Shire Information

 
 

The Shire of Ngaanyatjarraku is a unique local government in that its community of interest is contained with the traditional lands of the Ngaanyatjarra people of the Central Desert of Western Australia. The 99 year leases held by the Ngaanyatjarra Land Council on behalf of the traditional owners also form the boundaries of the Shire of Ngaanyatjarraku.


At its formation the Shire assumed responsibility for the limited services previously provided by the old Shire of Wiluna. Since then the Shire has been steadily improving and extending the range of services provided to the communities including ovals, street lights, welfare, TV and radio retransmission, swimming pools and culture. Increasingly the Shire is now undertaking the more conventional Local Government services including Health, Building, Waste Services, Litter control, Rubbish Disposal Sites, Road Sealing, Sports and Recreation, Project management and other community-based programs.

 
The Shire encompasses an area of 159,948 square kilometres and is located approximately 1542km from Perth. The region itself is diverse in natural beauty from the magnificent Rawlinson ranges to the red sandy plains of the Gibson Desert.

 

Location

The Shire's isolated location 1,542 km from Perth impacts on the cost of virtually every facet of its operations. The Shire's distance from Perth is not a true indicator of remoteness because of the 560 km of gravel road involved from Laverton to Warburton. The Shire is unique today in being so far from bitumen roads.

The estimated population of 1,838 comprises mainly Ngaanyatjarra people and about 195 non-Aboriginal co-ordinators, technicians and public servants.

 

Rating

The Shire receives ex gratia rates from the community leasehold areas and these will be supplemented by service charges as services are introduced. The rates on the community leasehold areas are based directly on unimproved values issued on the community's two leases. The only true rates that the Shire receives is in respect of mining tenements.

 

 

Shire of Ngaanyatjarraku Statistics  (2006/2007)

Established

1st July 1993

Location

Gibson / Great Victoria Deserts

Distance from Perth (Km)

1,542

Area (sq km)

159,948

Western Australia Area (km)

2,525,500

Length of Sealed Roads (km)

12.6

Length of Unsealed Roads (km) 

1,444

Population

1,838

Number of Electors

981

Number of Dwellings

441

Educational Institutions

Colleges

Warburton

Schools

Blackstone, Jameson, Tjirrkarli, Tjukurla, Wanarn, Warburton, Warakurna, Wingellina

Medical Services

Nursing Posts 

 

Health Clinic

Blackstone, Jameson, Patjarr, Tjirrkarli, Tjukurla, Wanarn, Warakurna, Wingellina

Warburton

Nursing homes

Wingellina 

Aged Care Facilities

Wanarn

Police Stations

Warburton and Warakurna

Total Rates 

$ 513,533

Total Operating Revenue 

$ 8,919,760

Number of Employees (FTE) 

21

Temperature & Rainfall-recorded since Jan 2006

Warburton (Airfield)

Warakurna (Giles Station)

Highest Temperature

16th Feb 07 – 45.5oc

9th Feb 07 – 43.2oc

Lowest Temperature

9th Aug 07 – minus 2.4oc

22nd Jun – 0.8oc

Average Rainfall - recorded in 2006

*See www.bom.gov.au for more information

415.2 mm

257.0 mm

 

 

 

 

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Main Communities Population

Warburton

720

Tjirrkarli

55

Wanarn

161

Warakurna

194

Tjukurla

94

Wingellina

170

Blackstone

202

Jameson

140

Patjarr

59

Kanpa

43

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