Shire of Yilgarn
|Shire of Yilgarn
Location in Western Australia
|Population||1,698 (2013 est)|
|• Density||0.055273/km2 (0.14316/sq mi)|
|Area||30,720 km2 (11,861.1 sq mi)|
|Council seat||Southern Cross|
|Website||Shire of Yilgarn|
The Shire of Yilgarn is a local government area in the Eastern Wheatbelt region of Western Australia about 400 kilometres (250 mi) east of Perth, the state capital. The Shire covers an area of 30,720 square kilometres (11,860 sq mi) and its seat of government is the town of Southern Cross. The main industries within the Shire are mining and farming.
In 1891, the Yilgarn Road District was gazetted. In 1918, it merged with the Municipality of Southern Cross (gazetted 1892). On 1 July 1961, it became a shire under the Local Government Act 1960.
The shire is divided into three wards.
- Town Ward (four councillors)
- North Ward (two councillors)
- South Ward (three councillors)
Towns and localities
Many of the following are ghost towns associated with short-lived mineral booms between the 1890s and the 1940s.
- William Oats, Southern Cross Municipality mayor 1895–1896; later a state MP
- Harold Seddon, Southern Cross Municipality councillor late 1910s; later a state MP
- Lionel Kelly, Yilgarn Road Board member 1929–1932, 1932–1943; later a state MP
- John Panizza, Shire of Yilgarn councillor 1975–1987, president 1982–1987; later a senator
- "3218.0 Regional Population Growth, Australia. Table 5. Estimated Resident Population, Local Government Areas, Western Australia". 3 April 2014. Retrieved 11 September 2014.
- WA Electoral Commission, Municipality Boundary Amendments Register (release 3.0), 31 May 2007.