Shire of Halls Creek
|Shire of Halls Creek
|Population||3,940 (2013 est)|
|• Density||0.02755/km2 (0.07135/sq mi)|
|Area||143,030 km2 (55,224.2 sq mi)|
|Council seat||Halls Creek|
|Website||Shire of Halls Creek|
The Shire of Halls Creek is one of the four local government areas in the Kimberley Region of northern Western Australia, covering an area of 143,030 square kilometres (55,224 sq mi), most of which is sparsely populated. The Shire's seat of government is the town of Halls Creek. Many Aboriginal communities are located within the shire.
The Shire of Halls Creek originated as the Kimberley Goldfields Road District in 1887; in 1915 it was renamed Halls Creek. On 1 July 1961, it became a shire under the Local Government Act 1960.
The area is home to many large cattle stations including Bedford Downs Station which was established some time prior to 1906 by the Buchanan and Gordon Brothers, the property experienced many difficulties including the spearing of cattle and isolation of the area. In two years nearly a dozen men had also been murdered by the traditional owners.
The Shire is divided into three wards.
- Town Ward (four councillors)
- South Ward (three councillors)
- North Ward (one councillor)
A review of wards and representation was carried out in late 2008 and, at its December 2008 meeting, the Council resolved to recommend to the Local Government Advisory Board that the wards be abolished.
- "3218.0 Regional Population Growth, Australia. Table 5. Estimated Resident Population, Local Government Areas, Western Australia". 3 April 2014. Retrieved 11 September 2014.
- "The Kimberley Cattle Industry". The West Australian (Perth: National Library of Australia). 22 November 1907. p. 7. Retrieved 2 December 2013.