Wheatbelt regional profile

Find out about the Wheatbelt region, including a map and general overview, locations of major towns and local government areas, building projects, and health profiles for adults and children.

Overview

The Wheatbelt Region of the WA Country Health Service covers the Wheatbelt Region of Western Australia.

The partially surrounds the northern and eastern parts of the Perth metropolitan area. It extends north from Perth, and is bordered by the Indian Ocean to the west, where it meets the Midwest region. The Wheatbelt extends east from the metropolitan area to the mining dominated, Goldfields-Esperance region. The region is also bordered by the Peel, the South West and Great Southern regions on its south-west and southern borders.

The region covers 155,256 sq km (including islands) of the state and contains the majority of the State's grain growing areas.

The Wheatbelt's economy has historically been based on agriculture, particularly cropping - which remains the most dominant industry in the region - but it is also supported by mining, commerce, manufacturing, fishing and tourism.

More information about the Wheatbelt region is available on the Wheatbelt Development Commission website.

Towns and local government

The Wheatbelt is made up of 43 Local Government Authorities.  The major population centres in the Wheatbelt region are the towns of Northam, Narrogin, Merredin, Moora, Bindoon, Jurien Bay, York and Toodyay.

Major centres

Population by LGA (2016 ERP)

Distance from Perth

Northam

11,260

97 km

Narrogin

5,255

192 km

Merredin

3,395

260 km

Moora

2,473

174 km

Bindoon (Chittering)

5,535

94 km

Toodyay

4,500

86 km

Jurien Bay (Dandaragan)

3,251

224 km

York

3,605

96 km

The population figures relate to Estimated Resident Population (ERP) in 2016 for the Local Government Areas (LGA). Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics ERP 2016.

Health profiles

Please download the Wheatbelt's Health Profile from the site Publications page.

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