Mid West (Western Australia)
The Mid West region is one of the nine regions of Western Australia. It is a sparsely populated region extending from the west coast of Western Australia, about 200 km north and south of its administrative centre of Geraldton and inland to 450 km east of Wiluna in the Gibson Desert.
It has a total area of 472,336 km2, and a permanent population of about 52,000 people, more than half of those in Geraldton.
The economy of the Mid West region varies with the geography and climate. Near the coast, annual rainfall of between 400 and 500 mm allows intensive agriculture. Further inland, annual rainfall decreases to less than 250 mm, and here the economy is dominated by mining of gold, nickel and other mineral resources. Geraldton is an important hub for the tourism industry. The Mid West also has the highest value fishing industry in Western Australia.
The Mid West region consists of the following local government areas:
- Chapman Valley
- Greater Geraldton
- Mount Magnet
- Three Springs
- Western Australia. Mid West Development Commission (1996), Mid West developer : news from the Mid West Development Commission, The Commission, retrieved 21 February 2013
- Mid West Travel Association (1981), The Mid West, Western Australia : travellers' and tourist guide ([2nd ed.] ed.), Midwest Travel Association, retrieved 21 February 2013
- Mid West Development Commission
- Yamatji Marlpa Barna Baba Maaja Aboriginal Corporation, the Native Title Representative Body incorporating the Yamatji Land and Sea Council
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