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Shire of Carnarvon

The Shire of Carnarvon is a local government area in the Gascoyne region of Western Australia, located about 900 kilometres (560 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.

Shire of Carnarvon
Western Australia
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Location in Western Australia
Population5,528 (2016 census)[1]
 • Density0.118465/km2 (0.306823/sq mi)
Area46,663.5 km2 (18,016.9 sq mi)
Shire PresidentKarl Brandenburg
Council seatCarnarvon
State electorate(s)North West
Federal Division(s)Durack
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WebsiteShire of Carnarvon
LGAs around Shire of Carnarvon:
Indian Ocean Exmouth Ashburton
Indian Ocean Shire of Carnarvon Upper Gascoyne
Indian Ocean Shark Bay Shark Bay


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.[2]


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 localitiesEdit

Notable councillorsEdit

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


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Carnarvon (S)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 26 November 2017.  
  2. ^ WA Electoral Commission, Municipality Boundary Amendments Register (release 3.0), 31 May 2007.

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