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Shire of Donnybrook-Balingup

Local industries in the shire include sandstone quarrying and a strong agricultural sector, notably apple and stone fruit orchards in and around the township of Donnybrook.

Its central location to the adjacent areas of Bunbury, Capel, Collie and Greenbushes makes the shire an attractive lifestyle option.

Tourism is also rapidly becoming an important industry, with many local attractions including the scenic areas of the Blackwood River Valley, State forests and the Glen Mervyn Dam.

Owing to the generousity of an anonymous community benefactor Donnybrook now also boasts having the 'Biggest Free Entry Fun Park' in Australia, a major drawcard for family outings.

Attractions

Visit the Donnybrook or Balingup visitor centre's websites for detailed information on local attractions, events, tours and accommodation options.

Shire statistics

Towns & communities
Argyle, Brookhampton, Balingup, Donnybrook, Lowden, Mumballup, Mullalyup, Kirup, Noggerup, Newlands
Local industries
Sandstone Quarry, Fruit Orchards, Vegetables, Sheep, Viticulture, Tourism, Dairying, Beef Cattle
Population
Estimated resident population
5,901
Annual growth rate 2.6%
Building value
Total value of building approvals $20m
Residential approvals $16.4m
Non-residential approvals $3.6m
Number of residential building approvals 56
Labour market (a)
Labour force employed 3,313
Unemployment rate 3.8%
Average income
Average taxable income per annum $63,091
Agriculture
Total agricultural land holdings
42,936 hectares
Number of farms
354
Value of agricultural production
$46 million

Sources
(a) Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, Small Area Labour Markets - Australia.

ABS Census data

Community Profiles
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Donnybrook family fun park

Donnybrook family fun park

Donnybrook apple orchards

Donnybrook apple orchards

Balingup Medieval Festival

Balingup Medieval Festival