Dongara and Port Denison are two towns working together in harmony to form the Shire of Irwin (map). It's the brilliant blend of coastal and rural landscapes, the blend of new and old and the blend of lifestyle and employment opportunities that make the Shire of Irwin as an enviable place to live, work and play.
The Shire of Irwin is located in the Mid West region of Western Australia, located 65km south of the regional centre of Geraldton, which has a large range of services and infrastructure. This area offers a relaxed lifestyle with beautiful beaches, historical sites and a healthy fishing industry. The main street, Moreton Terrace, is lined with Moreton Bay Fig trees which were planted in 1906 and are now a focal point of the town.
Irwin Shire’s top industries in terms of output are Mining, Construction, Manufacturing and Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing. The top employing industries are Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, Retail Trade, Accommodation and Food Services and Construction. Combined, these sectors contribute 533 jobs (51.5%) to total employment within the shire.
The Rock Lobster industry, which has been developed over the last 60 years, is one of the world's few recognised sustainable "wild fisheries" and Australia's most valuable single species fishery. About one-half of the total WA catch of approximately 10 million kilograms is caught along the Irwin and Greenough coastline and at the Abrolhos Islands. Oil and Gas Operations also contribute to the Irwin Shire economy. Since the 1950s, a number of commercial oil and gas operations have been developed by various companies. This has involved a range of activities including field exploration, seismic surveys, exploration and development drilling as well as construction of infrastructure and several gas pipelines. Mineral Sands, Olive Growing and Production and General Farming are also viable industries in the shire. The excellent climate, combined with good rainfall on a regular basis and being so close to the coast, has enabled successful new varieties of crops to be grown, including canola, pepper and melons.
This website presents economic and demographic insights for the Shire of Irwin. For further information and assistance in relation to business and investment please contact the Shire of Irwin on +61 8 9927 0000.