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Shire of Dandaragan

Shire of Dandaragan
Western Australia
Location in Western Australia
Population 3,325 (2013 est)[1]
 • Density 0.49506/km2 (1.28221/sq mi)
Established 1890
Area 6,716.3 km2 (2,593.2 sq mi)
Mayor Shane Love
Council seat Jurien Bay
Region Wheatbelt
State electorate(s) Moore
Federal Division(s) Durack
LGAs around Shire of Dandaragan:
Coorow Coorow
Shire of Dandaragan Moora
Gingin Victoria Plains

The Shire of Dandaragan is a local government area located in the Wheatbelt region of Western Australia, about 200 kilometres (124 mi) north of the state capital, Perth. The Shire covers an area of 6,716 square kilometres (2,593 sq mi) and its seat of government is the town of Jurien Bay.


On 27 February 1890, the Dandaragan Road District was created. On 1 July 1961, it became a shire following the enactment of the Local Government Act 1960.[2] Until the late 1960s it was a sparsely populated agricultural shire, but the coastal towns of Jurien Bay and Cervantes and the popularity of The Pinnacles Desert with tourists have helped to fuel the Shire's growth. Originally the Shire's main administration centre was in the small town of Dandaragan, however due to the disproportionate population growth in the town of Jurien Bay the administration was relocated there in 2003.


On 22 May 1971, the shire was divided into Coastal, Central, North and South wards, and its representation increased from seven to nine councillors.[3] Over time, the Coastal ward increased in size, and ultimately on 2 May 1987, the ward was abolished and two new wards, Cervantes and Jurien, were created.[4] By 3 November 1989, the following wards existed:[2]

  • Jurien Ward (three councillors)
  • Cervantes Ward (two councillors)
  • Badgingarra Ward (two councillors) (formerly North Ward)
  • Dandaragan Ward (three councillors) (formerly South Ward)

On 7 May 2005, the shire was redivided into two wards:

  • North Ward (five councillors)
  • South Ward (four councillors)

By the 2009 Council elections all wards had been abolished and nine councillors represent the whole shire.

Towns and localities


Year Population
1911 269
1921 222
1933 240
1947 191
1954 303
1961 456
1966 619
1971 1,345
1976 1,709
1981 1,785
1986 2,128
1991 2,363
1996 2,570
2001 2,988
2006 2,884
2011 3,185


  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. ^ a b WA Electoral Commission, Municipality Boundary Amendments Register (release 3.0), 31 July 2007.
  3. ^ "Local Government Act 1960 - Shire of Dandaragan - Wards and Membership. Order in Council. (per L.G. 421/68)". Western Australia Government Gazette. 26 March 1971. p. 1971:976. 
  4. ^ "Local Government Act 1960 - Shire of Dandaragan (Ward Boundaries and Representation) Order 1987". Western Australia Government Gazette. 9 January 1987. p. 1987:43–44. 

External links

  • Official website

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