Shire of Wongan - Wongan Hills, Ballidu, Cadoux, Kondut and Burakin, Western Australia, Wheatbelt, Regional Western Australia Community  

The Shire Statistics



General

  • The Wongan Hills townsite is located 184 kilometres north-east of Perth, elevation 286 metres (938 feet).
  • Ballidu townsite is located 219 kilometres north-east of Perth and directly north of Wongan Hills, elevation 304.8 metres (1000 feet).
  • The map coordinates for Wongan Hills are Lat 30 0 54 min South and Long 116 0 43 min East.
  • The Shire contains 406 kilometres of sealed roads and 873 kilometres of unsealed roads.
  • There are over 641 hectares of parks and gardens and 736 dwellings.

For more detailed information please go to:
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Population



The approximate population is relatively stable. In the Central Wheatbelt the trend in recent years has been a decrease in numbers, characteristic of the majority of country towns. This has been due to the use of larger machinery increasing the size of land holdings. However, with the development of agricultural supporting industries and service industries in country towns, there is now movement back to the regional centres. The need to be in touch with a market place has meant many industries and their employees have moved back to the country regions. The ‘country way-of-life' is attracting many families back to the countryside, as they have the benefits of the city centres and the advantages of country living.

 

Estimated Resident Population at 30th June

Courtesy Australian Bureau of Statistics 30th June

 

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

Population by Sex

         

Male

812

793

772

748

753

Female

716

711

701

693

687

Persons

1,528

1,504

1,473

1,441

1,440

 

Population by Age Groups

         

0 - 15 years

24.1%

23.2%

23.1%

22.3%

21.5%

15 - 24 years

8.6%

9%

9%

9%

9.1%

25 - 34 years

14.1%

13.2%

13.2%

12.9%

13.5%

35 - 44 years

18.3%

18.1%

17.1%

17.3%

16%

45 - 54 years

16%

16.6%

16.8%

16.8%

17.4%

55 - 64 years

9.5%

9.6%

10.4%

11.1%

11.9%

65 - 74 years

4.8%

5.1%

5.4%

4.9%

5.2%

75 - 84 years

3.5%

4.3%

4.3%

3.9%

3.5%

85 years and over

1%

0.8%

1.3%

1.9%

1.9%

 
 

Labour Market



The labour force within the Shire of Wongan-Ballidu is relatively stable and the majority of people are employed in the agricultural Industry or supporting industries. Wongan-Ballidu has a small percentage of unemployed people.

The unemployment rate for the Shire of Wongan Ballidu in the June 2003 quarter was 1.9% compared to 5.6% for regional WA and 5.9% for the state.

 

Employment Sectors of the Wongan-Ballidu Region
Courtesy of Australian Bureau of Statistics 1996

Employment Sector

Amount

% of Workforce

Agriculture

321

39.6%

Wholesale and Retail Trade

151

18.6%

Accommodation, Cafes and Restaurants

21

2.6%

Manufacturing

56

6.9%

Industry not stated

10

1.2%

Finance, Property and Business Service

44

5.4%

Government and Administrations Defence

32

4.0%

Transport and Storage

37

4.6%

Education

50

6.2%

Construction

19

2.3%

Electricity, Gas and Water

3

0.4%

Communication Services

3

0.4%

Industry not Classifiable

9

1.1%

Personal and Other Services

12

1.5%

Health and Community Services

39

4.8%

Cultural and Recreational Services

3

0.4%

TOTALS

810

100%

 
 

Economic

The Shire of Wongan-Ballidu is renowned for its grain production. The States total production for the 1995 season was approximately 12.5 million tonnes of which the Wongan-Ballidu region contributed over 3%.

In 1999/00 the Shire of Wongan Ballidu's total Agricultural production was valued at $90.7 million, which was a 41.8% growth. The Shire of Wongan-Ballidu currently contributes 1.8% of the States total agricultural production by value.

 
 

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