Shire of Bridgetown-Greenbushes
Mining and tourism industries figure prominently in the Shire of Bridgetown-Greenbushes, with the farming, horticultural and viticulture sectors also contributing to the local economy.
Mining is a major contributor to the shire's economy, with Talison Lithium operating out of Greenbushes. The combined total of spodumene, tantalite and tin production in Greenbushes was worth $179.6 million in 2006-07, with a significant portion of world demand for spodumene and tantalum met by the Greenbushes mine.
The shire, encompassing the historic towns of Bridgetown and Greenbushes, also recognises tourism as a very strong part of the local economy. Many old buildings in Bridgetown have been restored to their former glory, making Bridgetown a popular heritage tourism destination.
Visit the Bridgetown-Greenbushes visitor information website for detailed information on local attractions, events, tours and accommodation options.
|Towns & communities|
|Bridgetown, North Greenbushes, Greenbushes, Yornup, Hester, Catterick, Winnijup, Maranup Ford, Hester Brook, Kangaroo Gully, Wandillup, Glennlynn, Sunnyside, Kingston|
|Mining, Timber, Farming, Horticulture, Marron, Viticulture, Crafts & Cottage Industries|
|Estimated resident population, 2012||4,505|
|Average annual growth rate, 2007-2012||1.4%|
|Building approvals 2011-12|
|Total value of building approvals||$17,963,000|
|Number of residential building approvals||40|
|Labour market (a)|
|Labour force employed||2,612|
|Average taxable income per annum||$53,944|
|Residential lots approved for development, 2010||0|
|Total agricultural land holdings, 2005-06||46,009 hectares|
|Number of farms, 2005-06||186|
|Value of agricultural production, 2005-06||$15,481,440|
(a) Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, Small Area Labour Markets - Australia.