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Shire of East Pilbara
Western Australia
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Location in Western Australia
Population 10,591 (2016 census)
 • Density 0.0284268/km2 (0.073625/sq mi)
Established 1972
Area 372,571 km2 (143,850.5 sq mi)
Shire president Anthony Middleton
Council seat Newman
Region Pilbara
State electorate(s) Pilbara
Federal Division(s) Durack
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Website Shire of East Pilbara
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The Shire of East Pilbara is one of the four local government areas in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. With an area of 372,571 square kilometres (144,000 sq mi), it is the largest local government region in Australia. The Shire's seat of government, and home to nearly half the Shire's population, is the town of Newman in the shire's south-west.


The Shire has its origin in two early road districts: Bamboo, established in 1896 and renamed Marble Bar in 1904; and Nullagine, established in 1898. On 1 July 1961, both became shires under the Local Government Act 1960.

On 27 May 1972 the two merged to form the Shire of East Pilbara.


The Shire is divided into six wards, most with one councillor:

  • South Ward (five councillors)
  • North
  • North West
  • Central
  • Lower Central
  • East


Notable councillors

  • Noel Butcher, Nullagine Road Board member 1945, later a state MP
  • Arthur Bickerton, Marble Bar Road Board member 1956–1958, later a state MP
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