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Shire of Carnarvon

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Population  6,139 (2013 est)
Shire President  Karl Brandenburg
State electorate(s)  North West
Area  46,664 km²
Council seat  Carnarvon
Established  1965
Region  Gascoyne
Website  Shire of Carnarvon
Founded  1965
Federal division  Division of Durack

Points of interest  One Mile Jetty, Quobba Blow Holes, Carnarvon Space and Technolo, Carnarvon Heritage Group, OTC Satellite Earth Stat
Destinations  Shark Bay, Coral Bay, Carnarvon, Shark Bay Marine Park, Minilya - Western Australia

The Shire of Carnarvon is a local government area in the Gascoyne region of Western Australia, located about 900 kilometres (559 mi) north of the state capital, Perth. The Shire covers an area of 46,664 square kilometres (18,017 sq mi), and its seat of government is the town of Carnarvon. The major industries in the area are wool, agriculture (especially bananas and tomatoes) and, more recently, tourism.


Map of Carnarvon, WA, Australia


Carnarvon started as three entities

  1. the Carnarvon Municipality, which governed the town of Carnarvon and was constituted in 1891;
  2. the Lower Gascoyne Road District (1887)
  3. the Minilya Road District (1893).

In 1911, the two road districts merged to form the Gascoyne-Minilya Road District. On 1 July 1961, Carnarvon became a town and Gascoyne-Minilya a shire under the Local Government Act 1960. On 1 March 1965, the two entities merged to form the Shire of Carnarvon.


The Shire is divided into 4 wards, most of which have one councillor. The Shire President is directly elected.

  • Town Ward (6 councillors)
  • Plantation Ward
  • Gascoyne/Minilya North
  • Gascoyne/Minilya South
  • Towns and localities

  • Carnarvon
  • Babbage Island
  • Brockman
  • Coral Bay
  • Gnaraloo
  • Kennedy Range
  • Lyndon
  • Macleod
  • Wooramel
  • Notable councillors

  • Dudley Maslen, Shire of Carnarvon councillor 1975–1988; later a state MP
  • References

    Shire of Carnarvon Wikipedia