West Arnhem Region

The West Arnhem Regional Council is a local government area of the Northern Territory, Australia. The region covers an area of 49,698.26 km² and had a population of approximately 6,200 at the 2016 Census.

West Arnhem Regional Council
Northern Territory
Population6,188 (2016 census)[1]
 • Density0.124512/km2 (0.322485/sq mi)
Area49,698 km2 (19,188.5 sq mi)
MayorMatthew Ryan
Council seatJabiru
RegionArnhem Land
Territory electorate(s)Arafura
Federal Division(s)Lingiari
WebsiteWest Arnhem Regional Council
LGAs around West Arnhem Regional Council:
Tiwi Arafura Sea Arafura Sea
Unincorporated NT West Arnhem Regional Council East Arnhem
Unincorporated NT Roper Gulf Roper Gulf


In October 2006 the Northern Territory Government announced the reform of local government areas. The intention of the reform was to improve and expand the delivery of services to towns and communities across the Northern Territory by establishing eleven new shires. The West Arnhem Shire was created on 1 July 2008.

Elections of Shire Councillors were held on 25 October 2008. The current Mayor of the West Arnhem Shire is Matthew Ryan (2017).

On 1 January 2014, the Shire became the West Arnhem Region.[2]

The Region formerly consisted of unincorporated land, plus small areas under the control of Community Government Councils or incorporated communities:


West Arnhem Regional Council is divided into four wards with three councillors each:

  • Gunbalanya (3)
  • Kakadu (3)
  • Maningrida (3)
  • Barrah (3)

Localities and communities

Land within the West Arnhem Region was divided during 2007 into bounded areas for the purpose of creating an address for a property. The bounded areas are called "localities" with those localities associated with aboriginal communities being called "communities".[3][4]




  1. Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "West Arnhem (R)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 10 April 2018.
  2. TOLLNER, DAVID WILLIAM (18 December 2013). "Local Government Act CHANGES TO LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREAS AND COUNCILS" (PDF). Northern Territory Government Gazette. Northern Territory Government. p. 3. Retrieved 26 April 2019. with effect from 1 January 2014:
  3. "Northern Territory localities and suburbs". Place Names Committee. Northern Territory Government. Retrieved 25 April 2019.
  4. "Localities within West Arnhem Shire (sic)" (PDF). Place Names Committee. Northern Territory Government. 2 April 2007. Retrieved 27 April 2019.

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