The Mid West region covers nearly one fifth of Western Australia's land area, spanning around 478,000 square kilometres from Green Head to Kalbarri and more than 800km inland to Wiluna in the Gibson Desert. The region is divided into three subregions that demonstrate similarities in environment, land use, demography and industry. These are the Batavia Coast, Murchison and North Midlands subregions.
Recognised for its unique natural environment the Mid West offers long stretches of coastline with limestone cliffs, scenic sand plains, saline plains and breakaways, wildflowers and an authentic outback experience. Major geographical features includes the oldest rocks in the world in the Mount Narryer and Jack Hills areas, dating back four billion years, as well as the Kalbarri National Park, Coalseam Conservation Park and Houtman Abrolhos Islands.
The region is one of only five areas in the world with both marine and terrestrial biodiversity hotspots of national or international significance.
Living, working and investing in the Mid West
The Mid West is made up of 17 local government authorities:
The estimated resident population of the Mid West in 2013 was 57,901 people, and is predicted to grow to 67,400 residents by 2023. Midwest residents rate their safety amongst the highest of all regions, viewing their home as a safe place to live and raise children, with a supportive and clean environment.
The Mid West has a diverse economy built around mining, agriculture, tourism and fishing. Mining is its most valuable sector, with a range of minerals and energy deposits available including gold, iron ore, copper, nickel, silver and natural gas. Demand for the region's resources has driven a rise in employment, triggering a number of new mining and construction projects and job growth in associated service sectors.
For more information visit the Mid West Development Commission's website or contact your local Community Resource Centre.
Mid West Region in Profile
Projects in the Mid West