Shire of Plantagenet facts for kids
|Shire of Plantagenet
|Population||5,182 (2013 est)|
|• Density||1.08139/km2 (2.8008/sq mi)|
|Area||4,792 km2 (1,850.2 sq mi)|
|President||Cr Ken Clements|
|Council seat||Mount Barker|
|Website||Shire of Plantagenet|
The Shire of Plantagenet is a local government area in the Great Southern region of Western Australia, managed from the town of Mount Barker, 360 kilometres (224 mi) south of Perth and 50 kilometres (31 mi) north of Albany. The shire covers an area of 4,792 square kilometres (1,850 sq mi) and includes the communities of Narrikup, Rocky Gully, Kendenup and Porongurup.
The region is noted for agriculture, principally wheat, sheep (wool and meat), beef cattle, wine, canola and olives. Silviculture, especially plantations of Tasmanian Blue Gums (Eucalyptus globulus), was a major industry in the shire although some recent silviculture enterprises (Great Southern Plantations and Timbercorp) have gone into receivership. Local tourist attractions include the Porongurup Range and Stirling Range, a museum based within the original police station, and other pioneer structures such as St Werburghs Chapel.
The Plantagenet Road Board was gazetted on 24 January 1871 as one of 18 elected boards to manage roads and services in Western Australia, and initially included a reasonably large section of the Great Southern region. On 1 July 1961, it became the Shire of Plantagenet following the enactment of the Local Government Act.
The Shire was redivided into five wards in 2001. The shire president is elected from amongst the councillors.
- East Ward (two councillors)
- Kendenup Ward (one councillor)
- Rocky Gully/West Ward (two councillors)
- South Ward (one councillor)
- Town Ward (three councillors)
The Shire of Plantagenet provides the usual services that Western Australian local governments would supply. Rubbish collection is provided by Warren Blackwood Waste. A tip is located on O'Neill Road south of Mount Barker and transfer stations are at Kendenup, Porongurup and Narrikup.
Ranger Services and a Community Emergency Services Manager (CESM) are based in the Shire Office in Mount Barker. The CESM assists the local Bush Fire Brigades and State Emergency Service unit. The Bush Fire Brigades are located at Porongurup, Porongurup South, Narrikup, Narpyn, Kendenup, Woogenellup, Rocky Gully, Perrilup, Denbarker, Forest Hill and Middle Ward. South Stirlings BFB works closely with the Plantagenet Shire but is actually registered with Albany City Council.
A Local Emergency Management Committee and a Roadwise Committee are just two examples of how the Shire engages with the community.
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