Shire of Merredin

The Shire of Merredin is a local government area in the Wheatbelt region of Western Australia, about 250 kilometres (155 mi) east of Perth, the state capital. Its seat of government is the town of Merredin, where 2,804 of the Shire's 3,595 residents live. The Shire covers an area of 3,300 square kilometres (1,274 sq mi).

Shire of Merredin
Western Australia
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The state heritage listed Merredin District Hall, 2014
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Location in Western Australia
Population3,350 (2016 census)[1]
 • Density1.0152/km2 (2.629/sq mi)
Area3,299.7 km2 (1,274.0 sq mi)
Shire PresidentMark McKenzie
Council seatMerredin
RegionWheatbelt
State electorate(s)Central Wheatbelt
Federal division(s)Durack
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WebsiteShire of Merredin
LGAs around Shire of Merredin:
Nungarin Mukinbudin Westonia
Kellerberrin Shire of Merredin Westonia
Bruce Rock Narembeen Yilgarn

HistoryEdit

On 30 June 1921, the Merredin Road District was created. On 1 July 1961, it became a shire under the Local Government Act 1960.[2]

WardsEdit

On 3 May 2003, all wards were abolished and all 11 councillors sit at large.

Prior to this, the ward structure was as follows:

  • Central Ward (7 councillors)
  • North West Ward
  • North East Ward
  • South West Ward
  • Totadgin Ward

Towns and localitiesEdit

PopulationEdit

Year Population
1921 2,799
1933 3,445
1947 3,023
1954 3,797
1961 4,563
1966 5,297
1971 4,693
1976 4,730
1981 4,525
1986 4,177
1991 3,802
1996 3,634
2001 3,595
2006 3,245
2011 3,282
2016 3,350

Notable councillorsEdit

  • William Telfer, Merredin Roads Board member 1936–1955, chairman 1938–1955; also a state MP

Heritage-listed placesEdit

As of 2021, 99 places are heritage-listed in the Shire of Merredin,[3] of which 13 are on the State Register of Heritage Places.[4]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Merredin (S)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 28 October 2019.  
  2. ^ WA Electoral Commission, Municipality Boundary Amendments Register (release 3.0), 31 July 2007.
  3. ^ "Shire of Merredin Heritage Places". inherit.stateheritage.wa.gov.au. Heritage Council of Western Australia. Retrieved 27 March 2021.
  4. ^ "Shire of Merredin State Register of Heritage Places". inherit.stateheritage.wa.gov.au. Heritage Council of Western Australia. Retrieved 27 March 2021.

External linksEdit

  Media related to Shire of Merredin at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 31°28′59″S 118°17′10″E / 31.483°S 118.286°E / -31.483; 118.286