Shire of Morawa
|Shire of Morawa
Location in Western Australia
|Population||892(2011 est) |
|• Density||0.25371/km2 (0.6571/sq mi)|
|Area||3,515.8 km2 (1,357.5 sq mi)|
|Mayor||J F (Jim) Cook|
The Shire of Morawa is a local government area in the Mid West region of Western Australia, about 170 kilometres (106 mi) east-southeast of the city of Geraldton and about 390 kilometres (242 mi) north of the state capital, Perth. The Shire covers an area of 3,516 square kilometres (1,358 sq mi), and its seat of government is the town of Morawa.
On 2 June 1916, the Perenjori-Morawa Road District was proclaimed on land previously managed by the Upper Irwin road board. On 27 April 1928 it split into the Perenjori and Morawa Road Districts. On 1 July 1961, Morawa became a shire under the Local Government Act 1960.
On 18 September 2009, the Shires of Mingenew, Three Springs, Morawa and Perenjori announced their intention to amalgamate. A formal agreement was signed five days later, and the name Billeranga was later chosen. However, by February 2011, community pressure had led to the negotiations stalling, and on 16 April 2011, voters from the Shire of Perenjori defeated the proposal at a referendum.
The Shire is no longer divided into wards and the seven councillors sit at large. Prior to the 1997 election, the Shire was divided into wards:
- Town Ward (three councillors)
- Central Ward (two councillors)
- North Ward (two councillors)
- South Ward (two councillors)
- Pintharuka Ward (two councillors)
- "3218.0 Regional Population Growth, Australia. Table 5. Estimated Resident Population, Local Government Areas, Western Australia". 30 March 2012. Retrieved 26 May 2012.
- WA Electoral Commission, Municipality Boundary Amendments Register (release 3.0), 31 May 2007.
- "Mid-West councils to amalgamate". ABC Online. 18 September 2009.
- "Perenjori amalgamation not to proceed". Mid West News. 18 April 2011. Retrieved 26 May 2012.