Shire of Upper Gascoyne facts for kids
Quick facts for kidsShire of Upper Gascoyne
Location in Western Australia
|Population||262 (2013 est)|
|• Density||0.004522/km2 (0.01171/sq mi)|
|Area||57,939 km2 (22,370.4 sq mi)|
|Council seat||Gascoyne Junction|
|State electorate(s)||North West|
|Website||Shire of Upper Gascoyne|
The Shire of Upper Gascoyne is a local government area in the Gascoyne region of Western Australia, inland from Carnarvon and about 1,000 kilometres (621 mi) north of the state capital, Perth. The Shire has an area of 57,939 square kilometres (22,370 sq mi), much of which is uninhabited land or sparsely vegetated sheep station country, and its seat of government is the small town of Gascoyne Junction. It has a population of 285 (ABS 2006), 46% of whom identify as Aboriginal.
In 1887, the Upper Gascoyne Road District was gazetted. On 1 July 1961, it became a Shire under the Local Government Act 1960. The original Road Board office is now a heritage-listed site.
The shire is divided into 3 wards, each with two councillors:
- North Ward
- South Ward
- East Ward
- Everard Darlot, Upper Gascoyne Road Board member 1887; later a state MP
- Lionel Kelly, Upper Gascoyne Road Board member 1927–1928; later a state MP
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