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Beverley - Brookton - Pingelly

About the area

Name origin

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

Location and boundaries

Beverley - Brookton - Pingelly is located in the Wheatbelt region of Western Australia, between 130 and 160 kilometres south-east of Perth. Beverley - Brookton - Pingelly 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 Cuballing in the south-east, the Shire of Wandering in the south-west, and the City of Armadale in the north-west.

Included areas

Beverley - Brookton - Pingelly encompasses the Shires of Beverley, Brookton and Pingelly. This area 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

Beverley - Brookton - Pingelly is a predominantly rural area, with small townships at Beverley, Brookton and Pingelly. Beverley - Brookton - Pingelly 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

Beverley - Brookton - Pingelly 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 cutting and wheat and sheep farming. Population was minimal until the 1860s, spurred by the establishment of the townships of Beverley, Brookton and Pingelly. Growth continued 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 early 1990s. The population then increased marginally from the mid 1990s, rising from about 3,400 in 1996 to over 3,600 in 2006. The population was relatively stable between 2006 and 2011.

Indigenous background

The original inhabitants of Beverley - Brookton - Pingelly 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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