Shire of East Pilbara

The Shire of East Pilbara is one of the four local government areas in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. With an area of 372,571 square kilometres (144,000 sq mi), it is the largest local government region in Australia.[2] The Shire's seat of government, and home to nearly half the Shire's population, is the town of Newman in the shire's south-west.

Shire of East Pilbara
Western Australia
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Location in Western Australia
Population10,591 (2016 census)[1]
 • Density0.0284268/km2 (0.073625/sq mi)
Area372,571 km2 (143,850.5 sq mi)
Shire presidentAnthony Middleton
Council seatNewman
State electorate(s)Pilbara
Federal division(s)Durack
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WebsiteShire of East Pilbara
LGAs around Shire of East Pilbara:
Broome Derby-West Kimberley Halls Creek
Ashburton Shire of East Pilbara Central Desert (NT)
Meekatharra Wiluna Ngaanyatjarraku


The Shire of East Pilbara was established on 27 May 1972 with the amalgamation of the Shire of Marble Bar and the Shire of Nullagine.[3] The Shire offices and administration centre previously resided in the Town of Marble Bar, but in 1987 was moved to Newman after BHP ceded the town (formerly a closed town) to the Shire.


The Shire is divided into six wards, having a total of eleven Councillors and one Shire President:

  • South Ward
  • North
  • North West
  • Central
  • Lower Central
  • East


Heritage-listed placesEdit

As of 2021, 97 places are heritage-listed in the Shire of East Pilbara,[4] of which seven are on the State Register of Heritage Places, among them Corunna Downs Station, Corunna Downs Airfield and the Ironclad Hotel.[5]


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "East Pilbara (S)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 26 November 2017.  
  2. ^ "Our Shire and Our Towns". Newman, WA: Shire of East Pilbara. Retrieved 28 October 2020.
  3. ^ "Municipality Boundary Amendments Register" (PDF). Western Australian Electoral Distribution Commission. Retrieved 11 January 2020.
  4. ^ "Shire of East Pilbara Heritage Places". Heritage Council of Western Australia. Retrieved 12 March 2021.
  5. ^ "Shire of East Pilbara State Register of Heritage Places". Heritage Council of Western Australia. Retrieved 12 March 2021.

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Coordinates: 23°21′14″S 119°43′55″E / 23.354°S 119.732°E / -23.354; 119.732