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The Shire of Kent is a local government area in the Great Southern region of Western Australia, about 320 kilometres (200 mi) southeast of Perth, the state capital. The Shire covers an area of 5,634 square kilometres (2,175 sq mi) and its seat of government is the town of Nyabing. The area produces grains such as wheat, barley and legumes.

Shire of Kent
Western Australia
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Location in Western Australia
Population528 (2013 est)[1]
 • Density0.09372/km2 (0.24273/sq mi)
Area5,633.8 km2 (2,175.2 sq mi)
PresidentAlan Smith
Council seatNyabing
RegionGreat Southern
State electorate(s)Roe
Federal Division(s)O'Connor
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WebsiteShire of Kent
LGAs around Shire of Kent:
Dumbleyung Lake Grace Lake Grace
Katanning Shire of Kent Ravensthorpe
Broomehill-T. Gnowangerup Jerramungup



The Kent Road Board was formed and gazetted in 1922, and on 1 July 1961, it became a shire following changes to the Local Government Act. From 1955 until 1972, it was known as Nyabing-Pingrup.[2][3]

The name "Kent" comes from the commissariat officer of Dr T. Wilson’s expedition of 1829.


Following a redistribution in 2002, the Shire has been divided into four wards, each with two councillors:

  • Holland Rock Ward
  • Mindarabin Ward
  • Nampup Ward
  • Pingarnup Ward



  1. ^ "3218.0 Regional Population Growth, Australia. Table 5. Estimated Resident Population, Local Government Areas, Western Australia". 3 April 2014. Retrieved 11 September 2014.
  2. ^ WA Electoral Commission, Municipality Boundary Amendments Register (release 2.0), 31 May 2003.
  3. ^ "Shire of Nyabing-Pingrup. Alteration of Name. Order in Council. (per L.G. 117/65)". Western Australia Government Gazette. 29 November 1972. p. 1972:4560.

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