Department of Education

Midwest Education Region

Midwest Education Region

Overview


About the Midwest

The Midwest is known for its spectacular wildflowers. It also has substantial industries in fishing, farming and manufacturing. It is Western Australia's newest major mining region.

Mining is the most valuable industry economically in the Midwest. Agriculture is also a significant industry for the Mid West. The region's agricultural gross value makes up a substantial percent of the states total. More than half of all agricultural income is derived from wheat production. Other agricultural industries include various cereal and legume crops, livestock - predominantly sheep and cattle, horticulture and aquiculture both on the coast and inland.

The Midwest has the highest value fishing industry in Western Australia. By far the most valuable product is rock lobster. Other professional fishing include snapper farming, pearling and prawn trawling.

The major focus of the Midwest region's strong and significant manufacturing sector is in servicing the needs of the region's agricultural, mining and fishing industry sectors.

The Midwest is a popular tourist destination and visitors to the region make an important contribution to the local economy. Western Australia has the largest collection of wildflowers in the world. From July to October, more than 12,000 species carpet the Mid West with their vivid beauty and lush scent, 60 per cent of which are found nowhere else in the world. The local beaches and the beautiful turquoise ocean are favourite places for windsurfing, kitesurfing, diving and fishing.

Sources: Department of Local Government and Regional Development, Mid West Development Commission.

For more information please visit the Midwest Development Commission site.
 

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