Shire of Wyndham-East Kimberley facts for kids
|Shire of Wyndham East Kimberley
|Area:||117514 km² (45,372.4 sq mi)|
The Shire of Wyndham East Kimberley is one of the four local government areas in the Kimberley Region of northern Western Australia, covering an area of 117,514 square kilometres (45,372 sq mi) at Western Australia's northeastern corner. The Shire's seat of government was originally in Wyndham but now in the town of Kununurra, which is home to over half of the Shire's permanent population of 8,300 (ABS 2001), while a council office is located at Wyndham.
El Questro Wilderness Park, Drysdale River National Park, Lake Argyle, the Argyle diamond mine and about half of Gibb River Road are located within the Shire's boundaries.
In 1887, the East Kimberley Road District was gazetted. In 1896, its name was changed to the Wyndham Road District. On 1 July 1961, it became the Shire of Wyndham-East Kimberley under the Local Government Act 1960.
The early 1960s establishment of Kununurra and the Ord River Irrigation Area eventually led to moving the seat of local government from Wyndham to Kununurra, which by the 1980s had become a larger centre of population.
Many large cattle stations exist in the area including Argyle Downs which was established by Patrick Durack and his brother Michael in 1882.
The Shire of Wyndham East Kimberley has nine (9) Councillors elected to represent the whole of the Shire. Currently all offices of council are vacant as declared by the Governor of Western Australia on 28 September 2016.
Commissioner Ron Yuryevich was appointed as commissioner of the Shire of Wyndham East Kimberley on Wednesday 28 September 2016 and his appointment will remain in place until the next scheduled local government elections.
Towns and localities
- Dodnun community
- Kandiwal community
- Lake Argyle
- Ngallagunda Community
- Pago Community
- Woolah (Doon Doon) Community
- National Parks
- Drysdale River
- Hidden Valley
- Mitchell River
- Prince Regent
- Lawley River National Park
- Marine Parks
- North Lalang-garram Marine Park
- Lalang-garram / Camden Sound Marine Park
- Lalang-garram / Horizontal Falls Marine Park (Also covers areas in the Shire of Derby West Kimberley)
- Nature Reserves & Conservation Parks
- Parry Lagoons Nature Reserve
- Pelican Island Nature Reserve
- Point Spring Nature Reserve
- Ord River Nature Reserve
- Barrbem Conservation Park
- Darram Conservation Park
- Goomig Conservation Park
- Jemarnde-wooningim Conservation Park
- Laterite Conservation Park
- Mijing Conservation Park
- Ngamoowalem Conservation Park
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