Shire of Moora

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This article is about a local government area. For the town, see Moora, Western Australia.
Shire of Moora
Western Australia
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Location in Western Australia
Population 2,535 (2013 est)[1]
 • Density 0.69/km2 (1.8/sq mi)
Established 1908
Area 3,766.9 km2 (1,454.4 sq mi)
Mayor Sheryl Bryan
Council seat Moora
Region Wheatbelt
State electorate(s) Moore
Federal Division(s) Durack
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Website Shire of Moora
LGAs around Shire of Moora:
Coorow Coorow Dalwallinu
Dandaragan Shire of Moora Dalwallinu
Gingin Victoria Plains Wongan-Ballidu

The Shire of Moora is a local government area in the northern Wheatbelt region of Western Australia, and generally lies between the Brand Highway and Great Northern Highway about 180 kilometres (112 mi) north of Perth, the state capital. The Shire covers an area of 3,767 square kilometres (1,454 sq mi) and its seat of government is the town of Moora.

History[edit]

The Moora Road District was gazetted on 11 December 1908, created from part of the Victoria Plains Road District. The first election for the Moora Road Board was on 12 February 1909. H.B. Lefroy was elected Chairman at the first meeting of the Road Board on 19 March 1909. Lefroy had previously been elected Chairman of the Victoria Plains Road Board in 1876.[2][3][4]

On 1 July 1961, Moora became a Shire under the Local Government Act 1960.[5]

Wards[edit]

The shire is undivided and the nine councillors represent the entire shire.

Until 20 October 2007, the shire was divided into wards, most with 1 councillor each:

  • Moora Town Ward (4 councillors)
  • Bindi Bindi
  • Coomberdale
  • Koojan
  • Miling
  • Watheroo

Towns and localities[edit]

Population[edit]

Year Population
1911 1,921
1921 1,642
1933 2,088
1947 2,006
1954 2,896
1961 3,082
1966 2,981
1971 3,120
1976 3,040
1981 3,102
1986 2,828
1991 2,654
1996 2,541
2001 2,557
2006 2,410

Notable councillors[edit]

  • Edgar Lewis, Moora Roads Board member 1936–1939; later a state MP
  • Ray Jones, Moora Roads Board member 1948–1952; later a state MP

In popular culture[edit]

In January 2017, a video emblazoned with the seal of Shire of Moora was uploaded to Youtube. The video, showing a road being built, went viral, bringing unexpected attention to the area.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "3218.0 Regional Population Growth, Australia. Table 5. Estimated Resident Population, Local Government Areas, Western Australia". 3 April 2014. Retrieved 11 September 2014. 
  2. ^ "New Moora District Road Board First Election". The Midlands Advertiser. Moora, WA. 19 February 1909. p. 5. Retrieved 8 July 2015. 
  3. ^ "Moora District Roads Board". The Midlands Advertiser. Moora, WA. 26 March 1909. p. 5. Retrieved 8 July 2015. 
  4. ^ "Shire History". Shire of Moora. Retrieved 8 July 2015. 
  5. ^ WA Electoral Commission, Municipality Boundary Amendments Register (release 3.0), 31 July 2007.
  6. ^ "Road building video is unlikely viral hit". 13 January 2017. Retrieved 14 January 2017. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 30°38′17″S 116°00′36″E / 30.638°S 116.010°E / -30.638; 116.010