Number of Electors: 17,842 (9 March 2015)
Source: Western Australian Electoral Commission. State Electorate Information.
Nomenclature: Pilbara - Name derived from Pilbara Creek, a name first recorded in 1888. Sometimes refered to as being an Aboriginal name for the mullet (fish), but the source of this information is not known, and another more likely meaning in the Kariyarra language is ‘dry-dried out’ (source; Manny Lockyer of South Hedland and Wangka Maya Pilbara Aboriginal Language Centre).
Pilbara Creek, and sometimes Pilburra Creek is referred to a number of times in the “West Australian” 1/1/1888 to 16/8/1888, and the “Pilbara Goldfield” was proclaimed in the Government Gazette 1/10/1888. Beasley’s survey was in October 1888. There was no official change from the Pibarra spelling to the Pilbara spelling, it gradually coming in between 1905 and 1910. However, the reason for the change of spelling appears almost certainly to have been the adoption of “Rules for the Spelling of Native Geographical Names” by the Department of Lands and Surveys. The Department widely circulated a booklet on these rules in 1901. The rules were produced by the Royal Geographical Society in England, and adopted by the Foreign & Colonial Office, Admiralty etc. The double “R” spelling would have meant a pronunciation like Pinjarra, that is, the vowel is lengthened, whereas the single “R” shortened the vowel. It is presumed the current spelling identifies the correct pronunciation.
(Source: Western Australia. Department of Land Administration. Names and Places. )
Suburbs/Towns: Baynton, Boodarie, Bulgarra, Burrup, Cooya Pooya, Cossack, Dampier, De Grey, Gap Ridge, Gibson Desert North, Indee, Karratha, Karratha Industrial Est, Maitland, Marble Bar, Mardie, Millars Well, Newman, Nickol, Nullagine, Pardoo, Pegs Creek, Pippingarra, Point Sampson, Port Hedland, Redbank, Roebourne, Sherlock, South Hedland, Strelley, Telfer, Wedgefield and Wickham.
* = Suburb/Town split between more than one District.
Source: Western Australian Electoral Commission. State Electorate Information
Baler Primary School
Baynton West Primary School
Cassia Primary School
Christmas Island District High School
Cocos Islands District High School
Dampier Primary School
Hedland Senior High school
Jigalong Remote Community School
Karratha Primary School
Karratha Senior High school
Marble Bar Primary School
Millars Well Primary School
Newman Primary School
Newman Senior High School
Nullagine Primary School
Pegs Creek Primary School
Port Hedland Primary School
Port Hedland School of the Air
Roebourne District High school
South Hedland Primary School
South Newman Primary School
Wickham Primary School
Yandeyarra Remote Community Schools
Parnngurr Communitty School
Rawa Community School
St Cecilia's Catholic Primary School
St Luke's College
St Paul's Primary School
Strelley Community School