Mid West regional profile
- The Mid West covers about 466,800km2 or nearly one-fifth of WA.
- Geraldton is the regional centre of the Mid West. The city and surrounds contain about 39,000 people, more than half the entire region’s population of 55,000.
- The Indigenous population currently comprises 9% of the whole and is growing three times faster than the non-Indigenous population.
- Growth has been largely restricted to the coastal strip. Those smaller communities close to Geraldton have benefited from the regional centre’s improved fortunes.
- Risks to smaller inland communities are due to ageing and migration, and an economic dependence on mining.
- The Gross Regional Product of the Mid West is the third highest in WA (after the Pilbara and Goldfields).
Gascoyne regional profile
- The Gascoyne covers about 138,000km2 and is roughly one and a half times the size of Tasmania. It has about 600km of coastline and has the lowest population density of any region in Australia.
- Carnarvon’s infrastructure is weak since its population is small and services are generally sought in Perth some 905km to the south. Carnarvon’s other sizable neighbours are Geraldton (480km south) and Broome (14,000 people some 1,400km north-east).
- Some 44% of the Indigenous population is aged 19 or under, 24% for the non-Indigenous population.
- The Gascoyne boasts a diverse, balanced economy supported by the tourism, mining, agriculture and fishery industries. The tourism industry is the largest revenue earner, attracting an average of 125,000 overnight visitors from 2010 to 2012 with an estimated $235 million turnover per year for that period.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics is a rich source of information although users of the website should be aware that statistical areas and council boundaries do not necessarily match.