Shire of Meekatharra

The Shire of Meekatharra is a local government area in the Mid West region of Western Australia, about halfway between the town of Port Hedland and the state capital, Perth, Western Australia. The Shire covers an area of 100,789 square kilometres (38,915 sq mi), and its seat of government is the town of Meekatharra.

Shire of Meekatharra
Western Australia
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Location in Western Australia
Population1,067 (2016 census)[1]
 • Density0.010586/km2 (0.027419/sq mi)
Area100,789 km2 (38,914.9 sq mi)
Shire PresidentHarvey Nichols
Council seatMeekatharra
RegionMid West
State electorate(s)North West
Federal division(s)Durack
WebsiteShire of Meekatharra
LGAs around Shire of Meekatharra:
Ashburton East Pilbara East Pilbara
Upper Gascoyne Shire of Meekatharra Wiluna
Murchison Cue Sandstone


The Meekatharra Road District was established on 31 October 1909 out of the abolished Peak Hill Road District and Nannine Road District. It lost much of its territory to a reconstituted Nannine Road District on 7 December 1913, but regained much of that when the Nannine district was abolished for a second and final time on 24 January 1930. It became a shire on 1 July 1961 following the passage of the Local Government Act 1960, which reformed all remaining road districts into shires.[2]


The shire is divided into three wards:

  • Town Ward (five councillors)
  • Nannine Ward (two councillors)
  • Peak Hill Ward (two councillors)

Towns and localitiesEdit

Heritage-listed placesEdit

As of 2021, 102 places are heritage-listed in the Shire of Meekatharra,[3] of which three are on the State Register of Heritage Places.[4]


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Meekatharra (S)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 30 June 2017.  
  2. ^ "Municipality Boundary Amendments Register" (PDF). Western Australian Electoral Distribution Commission. Retrieved 11 January 2020.
  3. ^ "Shire of Meekatharra Heritage Places". Heritage Council of Western Australia. Retrieved 13 March 2021.
  4. ^ "Shire of Meekatharra State Register of Heritage Places". Heritage Council of Western Australia. Retrieved 13 March 2021.

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Coordinates: 26°35′35″S 118°29′28″E / 26.593°S 118.491°E / -26.593; 118.491