Binnu, Western Australia

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Binnu
Western Australia
Binnu is located in Western Australia
Binnu
Binnu
Coordinates28°01′S 114°24′E / 28.02°S 114.40°E / -28.02; 114.40Coordinates: 28°01′S 114°24′E / 28.02°S 114.40°E / -28.02; 114.40
Established1932
Postcode(s)6532
Elevation247 m (810 ft)
Location
LGA(s)Shire of Northampton
State electorate(s)North West
Federal Division(s)Durack

Binnu is a town on the North West Coastal Highway in the Mid West region of Western Australia.

The name derives from a well on the outskirts of town that was first in use in 1909. The name is Indigenous Australian in origin and is thought to mean either to squeeze or place of emus. The townsite was gazetted in 1932.[1]

The main industry in the area is agriculture, particularly the production of wheat and lupins. The town was gripped by a two-year drought from 2006 then had a bumper crop in 2008.[2]

In 2009 up to 30% of crops were lost as a result of damage caused by a mouse plague.[3] Sheep are also raised, particularly Merinos, although problems with salinity, erosion and drought are common.

The main industry in town is wheat farming with the town being a Cooperative Bulk Handling receival site.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Western Australian Land Information Authority. "History of country town names – B". Retrieved 30 September 2008.
  2. ^ "Binnu booms". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 30 October 2008. Retrieved 21 March 2013.
  3. ^ "ABC News - Mice chew through wheat and lupins in Binnu". 2009. Retrieved 12 November 2010.
  4. ^ "CBH Receival Sites - Contact Details" (PDF). 2010. Archived from the original (PDF) on 18 March 2012. Retrieved 31 March 2013.