Shire of Morawa

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Shire of Morawa
Western Australia
Morawa LGA WA.png
Location in Western Australia
Population 906 (2013 est)[1]
 • Density 0.25769/km2 (0.6674/sq mi)
Area 3,515.8 km2 (1,357.5 sq mi)
President K J (Karen) Chappel
Council seat Morawa
Region Mid West
State electorate(s) Moore
Federal Division(s) Durack
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Website Shire of Morawa
LGAs around Shire of Morawa:
Greater Geraldton Greater Geraldton Yalgoo
Mingenew Shire of Morawa Perenjori
Three Springs Perenjori Perenjori

The Shire of Morawa is a local government area in the Mid West region of Western Australia, about 170 kilometres (106 mi) east-southeast of the city of Geraldton and about 390 kilometres (242 mi) north of the state capital, Perth. The Shire covers an area of 3,516 square kilometres (1,358 sq mi), and its seat of government is the town of Morawa.

History[edit]

On 2 June 1916, the Perenjori-Morawa Road District was proclaimed on land previously managed by the Upper Irwin road board. On 27 April 1928 it split into the Perenjori and Morawa Road Districts. On 1 July 1961, Morawa became a shire under the Local Government Act 1960.[2]

On 18 September 2009, the Shires of Mingenew, Three Springs, Morawa and Perenjori announced their intention to amalgamate. A formal agreement was signed five days later, and the name Billeranga was later chosen.[3] However, by February 2011, community pressure had led to the negotiations stalling, and on 16 April 2011, voters from the Shire of Perenjori defeated the proposal at a referendum.[4][5]

Wards[edit]

The Shire is no longer divided into wards and the seven councillors sit at large. Prior to the 1997 election, the Shire was divided into wards:

  • Town Ward (three councillors)
  • Central Ward (two councillors)
  • North Ward (two councillors)
  • South Ward (two councillors)
  • Pintharuka Ward (two councillors)

Towns and localities[edit]

Population[edit]

Year Population
1933 1,141
1947 943
1954 1,317
1961 1,718
1966 1,718
1971 1,649
1976 1,466
1981 1,290
1986 1,165
1991 1,007
1996 1,058
2001 924
2006 824

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. ^ WA Electoral Commission, Municipality Boundary Amendments Register (release 3.0), 31 May 2007.
  3. ^ "Mid-West councils to amalgamate". ABC Online. 18 September 2009. 
  4. ^ http://www.morawa.wa.gov.au/uploaddocs/referendum%20results.pdf
  5. ^ "Perenjori amalgamation not to proceed". Mid West News. 18 April 2011. Retrieved 26 May 2012. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 29°12′40″S 116°00′32″E / 29.211°S 116.009°E / -29.211; 116.009