Shire of Westonia

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This article is about a local government area. For the town, see Westonia, Western Australia.
Shire of Westonia
Western Australia
Westonia LGA WA.png
Location in Western Australia
Population 277 (2011 Census)[1]
 • Density 0.08383/km2 (0.2171/sq mi)
Area 3,304.4 km2 (1,275.8 sq mi)
Mayor Louis Geier
Council seat Westonia
Region Wheatbelt
State electorate(s) Central Wheatbelt
Federal Division(s) Kalgoorlie
Website Shire of Westonia
LGAs around Shire of Westonia:
Mount Marshall
Mukinbudin Shire of Westonia Yilgarn
Merredin

The Shire of Westonia is a local government area in the Eastern Wheatbelt region of Western Australia, about 310 kilometres (193 mi) east of Perth, the state capital. Its seat of government is the small town of Westonia.

Although the Shire of Westonia is located in the Wheatbelt region, it is at the eastern limit of land suitable for wheat growing. The most important industries of Westonia today are wheat and sheep, but historically it was a gold mining area.

History[edit]

In 1916, the Westonia Road District was created on land previously within Merredin Road District. On 1 July 1961, it became the Shire of Westonia under the Local Government Act 1960.[2]

Wards[edit]

The Shire initially had a ward system with two elected members representing the north, south, west and town wards (for a total of eight members). However, following the 2009 local government elections the Shire of Westonia's ward system was abolished and the number of elected members was dropped to six.

Towns[edit]

Population[edit]

Year Population
1921 842
1933 1,032
1947 547
1954 487
1961 435
1966 612
1971 473
1976 510
1981 453
1986 484
1991 282
1996 292
2001 237
2006 213

References[edit]

  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Westonia (S)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 2013-03-03. 
  2. ^ WA Electoral Commission, Municipality Boundary Amendments Register (release 3.0), 31 July 2007.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 31°18′11″S 118°41′56″E / 31.303°S 118.699°E / -31.303; 118.699