Shire of Coolgardie

The Shire of Coolgardie is a local government area in the Goldfields-Esperance region of Western Australia, lying roughly west and south of the city of Kalgoorlie. The Shire covers an area of 30,400 square kilometres (11,738 sq mi), and its seat of government is the town of Coolgardie, although the twin towns of Kambalda and Kambalda West contain two-thirds of the Shire's population.

Shire of Coolgardie
Western Australia
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Location in Western Australia
Population3,610 (2016 census)[1]
 • Density0.1188/km2 (0.3076/sq mi)
Area30,400 km2 (11,737.5 sq mi)
MayorMalcolm Cullen
Council seatCoolgardie
State electorate(s)Kalgoorlie
Federal Division(s)O'Connor
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WebsiteShire of Coolgardie
LGAs around Shire of Coolgardie:
Menzies Menzies Kalgoorlie- Boulder
Yilgarn Shire of Coolgardie Kalgoorlie- Boulder
Yilgarn Dundas Dundas


The Shire of Coolgardie originated as the Coolgardie Road District, which was established on 7 August 1896, consisting of the rural areas surrounding the town of Coolgardie, which had already been incorporated as the Municipality of Coolgardie in 1894. As the gold rush waned in the area, the municipality merged into the road district on 20 May 1921.[2]

It was declared a shire with effect from 1 July 1961 following the passage of the Local Government Act 1960, which reformed all remaining road districts into shires.[2]


In 2007, the ward system was abolished. Prior to this, the Shire had eight councillors and four wards:

  • Kambalda West (three councillors)
  • Kambalda (two councillors)
  • Coolgardie (two councillors)
  • Country (one councillor)


Heritage-listed placesEdit

As of 2021, 160 places are heritage-listed in the Shire of Coolgardie,[3] of which 25 are on the State Register of Heritage Places.[4]



  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Coolgardie (S)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 26 November 2017.  
  2. ^ a b "Municipality Boundary Amendments Register" (PDF). Western Australian Electoral Distribution Commission. Retrieved 11 January 2020.
  3. ^ "Shire of Coolgardie Heritage Places". Heritage Council of Western Australia. Retrieved 7 February 2021.
  4. ^ "Shire of Coolgardie State Register of Heritage Places". Heritage Council of Western Australia. Retrieved 7 February 2021.

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Coordinates: 30°57′11″S 121°09′50″E / 30.953°S 121.164°E / -30.953; 121.164