Shire of Carnamah

The Shire of Carnamah is a local government area located in the Mid West region of Western Australia, about 310 kilometres (193 mi) north of Perth, the state capital, and about 181 kilometres (112 mi) south of the city of Geraldton. The Shire covers an area of 2,876 square kilometres (1,110 sq mi) and its seat of government is the town of Carnamah.

Shire of Carnamah
Western Australia
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Carnamah Shire Hall, 2007
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Location in Western Australia
Population548 (2016 census)[1]
 • Density0.19052/km2 (0.4934/sq mi)
Area2,876.4 km2 (1,110.6 sq mi)
Shire PresidentMerle Isbister
Council seatCarnamah
RegionMid West
State electorate(s)Moore
Federal division(s)Durack
WebsiteShire of Carnamah
LGAs around Shire of Carnamah:
Irwin Three Springs Perenjori
Indian Ocean Shire of Carnamah Perenjori
Indian Ocean Coorow Coorow


The Carnamah Road District was formed out of land previously managed by the Irwin and Mingenew Road Boards on 24 August 1923. On 1 July 1961, it became a Shire under the Local Government Act 1960. On 19 April 1962, it lost three-fifths of its area when the Shire of Coorow was created.[2]

The Shire of Carnamah has seven elected Councillors. Councillors are elected by residents of the Shire and represent the whole Shire.

The President and Deputy President are elected by the Councillors after every election.

Elections are held in October every two years and half of the Council is due for re-election.[3]



Year Population
1933 1,373
1947 1,025
1954 1,741
1961 1,701
1966 996
1971 925
1976 1,411
1981 1,245
1986 1,418
1991 1,148
1996 1,039
2001 850
2006 749
2011 546

Heritage-listed placesEdit

As of 2021, 70 places are heritage-listed in the Shire of Carnamah,[4] of which one is on the State Register of Heritage Places, the Macpherson Homestead.[5] The homestead, which was State Heritage-listed in April 1995, dates back to 1870.


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Carnamah (S)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 28 October 2019.  
  2. ^ WA Electoral Commission, Municipality Boundary Amendments Register (release 3.0), 31 July 2003.
  3. ^ "Council | Shire of Carnamah".
  4. ^ "Shire of Carnamah Heritage Places". Heritage Council of Western Australia. Retrieved 10 February 2021.
  5. ^ "Shire of Carnamah State Register of Heritage Places". Heritage Council of Western Australia. Retrieved 10 February 2021.

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Coordinates: 29°41′13″S 115°53′31″E / 29.687°S 115.892°E / -29.687; 115.892