Shire of Kent facts for kids
Quick facts for kidsShire of Kent
Location in Western Australia
|Population||559 (2016 census)|
|• Density||0.09922/km2 (0.2570/sq mi)|
|Area||5,633.8 km2 (2,175.2 sq mi)|
|Shire President||Scott Crosby|
|Website||Shire of Kent|
The Shire of Kent is a local government area in the Great Southern region of Western Australia, about 320 kilometres (200 mi) southeast of Perth, the state capital. The Shire covers an area of 5,634 square kilometres (2,175 sq mi) and its seat of government is the town of Nyabing. The area produces grains such as wheat, barley and legumes.
The Kent Road Board was formed and gazetted in 1922, and on 1 July 1961, it became a shire following changes to the Local Government Act. From 1955 until 1972, it was known as Nyabing-Pingrup.
The name "Kent" comes from the commissariat officer of Dr T. Wilson’s expedition of 1829.
Following a redistribution in 2002, the Shire has been divided into four wards, each with two councillors:
- Holland Rock Ward
- Mindarabin Ward
- Nampup Ward
- Pingarnup Ward
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