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Shire of Upper Gascoyne
Western Australia
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The Shire of Upper Gascoyne administration office
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Location in Western Australia
Population 278 (2016 census)
 • Density 0.004798/km2 (0.01243/sq mi)
Established 1887
Area 57,939 km2 (22,370.4 sq mi)
Shire President Don Hammmarquist
Council seat Gascoyne Junction
Region Gascoyne region
State electorate(s) North West
Federal Division(s) Durack
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Website Shire of Upper Gascoyne
LGAs around Shire of Upper Gascoyne:
Ashburton Ashburton Meekatharra
Carnarvon Shire of Upper Gascoyne Meekatharra
Shark Bay Murchison Meekatharra

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 (620 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 278 (2016 census), 58% 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


Notable councillors

  • 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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