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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 began life as two entities - Coolgardie Municipality (1894), and Coolgardie Road District (1896). As the gold rush waned in the area, the former was merged into the latter in 1921, and on 1 July 1961, it became a shire under the Local Government Act 1960.[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)




  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Coolgardie (S)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 26 November 2017.  
  2. ^ WA Electoral Commission, Municipality Boundary Amendments Register (release 2.0), 31 May 2003.

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