Infrastructure WA

Mid West region

The Mid West region offers long stretches of coastline with limestone cliffs, sand plains, wildflowers and the world’s oldest rock formations. With a geographic area of over 285,000 square kilometres the Mid West consists of 16 local government areas and has a key regional centre in Geraldton.

Key statistics*

Estimated resident population: 52,769

Gross regional product: $9.5 billion

Key strengths

  • Agriculture and food, and resources
  • Solar and wind resources
  • Globally significant space science infrastructure – Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory and radio quiet zone to support Square Kilometre Array

Infrastructure directions

  • Support agriculture and food
  • Support renewable energy and hydrogen industry
  • Support and capitalise on space science infrastructure

While the Mid West region is distinct, consultation highlighted that many regions face shared challenges and opportunities that need to be addressed to achieve the Strategy’s vision. As such, the majority of the Strategy’s 93 recommendations apply to the Mid West and other regions. It is expected that the unique circumstances of each region are taken into account when implementing recommendations.

* Adapted from Australian Bureau of Statistics, Regional population: 2019–20 financial year; Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation, Western Australia economic profile – May 2021.