The region’s well-established agriculture, mining and manufacturing sectors, which have driven large scale investment and exports, offer a number of strategic opportunities to grow existing, and develop new, non-renewable resources and related industries with a focus on supply chain development and value adding.
The South West is the most popular regional tourism destination in Western Australia. It receives more visitors than any other region outside of Perth and contains a vast array of tourism experiences across a large geographical area.
Mining continues to be a key economic driver of the region. As at December 2018, Greenbushes was the world’s largest producing spodumene deposit. Greenbushes Lithium Mine is one of the top 10 biggest lithium mines in the world.
Global demand for electric vehicles and energy storage is growing rapidly and the region has an abundance of lithium and other minerals used for battery components manufacture.
Fertile soils, high rainfall and proximity to Perth are leading factors in the region’s diverse range of agricultural products including beef, dairy, sheep, wool, fruit, vegetables, viticulture and broad acre crops.
The region is home to a growing number of timber mills and processing plants including one of the largest integrated softwood milling and processing plants at Darndanup.