Shire of Moora

The Shire of Moora is a local government area in the northern Wheatbelt region of Western Australia, and generally lies between the Brand Highway and Great Northern Highway about 180 kilometres (112 mi) north of Perth, the state capital. The Shire covers an area of 3,767 square kilometres (1,454 sq mi) and its seat of government is the town of Moora.

Shire of Moora
Western Australia
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The state heritage listed Moora Town Hall and the Shire Office, 2016
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Location in Western Australia
Population2,428 (2016 census)[1]
 • Density0.69/km2 (1.8/sq mi)
Established1908
Area3,766.9 km2 (1,454.4 sq mi)
MayorTracy Lefroy
Council seatMoora
RegionWheatbelt
State electorate(s)Moore
Federal Division(s)Durack
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WebsiteShire of Moora
LGAs around Shire of Moora:
Coorow Coorow Dalwallinu
Dandaragan Shire of Moora Dalwallinu
Gingin Victoria Plains Wongan-Ballidu

HistoryEdit

The Moora Road District was gazetted on 11 December 1908, created from part of the Victoria Plains Road District. The first election for the Moora Road Board was on 12 February 1909. Henry Lefroy was elected Chairman at the first meeting of the Road Board on 19 March 1909. Lefroy had previously been elected Chairman of the Victoria Plains Road Board in 1876.[2][3][4]

On 1 July 1961, Moora became a Shire under the Local Government Act 1960, which reformed all remaining road districts into shires.[5]

WardsEdit

The shire is undivided and the nine councillors represent the entire shire.

Until 20 October 2007, the shire was divided into wards, most with 1 councillor each:

  • Moora Town Ward (4 councillors)
  • Bindi Bindi
  • Coomberdale
  • Koojan
  • Miling
  • Watheroo

Towns and localitiesEdit

PopulationEdit

Year Population
1911 1,921
1921 1,642
1933 2,088
1947 2,006
1954 2,896
1961 3,082
1966 2,981
1971 3,120
1976 3,040
1981 3,102
1986 2,828
1991 2,654
1996 2,541
2001 2,557
2006 2,410
2011 2,476
2016 2,428

Notable councillorsEdit

  • Edgar Lewis, Moora Roads Board member 1936–1939; later a state MP
  • Ray Jones, Moora Roads Board member 1948–1952; later a state MP

In popular cultureEdit

In January 2017, a video emblazoned with the seal of Shire of Moora was uploaded to YouTube. The video, showing a road being built, went viral, bringing unexpected attention to the area.[6]

Heritage-listed placesEdit

As of 2021, 229 places are heritage-listed in the Shire of Moora,[7] of which five are on the State Register of Heritage Places.[8]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Moora (S)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 1 December 2017.  
  2. ^ "New Moora District Road Board First Election". The Midlands Advertiser. Moora, WA. 19 February 1909. p. 5. Retrieved 8 July 2015.
  3. ^ "Moora District Roads Board". The Midlands Advertiser. Moora, WA. 26 March 1909. p. 5. Retrieved 8 July 2015.
  4. ^ "Shire History". Shire of Moora. Retrieved 8 July 2015.
  5. ^ "Municipality Boundary Amendments Register" (PDF). Western Australian Electoral Distribution Commission. Retrieved 11 January 2020.
  6. ^ "Road building video is unlikely viral hit". 13 January 2017. Retrieved 14 January 2017.
  7. ^ "Shire of Moora Heritage Places". inherit.stateheritage.wa.gov.au. Heritage Council of Western Australia. Retrieved 27 March 2021.
  8. ^ "Shire of Moora State Register of Heritage Places". inherit.stateheritage.wa.gov.au. Heritage Council of Western Australia. Retrieved 27 March 2021.

External linksEdit

Coordinates: 30°38′17″S 116°00′36″E / 30.638°S 116.010°E / -30.638; 116.010