Seat of Forrest
Created in 1922, Forrest was named in honour of Sir John Forrest – the first Premier of Western Australia as well as a Federal Cabinet Minister. Located in the South West corner of the state, the Federal Division stretches from Yarloop to Augusta, including the major centres of Bunbury, Busselton and Margaret River.
Products and industries include agriculture (beef and dairy cattle, sheep, fruit and vegetables, wine, flowers), forestry, mining (coal and mineral sands), fisheries, manufacturing, commerce and tourism.
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The area contains 8 Local Government Areas:
Known for rolling green hills, coastal communities and a diverse range of agricultural pursuits including dairy and beef, Harvey Shire is home to more than 23,237 residents.
Harvey has gained a name for itself all around Australia with the brands Harvey Fresh and Harvey Beef, however there is
much more to the
1 728 km² that is the Shire of Harvey.
Also within Harvey’s boundaries are the coastal towns of Myalup, Binningup and booming Australind, which is home to the expanding suburbs of Kingston and Treendale, all well known for being very family friendly with good fishing, surfing and a relaxed feel.
Picture: A striking sunset over the Leschenault Inlet in Australind.
Bunbury ‘the city of three waters’ is home to 31,348 people and is the major centre for Forrest. Bunbury’s port facilities export produce from all around the South West and beyond. Known as the gateway to the South West, Bunbury is also itself a popular tourist destination.
A coastal lifestyle combined with promising business prospects only a few hours from Perth has fuelled Bunbury’s rapid growth over the past 10 years. With the only A-class art gallery south of Perth, local and international live performances at the Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre, numerous festivals and shows held throughout the year and a bustling night life, Bunbury’s strong focus on the cultural and social side of life suits all ages.
The deep gullies and undulating hillsides of the Dardanup region have captured the imagination of many passers by. A quest for food, drink and relaxation will often lead tourists to the Ferguson Valley, Dardanup Shire’s premier tourist destination.
Fine wines, captivating views and a serene atmosphere attract visitors from all over Australia. However, Dardanup shire is not all quiet drinks by the creek; the town site of Eaton is one of the state’s fastest growing regions, attracting many young families, retirees and businesses. There are 12,405 people who call the family friendly shire home.
The Shire of Capel is undergoing rapid growth in population, tourism and industry. With huge expansion occuring, especially in the northern suburb of Dalyellup, the 14,638 strong population is set to increase dramatically even further.
Capel has 27km of virtually uninterrupted beach side, lending itself nicely to those in favour of the waterside life. Along with this, Capel offers world class wine and cheese produce, testament to it’s strong dairy industry.
Along with mineral sand mining and various agriculture, viticulture and aquaculture pursuits, the Shire of Capel also boasts the only naturally occurring Tuart forest in the world.
Western Australia’s apple production centres around the Shire of Donnybrook-Balingup. Renowned for apples especially, the Donnybrook-Balingup region proudly hosts orchards and farms for a plethora of fruits and vegetables. In true South West style, the Donnybrook-Balingup area is a diverse and growing location.
There are 5,320 peopel who live in the shire.
Industry ranges from sandstone quarrying to tourism, all set in an area rich in history and culture. The Apple Fun Park is very popular with the younger children while the numerous art and craft outlets cater for the less adventurous.
On the shores of the world renowned Geographe Bay lies the thriving City of Busselton. The Busselton region is one of the South West’s most popular tourist destinations for both domestic and international visitors. It boasts spectacular surrounds from rugged, weather beaten cliffs to the tranquil settings of Dunsborough and Meelup Beach, along with breathtaking subterranean caverns, famous wineries and ancient forests.
Proclaimed a city in early 2012, Busselton has become the proud ‘events capital of the South West’ by hosting more than 80 attractions a year.
It is no wonder this region is fast gaining a name for itself internationally. Busselton industry incorporates vineyards, dairy, horses, farming and tourism, and caters for over 30,000 residents.
Another name famous the world over, Margaret River plays host to some of Australia’s most premium wine labels and has steadily been cementing its position as a leading grower of vines in recent years. In other circles, Margaret River is known around the world for some of the most impressive surf conditions.
This shire, encompassing 2 243 km² is also home to WA’s professional fishing industry. Large areas of the Augusta-Margaret River Shire are dedicated to state forest or National Park. The Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park, with its towering Karri and Jarrah forests and breathtaking caves claims to have the most visitors of any national park in Western Australia, while in total, the whole region claims host to more than 500 000 visitors every year.
Incorporating most of the Blackwood River Valley, the 1 262 residents of Nannup Shire enjoy pristine natural scenery along with the many thousands of tourists which flock there every year. The mighty Blackwood River, which runs all the way to Augusta, offers excellent fishing along with swift rapids for the more adventurous type.
Of the Shire’s total area, 2 934 km², 85% is covered in forest. Nannup is culturally diverse, with a whole range of local events from Tulip displays to the annual Nannup music festival, which attracts audiences from all over the South West.