About Us

The Shire of Gnowangerup is situated in the Great Southern area, 354 kilometres from Perth and 140 kilometres from Albany via the Chester Pass Road. It has a population of approximately 1400 people and features three towns - Gnowangerup, Ongerup and Borden.

The Shire covers an area approximately 5000 square kilometres. 100 000 hectares of farmland support a highly efficient livestock and cropping industry of wheat, lupins, barley, canola, clover seed, peas, oats and faba beans. The area is noted Australia wide for its Merino sheep and attracts large crowds at the annual Stud Field Days.


There is also the majestic Stirling Range - a growing eco-tourism destination which attracts an estimated 175,000 persons annually, with well known climbing and scenic delights such as Bluff Knoll, Mount Toolbrunup and Mount Trio. The Shires theme "Heart of the Stirlings" typifies the attraction of the area. Wildflowers abound during the season in the Stirling Range National Park.

Our Council

The Shire of Gnowangerup is a corporate body consisting of nine elected Councillors. The Council members elect the Shire President and the Deputy Shire President every two years.

Elections were normally held biennially on the first Saturday in May. From 2007, all Local Government elections will be held biennially on the third Saturday in October.

These elections are subject to electoral procedures as governed by the Local Government Act 1995. These elections are not compulsory and are conducted in person if required.

Our Community

The towns of Gnowangerup, Ongerup and Borden are vibrant active communities who like to be involved in local issues, school projects, sporting activities and cultural events, and are very family orientated.

The three communities are constantly working together to improve the quality of life for all our residents and volunteer their time generously to ensure the essential services of ambulance, State Emergency Service and Bush Fire Services.

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Sport & Recreation & Other Shire Services

The Shire of Gnowangerup has a wide range of Sport & Recreation activities to cover most interests. Within the Shire is three high quality Sporting Complex's located at Gnowangerup, Ongerup and Borden. You can find more details on each complex by clicking above