Shire of Donnybrook-Balingup
Local industries in the shire include sandstone quarrying and a strong agricultural sector, notably apple and stone fruit orchards in and around the township of Donnybrook.
Its central location to the adjacent areas of Bunbury, Capel, Collie and Greenbushes makes the shire an attractive lifestyle option.
Tourism is also rapidly becoming an important industry, with many local attractions including the scenic areas of the Blackwood River Valley, State forests and the Glen Mervyn Dam.
Owing to the generousity of an anonymous community benefactor Donnybrook now also boasts having the 'Biggest Free Entry Fun Park' in Australia, a major drawcard for family outings.
Visit the Donnybrook visitor information website for detailed information on local attractions, events, tours and accommodation options.
|Towns & communities|
|Argyle, Brookhampton, Balingup, Donnybrook, Lowden, Mumballup, Mullalyup, Kirup, Noggerup, Newlands|
|Sandstone Quarry, Fruit Orchards, Vegetables, Sheep, Viticulture, Tourism, Dairying, Beef Cattle|
|Estimated resident population, 2012||5,524|
|Average annual growth rate, 2007-2012||1.7%|
|Building approvals 2011-12|
|Total value of building approvals||$16,815,000|
|Number of residential building approvals||55|
|Labour market (a)|
|Labour force employed||3,268|
|Average taxable income per annum||$54,545|
|Residential lots approved for development, 2010||11|
|Total agricultural land holdings, 2005-06||42,936 hectares|
|Number of farms, 2005-06||354|
|Value of agricultural production, 2005-06||$41,576,680|
(a) Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, Small Area Labour Markets - Australia.