The economy of the Wheatbelt is diverse. Apart from being Western Australia’s most significant agricultural region, the coast, just north of Perth, has a vibrant fishing industry. As the near metropolitan population discover this area on its doorstep, tourism development is increasing in development. There are gold, nickel and iron ore mines in the eastern Wheatbelt and mineral sands and other minerals in the west. Other newly developing industries include aviation, construction and renewable energy. The Department of Regional Development and Lands estimates the Gross Regional Product to be $5.7 billion for 2009-10. This represents 3.1 per cent of Gross State Product.

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