Shire of Irwin

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Shire of Irwin
Western Australia
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Location in Western Australia
Population 3,780 (2013 est)[1]
 • Density 1.5920/km2 (4.123/sq mi)
Area 2,374.4 km2 (916.8 sq mi)
President Michael Smith
Council seat Dongara
Region Mid West
State electorate(s) Moore
Federal Division(s) Durack
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Website Shire of Irwin
LGAs around Shire of Irwin:
Indian Ocean Greater Geraldton Greater Geraldton
Indian Ocean Shire of Irwin Mingenew
Indian Ocean Carnamah Three Springs

The Shire of Irwin is a local government area in the Mid West region of Western Australia, about 50 kilometres (31 mi) south of Geraldton and about 360 kilometres (224 mi) north of the state capital, Perth. The Shire covers an area of 2,374 square kilometres (917 sq mi), and its seat of government is the town of Dongara.


The Irwin Road District was created in 1871 as one of the first regional local government areas in Western Australia. On 16 June 1916, Irwin received a large land area from the Upper Irwin Road Board shortly before that entity's dissolution. In the 1920s, the Carnamah and Three Springs districts were split away from Irwin. On 1 July 1961, it became a shire under the Local Government Act 1960.[2]

Year Population
1933 555
1947 465
1954 611
1961 657
1966 810
1971 941
1976 1,196
1981 1,578
1986 1,905
1991 2,100
1996 2,433
2001 2,810
2006 3,052

In June 2015, Irwin declared itself gasfield free.[3]


The Shire is divided into four wards:

  • Denison Ward (four councillors)
  • North Ward (two councillors)
  • South East Ward (two councillors)
  • Town Ward (two councillors)

Towns and localities

Notable councillors


  1. ^ "3218.0 Regional Population Growth, Australia. Table 5. Estimated Resident Population, Local Government Areas, Western Australia". 3 April 2014. Retrieved 11 September 2014.
  2. ^ WA Electoral Commission, Municipality Boundary Amendments Register (release 3.0), 31 May 2007.
  3. ^

External links

  • Official website

Coordinates: 29°15′04″S 114°55′52″E / 29.251°S 114.931°E / -29.251; 114.931

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