Our Shire

​Lake Grace Shire is situated in the South-East of Western Australia and is one of the largest agricultural Shires in the State. It incorporates the communities of Lake Grace, Newdegate, Lake King, Varley and part of Pingaring, and has 1,361 people inhabiting its 11,890 km2.

Map of Shire

Newdegate was settled in 1922 and the railway line was extended from Lake Grace in 1926. By 1928, Newdegate had four general stores, a hotel, baker, saddler, two garages, fruit shop and a town hall. Today the town, though smaller, is a self-sufficient farming community which hosts one of the State's major agricultural events - Newdegate Machinery Field Days.

From the first event held in 1972, the Newdegate Machinery Field Days has grown to attract 350 exhibitors and in excess of 5000 visitors annually.

On the first Wednesday and Thursday in September, the town of Newdegate hosts one of the most renowned events in the Wheatbelt and has grown to become one of the state’s premier agricultural events promoting and celebrating agriculture.

The successful running of the event keeps the volunteer committee and local community busy all year round and provides our local community with funds for many local projects. 

The two days provide both a unique and fulfilling experience for all who attend, with something to interest all ages ie: Machinery displays, technology & research, cropping & livestock displays, sheep and wool promotions & competitions, outdoor & camping exhibits, photography & art competitions, fashion, show bags, food and wine, local produce, live entertainment, and much more.

Eagerly anticipated each year, it has become a tremendous annual community event that provides a vast range of information and services to the Community of this Shire and the surrounding agricultural region.

While you're in the area, come into the Newdegate Community Resource Centre to check your email. The Hainsworth Building, which houses the Newdegate Pioneer Museum, was originally built as a general store and dining room in 1931/2. The heritage listed building also functioned as a boarding house for railway workers and travellers. Come in to the museum and see a fine collection of photographs, historical objects and musical instruments from times of early settlement. Wander outside to see examples of early agricultural machinery.

Contact the Shire today...

Interested in Lake Grace and the Shire Towns, or can't find the information you're after? Important contacts are below, or use the form to send an email direct to a Shire representative. Remember to include your contact details if you want someone to get back to you.

Lake Grace Shire Information
Street Address Shire Administration office, 1 Bishop Street Lake Grace
Postal Address PO Box 50 Lake Grace 6353
Phone 9890 2500
Fax 9890 2599

Emergency After Hours Contact Information
Works Supervisor 0427 651 127
Head Gardener 0429 651 112
Building Supervisor 0429 651 106
Manager Corporate Services 0488 274 977
Community Emergency Services Manager 0429 651 616