The Wheatbelt Region
The Wheatbelt Region comprises an area of 154 862 square kilometres, more than twice the size of Tasmania. The region is home to over 69,000 people, making it the third most populous region in the State.
The Wheatbelt has a diverse population, with over 15% having been born overseas, and around 5% being Indigenous. Over 10% of the population are aged between 15 and 24 years old, with 13% aged 65 and over. The median age is approximately 37 years. The population is widely dispersed with only around 16,000 people located in the main service centres of Northam, Narrogin, Merredin and Moora.
The environment of the Wheatbelt is as varied as the people. We have approximately 150km of pristine coastline, expanding from Guilderton to Jurien Bay. The Avon region close to Perth is known for it’s lush environment, thanks to its relatively high rainfall. The areas to the East are rich in minerals, including, gold, nickel and iron ore, while the remainder of the region is mostly agricultural.
The region has well-developed transport links, with most major highways and rail routes to Perth passing through. The region has 35% of the State’s roads and easy access to the Port of Fremantle and regional ports at Geraldton, Bunbury, Albany and Esperance. A range of private air charter services is available. Daily passenger rail services operate on the main east-west line and a variety of passenger road coach services exist.
The region has extensive educational, health, recreational and cultural services and is home to the C Y O'Connor College of TAFE and Muresk Education Campus. The region also offers affordable housing and business premises, including established industrial precincts ideal for manufacturing and new industry.