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Murchison, Western Australia

Shire of Murchison
Western Australia
Western Australia
Population 114(2009)[1]
Area 41,173 km2 (15,897.0 sq mi)
Mayor Simon Broad
Region Mid West
State electorate(s) North West
Federal Division(s) Durack
LGAs around Shire of Murchison:
Upper Gascoyne Upper Gascoyne Meekatharra
Shark Bay Shire of Murchison Cue
Northampton Greater Geraldton Yalgoo

The Shire of Murchison is a large agricultural region in the central part of Western Australia, and is the only shire in Australia without a town.[2] At the 2006 Census, it was also the least populous local government area in Western Australia.[3]


The region is related to the catchment area of the Murchison River. It has extensive mining areas, some of which are active - with a large number of older abandoned workings. The region has large sheep stations and goat stations - also known as pastoral leases. The population of the shire is very scattered with only 200 inhabitants in the region.

This sparse population - and its consequent radio "quietness" - is one factor behind the Shire being selected as one of the two sites for the Square Kilometre Array - a proposed array of radio telescope receivers with a total collecting area of one square kilometre. It is already home to two other major radio telescope facilities: the Murchison Widefield Array and the Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder.


In 1875, the Murchison Road Board was gazetted. On 1 July 1961, it became the Shire Council following changes to the Local Government Act.[4]

A residence for the Shire Clerk was built in 1966 approximately 200 km north of the town of Mullewa. This building included a shire office. In 1985 a roadhouse and new Shire offices which include a museum were built; this area was gazetted as the Murchison Settlement in 1988.[2]


The shire is represented by 7 councillors, and has been divided into two wards. The shire president is elected from among the councillors.

  • Darlot Ward (4 councillors)
  • Ballinyoo Ward (3 councillors)

Prior to 2005, there were 4 wards - Boolardy, Byro, Mileura and Yallalong.


External links

  • Shire of Murchison
  • Geological mapping of the region

Further reading

  • (CSIRO Division of Exploration Geoscience report ; 2R).

Coordinates: 26°53′S 115°57′E / 26.883°S 115.950°E / -26.883; 115.950

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