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Our Communities

West Arnhem Regional Council provides services to five communities and more than 100 outstations, which are home to a total population of nearly 7,000 people, two-thirds of whom identify as Aboriginal Australians.

These communities are central to the vibrant culture of the West Arnhem region, hosting and participating in numerous cultural, tourism, sporting and recreational activities throughout the year.

See the 2016 ABS Storybook for the West Arnhem Region.


Our unique jurisdiction comprises five distinct council wards:

Changes to West Arnhem Regional Council ward boundaries

In 2020, West Arnhem Regional Council requested an important change to the ward boundaries which included the creation of a Minjilang and Warruwi Ward, and dissolving the Barrah Ward. 
On 16 December 2020, WARC was notified that the request was accepted by the Minister for Local Government through a Government Gazette notice.
This is an important change for the people of West Arnhem which will ensure there will be adequate representation of the Minjilang and Warruwi communities with fair and reasonable representation of the electors going forward.
This change of the constitutional arrangements has come about following a review of the ward boundaries conducted earlier this year by West Arnhem Regional Council. This involved consultation and a questionnaire which sought to determine the opinions of local people within the communities.


West Arnhem Regional Council is dedicated to supporting the Aboriginal languages spoken within our region.