Shire of East Pilbara
|Shire of East Pilbara|
Location in Western Australia
|Population||10,591 (2016 census)|
|• Density||0.0279026/km2 (0.072267/sq mi)|
|Area||379,571 km2 (146,553.2 sq mi)|
|Website||Shire of East Pilbara|
The Shire of East Pilbara is one of the four local government areas in the Pilbara region of Western Australia, and with an area close to 380,000 square kilometres (147,000 sq mi), is the third largest municipality in the world, after two new municipalities in Greenland (Avannaata and Sermersooq, with each around 650,000 km2). The municipality is bigger than many countries, for example Finland and is comparable to Japan. The Shire's seat of government, and home to slightly over half the Shire's population, is the town of Newman in the shire's south-west.
The Shire has its origin in two early road districts: Bamboo, established in 1896 and renamed Marble Bar in 1904; and Nullagine, established in 1898. On 1 July 1961, both became shires under the Local Government Act 1960.
On 27 May 1972 the two merged to form the Shire of East Pilbara.
The Shire is divided into six wards, most with one councillor:
- South Ward (five councillors)
- North West
- Lower Central
- Goldsworthy (former town)
- Jigalong (Aboriginal community)
- Marble Bar
- Shay Gap (former town)
- Noel Butcher, Nullagine Road Board member 1945, later a state MP
- Arthur Bickerton, Marble Bar Road Board member 1956–1958, later a state MP