Mid West (Western Australia)

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Mid West
Western Australia
Western australia mid west region.jpg
Location of Mid West region in Western Australia
Mid West is located in Western Australia
Mid West
Mid West
Coordinates 28°S 114°E / 28°S 114°E / -28; 114Coordinates: 28°S 114°E / 28°S 114°E / -28; 114
Population 52,000 (2006 census)
 • Density 0.1101/km2 (0.2851/sq mi)
Area 472,336 km2 (182,369.9 sq mi)
Time zone WST (UTC+8)
Localities around Mid West:
Gascoyne Pilbara Pilbara
Indian Ocean Mid West Goldfields-Esperance
Wheatbelt Goldfields-Esperance Goldfields-Esperance

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 kilometres (120 mi) north and south of its administrative centre of Geraldton and inland to 450 kilometres (280 mi) east of Wiluna in the Gibson Desert.[1]

It has a total area of 472,336 square kilometres (182,370 sq mi), and a permanent population of about 52,000 people, more than half of those in Geraldton.


The Mid West region has a diversified economy that varies with the geography and climate. Near the coast, annual rainfall of between 400 and 500 millimetres (16 and 20 in) allows intensive agriculture. Further inland, annual rainfall decreases to less than 250 millimetres (9.8 in), and here the economy is dominated by mining of iron ore, gold, nickel and other mineral resources. Geraldton is an important hub for the tourism industry.[2] The Mid West also has the highest value fishing industry in Western Australia, with Geraldton the hub of the Western Rock Lobster industry. Western Rock Lobster netted almost $234.5 million in revenue for WA in the 2012–13 financial year, making it Australia's most valuable single-species wild capture fishery.[3]

Gross Regional Product for the Mid West in 2013 was AU$6,000,000,000 (AU$6bn)[4]

On 25 August 2015 The Hon. Terry Redman, MLA, Minister for Regional Development, launched the "Mid West Regional Blueprint"; an aspirational growth and development plan created by the Mid West Development Commission for the region. The Blueprint proposes strategies against five priority pillars to drive or reduce barriers to, regional growth and development in the Mid West. The Blueprint strategies are intended to focus on the region’s key strengths and the identification of regional opportunities, providing a guide for regional development to 2050. [5]

Local government[edit]

The local government areas in the Mid West region are Carnamah, Chapman Valley, Coorow, Cue, Greater Geraldton, Irwin, Meekatharra, Mingenew, Morawa, Mount Magnet, Murchison, Northampton, Perenjori, Sandstone, Three Springs, Wiluna, and Yalgoo.

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