Shire of Halls Creek

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Shire of Halls Creek
Western Australia
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Population3,269 (2016 census)[1]
 • Density0.022855/km2 (0.059195/sq mi)
Area143,030 km2 (55,224.2 sq mi)
PresidentMalcolm Edwards
Council seatHalls Creek
State electorate(s)Kimberley
Federal Division(s)Durack
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WebsiteShire of Halls Creek
LGAs around Shire of Halls Creek:
Derby-West Kimberley Wyndham-East Kimberley Victoria Daly (NT)
Derby-West Kimberley Shire of Halls Creek Victoria Daly (NT)
East Pilbara East Pilbara Central Desert (NT)

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 Purnululu National Park, home to part of the Bungle Bungle Range, and Gregory Lake are within the Shire, as is the Wolfe Creek Meteorite Crater National Park.


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.[2]

Other properties in the area include Alice Downs, Louisa Downs, Moola Bulla, Springvale and Ruby Plains Station.


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.



  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Halls Creek (S)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 26 November 2017. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ "The Kimberley Cattle Industry". The West Australian. Perth: National Library of Australia. 22 November 1907. p. 7. Retrieved 2 December 2013.

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Coordinates: 18°13′37″S 127°40′05″E / 18.227°S 127.668°E / -18.227; 127.668