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Beverley - Brookton - Pingelly

About the area

Name origin

The Shire of Beverley is named after the birthplace of early land holder, Colonial Surgeon Charles Simmons, who was born in Beverley, Yorkshire (United Kingdom). The Shire of Brookton is named after an original property in the area. The Shire of Pingelly is named from an Aboriginal word for rocks in the area.

Location and boundaries

The Beverley - Brookton - Pingelly Region is located in the Wheatbelt region of Western Australia, between 130 and 160 kilometres south-east of the Perth CBD. The Beverley - Brookton - Pingelly Region is bounded by the Shire of York in the north, the Shire of Quairading and the Shire of Corrigin in the east, the Shire of Wickepin and the Shire of Cuballing in the south-east, the Shire of Wandering in the south-west, and the City of Armadale in the north-west.

Included areas

The Beverley - Brookton - Pingelly Region encompasses the Shire of Beverley, the Shire of Brookton and the Shire of Pingelly. The Region includes the localities of Aldersyde, Bally Bally, Beverley, Brookton, Dale, East Beverley, East Pingelly, Flint, Jelcobine, Kokeby, Kweda, Morbinning, Pingelly, Talbot West, Westdale and West Pingelly.

Land use

The Beverley - Brookton - Pingelly Region is a predominantly rural area, with small townships at Beverley, Brookton and Pingelly. The Region encompasses a total land area of over 5,200 square kilometres. Land is used largely for wheat and cereal growing, and sheep and cattle grazing, with some horticulture. Tourism is also an important industry.

Transport

The Beverley - Brookton - Pingelly Region is served by the Brookton Highway and the Great Southern Highway.

Settlement history

European settlement dates from 1831 when the first land grants were made in Beverley, with settlement following at Brookton and Pingelly in 1846. Land was used largely for timber-getting, wheat growing and sheep grazing. Population was minimal until the 1860s, spurred by the establishment of the townships of Beverley, Brookton and Pingelly. Growth took place from the late 1800s into the early 1900s, aided by the opening of the railway line from Perth in the late 1880s. The population declined from the late 1950s to the mid 1990s, falling from about 4,900 in 1954 to about 3,400 in 1996. From the late 1990s the population increased marginally, rising to about 3,600 in 2006. The population then declined marginally, falling to 3,500 in 2011.

Indigenous background

The original inhabitants of the Beverley - Brookton - Pingelly Region were the Noongar Aboriginal people.

Regional labour force

The Beverley - Brookton - Pingelly labour force region is defined by an area in which a significant percentage of workers travelled into the Beverley - Brookton - Pingelly to work at the 2011 Census. Details of this calculation and a list of areas included can be found in the data notes.

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