Shire of Wyndham-East Kimberley

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Shire of Wyndham East Kimberley
Western Australia
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Population7,148 (2016 census)[1]
 • Density0.060827/km2 (0.157541/sq mi)
Area117,514 km2 (45,372.4 sq mi)
Shire PresidentDavid Menzel
Council seatKununurra
State electorate(s)Kimberley
Federal Division(s)Durack
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WebsiteShire of Wyndham East Kimberley
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The Shire of Wyndham East Kimberley is one of the four local government areas in the Kimberley Region of northern Western Australia, covering an area of 117,514 square kilometres (45,372 sq mi) at Western Australia's northeastern corner. The Shire's seat of government was originally in Wyndham but now in the town of Kununurra, which is home to over half of the Shire's permanent population of around 7,000 (ABS 2016), while a council office is located at Wyndham.

El Questro Wilderness Park, Drysdale River National Park, Lake Argyle, the Argyle diamond mine and about half of Gibb River Road are located within the Shire's boundaries.


In 1887, the East Kimberley Road District was gazetted. In 1896, its name was changed to the Wyndham Road District. On 1 July 1961, it became the Shire of Wyndham-East Kimberley under the Local Government Act 1960.[2]

The early 1960s establishment of Kununurra and the Ord River Irrigation Area eventually led to moving the seat of local government from Wyndham to Kununurra, which by the 1980s had become a larger centre of population.

Many large cattle stations exist in the area including Argyle Downs which was established by Patrick Durack and his brother Michael in 1882.[3]


The Shire of Wyndham East Kimberley has nine (9) Councillors elected to represent the whole of the Shire.[4]

2015 - 2016 Council controversy[edit]

In 2016, the Shire of Wyndham East Kimberley Council's power was temporarily transferred to Commissioner Ron Yuryevich (former Mayor of Kalgoorlie). The appointment of a Commissioner was as a result of ongoing dysfunction between the elected Councillors with allegations of bullying and undeclared financial interests reported to the Local Government Minister. The Shire was issued with a Show Cause Notice under the Local Government Act 1995 in May 2016, requiring elected members and senior staff to take part in mediation. Mediation was declared untenable by the mediator on 2 August 2016 and the shire was issued with a second Show Cause Notice by the Local Government Minister, notifying his intention to suspend council. Following the resignation of five Councillors after the budget adoption in September 2016, the Council was left with no quorum and was therefore unable to conduct its business. As a result of these resignations, the Governor of Western Australia made an order under the Local Government Act 1995 declaring all offices vacant and required the appointment of a Commissioner in place of Council until the Ordinary Elections in October 2017.[5]

Council elections were held in October 2017 and a new Council of 9 Councillors sworn in.


Year Population
1991 7,718
1996 8,761
2001 9,779
2006 6,596
2011 7,799
2016 7,494

Towns and localities[edit]

National Parks
Marine Parks
  • North Lalang-garram Marine Park
  • Lalang-garram / Camden Sound Marine Park
  • Lalang-garram / Horizontal Falls Marine Park (Also covers areas in the Shire of Derby West Kimberley)
Nature Reserves & Conservation Parks
  • Parry Lagoons Nature Reserve
  • Pelican Island Nature Reserve
  • Point Spring Nature Reserve
  • Ord River Nature Reserve
  • Barrbem Conservation Park
  • Darram Conservation Park
  • Goomig Conservation Park
  • Jemarnde-wooningim Conservation Park
  • Laterite Conservation Park
  • Mijing Conservation Park
  • Ngamoowalem Conservation Park


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Wyndham-East Kimberley (S)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 26 November 2017. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ WA Electoral Commission, Municipality Boundary Amendments Register (release 3.0), 31 May 2007.
  3. ^ "SMH Travel - Lake Argyle Village". The Sydney Morning Herald. 17 February 2005. Retrieved 2 December 2013.
  4. ^ Shire of Wyndham-East Kimberley website. Accessed 2006-10-27
  5. ^ "Shire of Wyndham-East Kimberley website". Shire of Wyndham-East Kimberley website. 17 November 2017. Retrieved 17 November 2017.

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Coordinates: 15°46′26″S 128°44′20″E / 15.774°S 128.739°E / -15.774; 128.739