Shire of Capel

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Shire of Capel
Western Australia
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Location in Western Australia
Population 17,316 (2015 est)[1]
 • Density 31.055/km2 (80.431/sq mi)
Established 1894
Area 557.6 km2 (215.3 sq mi)
Council seat Capel
Region South West
State electorate(s) Collie-Preston
Federal Division(s) Forrest
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Website Shire of Capel
LGAs around Shire of Capel:
Indian Ocean Bunbury Dardanup
Indian Ocean Shire of Capel Donnybrook- Balingup
Busselton Busselton Donnybrook- Balingup

The Shire of Capel is a local government area in the South West region of Western Australia, taking in the land between the cities of Bunbury and Busselton about 200 kilometres (124 mi) south of the state capital, Perth. The Shire covers an area of 557.6 square kilometres (215.3 sq mi), and its seat of government is the town of Capel. The Shire of Capel has 29 km of beach frontage onto Geographe Bay including Forrest, Peppermint Grove, Minninup and Dalyellup beaches.[2][3]


Capel was initially constituted as the Bunbury Road District in 1894 (as distinguished from the Bunbury Municipal District). In 1907, it was renamed to Capel, and on 1 July 1961, it became a shire under the Local Government Act 1960.[4]


The Shire is no longer divided into wards and the eleven councillors sit at large.

Towns and localities[edit]


  1. ^ "3218.0 – Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2014–15". Australian Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 29 September 2016. 
  2. ^ "My Capel". 2009. Retrieved 2009-09-14. 
  3. ^ Shire of Capel (2013). "Local Profile 2013" (PDF). 
  4. ^ WA Electoral Commission, Municipality Boundary Amendments Register (release 2.0), 31 May 2003.

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Coordinates: 33°33′25″S 115°33′58″E / 33.557°S 115.566°E / -33.557; 115.566