Shire of Coolgardie
|Shire of Coolgardie
Location in Western Australia
|Population||4,324 (2013 est)|
|• Density||0.14224/km2 (0.3684/sq mi)|
|Area||30,400 km2 (11,737.5 sq mi)|
|Website||Shire of Coolgardie|
The Shire of Coolgardie is a local government area in the Goldfields-Esperance region of Western Australia, lying roughly west and south of the city of Kalgoorlie. The Shire covers an area of 30,400 square kilometres (11,738 sq mi), and its seat of government is the town of Coolgardie, although the twin towns of Kambalda and Kambalda West contain two-thirds of the Shire's population.
The Shire began life as two entities - Coolgardie Municipality (1894), and Coolgardie Road District (1896). As the gold rush waned in the area, the former was merged into the latter in 1921, and on 1 July 1961, it became a shire under the Local Government Act 1960.
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In 2007, the ward system was abolished. Prior to this, the Shire had eight councillors and four wards:
- Kambalda West (three councillors)
- Kambalda (two councillors)
- Coolgardie (two councillors)
- Country (one councillor)
- Bonnie Vale
- Burbanks (also Burbanks Gold Mine)
- Kambalda West
- Mount Burges
- "3218.0 Regional Population Growth, Australia. Table 5. Estimated Resident Population, Local Government Areas, Western Australia". 3 April 2014. Retrieved 11 September 2014.
- WA Electoral Commission, Municipality Boundary Amendments Register (release 2.0), 31 May 2003.