Western Australian Wheatbelt Project is an extended multi-faceted project to increase knowledge and capacity of Wikimedia projects in the rural area of the Wheatbelt (Western Australia), to increase content and increase quality content in most projects, as well as gain new participants - photographers for items on Commons, and editors in Wikivoyage as well as other sister Wikipedia projects.
What is the Western Australian Wheatbelt?
The Western Australian Wheatbelt is an Australian agricultural region in the greater South West of Western Australia. It spreads beyond the official boundaries as limited by the Wheatbelt region - and includes over 50 local government areas, as it spreads into the Mod West and Goldfields regions as well.
Traditionally the region was defined by rainfall areas, and railway lines.
It has also been called the Grain Belt due to the increased diversity of grains grown in the region.
Why the project?
Significant change has occurred over the last one hundred years in the region, and as a significant number of localities, railways, and local government areas are experiencing significant change in the last twenty years, the 'capture' of a range of data onto the Wikimedia projects is a timely conversion of information that otherwise might be lost, due to the spread of changes.
Cultural heritage, and a range of subject areas that might not otherwise be gathered about the people and the region, are expected to be collected and translated into Wikipedia articles and Commons media collections.
It is envisaged the project will be completed in various stages as component parts start and contribute to the range of subjects that the larger project will encompass.
The project will be extensive over time, due to funding variations, variations in Wikipedian volunteers, as well as various sponsoring possibilities coming into the larger project over time.
Component subjects have potential to either encompass the region as a whole or localize to specific areas within the region.
One component project Wikipedia:Western Australian Wheatbelt Project - Railways was started in September 2013, and is on-going.
Other potential component subjects might be:
- Indigenous peoples of the Wheatbelt region
- Water supply and hydrology
- Geology and geomorphology
- Sport and culture
- Government and politics
The nature of the component subject titles or the scope may change as the larger project evolves.
The already commenced Wikipedia:GLAM/Toodyaypedia with its initial public event Wikipedia Takes Toodyay Show, was an example of a more localized focus component.
The addition of the York WikiTown carries on the localised town projects
Other potential components include:
- Catchment areas
- Mining and resources
Note that some towns, historic railway siding locations, some grain receival points, grains storage locations, and grain growing areas do extend into the Great Southern, Goldfields, Mid West regions - so that being a component part of the wheatbelt project might actually be found outside of the official region boundaries
Localities, towns, and populated places
Please do not edit this section unless to add missed place names that might constitute a place that is found in the geographic names lists, trove, slwa, geoff highams where was that, or similar published sources. Ghost towns/abandoned townsites can be included.Please annotate any queries as a note, thanks.
- Arthur River
- Bakers Hill
- Bindi Bindi
- Bonnie Rock
- Bruce Rock
- Cold Harbour
- Grass Valley
- Hines Hill
- Holt Rock
- Jurien Bay
- Lake Brown
- Lake Grace
- Lake King
- Ledge Point
- Marvel Loch
- Moorine Rock
- Mount Hardey
- Mount Kokeby
- Mount Walker
- New Norcia
- North Bannister
- Regans Ford
- Southern Cross
- Spencers Brook
- West Dale
- West Toodyay
- Wongan Hills
As specified in every Wikipedia project - the project is open to all interested who wish to edit, there are no constraints.
Contributions, suggestions, hints, and general enquiries are always welcome.
- 2015 -2018 - on hold
- 2019 - project re-started temporarily
- 2022 - 2023 - consolidating and cleanup
The re-start of the project is as much a process of reviewing content on Wikipedia so far relative to:
- sub divisions of the Wheatbelt
- the towns
- the railway lines (former and current)
- the roads and highways
- the dominant agricultural products (wheat areas for example)
- local government areas (former and current)
- political electorates at state and federal level
- service regions within the Wheatbelt (government authorities etc)
Interest also in
- Heritage properties
- environmentally significant areas
- river catchments
- Review will be in a subpage of the project early in 2020
Identifying topics, subjects, and larger lists to be reviewed for focus areas
- possible meeting in Wheatbelt with interested persons in 2019
With Toodyaypedia established and York being developed - further Wheatbelt towns and areas were being investigated
2022 - 2023
Cleanup and completing red links/untidy parts