Shire of Sandstone

The Shire of Sandstone is a local government area in the eastern Mid West region of Western Australia, about 740 kilometres (460 mi) northeast of the state capital, Perth. The Shire covers an area of 32,882 square kilometres (12,696 sq mi), and its seat of government is the town of Sandstone.

Shire of Sandstone
Western Australia
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Location in Western Australia
Population89 (2016 census)[1]
 • Density0.002707/km2 (0.00701/sq mi)
Area32,882.2 km2 (12,695.9 sq mi)
PresidentBethel Walton
Council seatSandstone
RegionMid West
State electorate(s)Kalgoorlie
Federal division(s)Kalgoorlie
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WebsiteShire of Sandstone
LGAs around Shire of Sandstone:
Cue Meekatharra Wiluna
Mount Magnet Shire of Sandstone Leonora
Yalgoo Mount Marshall Menzies


Gold was found in the surrounding area in the late 1800s with the population of the district growing to 6,000 - 8,000 people during this time.[2]

The Black Range Road District was gazetted on 28 March 1897, receiving some land from North Coolgardie in 1908, and Leonora-Mount Malcolm in 1930. On 1 July 1961, it was renamed Sandstone and became a Shire Council following changes to the Local Government Act which reformed all remaining road districts into shires.[3]


The shire is no longer divided into wards and the six councillors sit at large. According to the Western Australian Electoral Commission, only 65 people were registered to vote as of September 2006 within the shire's area.[4]

Towns and localitiesEdit

Heritage-listed placesEdit

As of 2021, 53 places are heritage-listed in the Shire of Sandstone,[5] of which three are on the State Register of Heritage Places.[6]


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Sandstone (S)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 26 November 2017.  
  2. ^ "Shire of Sandstone Local Planning Strategy" (PDF). Western Australian Planning Commission. 22 March 2016. Retrieved 25 February 2017.
  3. ^ "Municipality Boundary Amendments Register" (PDF). Western Australian Electoral Distribution Commission. Retrieved 11 January 2020.
  4. ^ Western Australian Electoral Commission (2006). "Fact Sheet - Local Government in Western Australia". Archived from the original on 29 August 2007. Retrieved 8 May 2007.
  5. ^ "Shire of Sandstone Heritage Places". Heritage Council of Western Australia. Retrieved 13 March 2021.
  6. ^ "Shire of Sandstone State Register of Heritage Places". Heritage Council of Western Australia. Retrieved 13 March 2021.

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Coordinates: 27°59′17″S 119°17′46″E / 27.988°S 119.296°E / -27.988; 119.296