Encompassing an area of approximately 1,766 km2 and a growing population of 27,288 (ABS, June 2015) the Shire of Harvey is located in the South West region of Western Australia, a leisurely one and half hours drive from Perth.
The Shire is bounded on the north by the Shire of Waroona, on the north east by the Shire of Boddington, on the east by the Shire of Collie, on the south by the Shire of Dardanup and on the south west corner by the City of Bunbury. consisting of a number of townsites including: Australind (which has the largest population base), Leschenault, Harvey, Brunswick Junction, Roelands, Binningup, Myalup, Cookernup, Wokalup and Yarloop.
The diversity of land use makes this Shire unique, with approximately 42 kilometres of coastline, a large irrigation area supporting dairy, horticultural and viticulture activity through to the forests of the Darling Scarp.
Industrial land use also plays an important role in the Shire with the Kemerton Industrial Park located in the south of the Shire, along with industrial areas in Australind, Harvey, Brunswick Junction contributing to the economic base. The Southern Desalination Plant, which produces up to 100 gigalitres of drinking water per year is located at Binningup.
The Shire continues to grow commercially with the recent introduction of the Aldi Store, “The Spud Shed” and Bunnings and continual growth particularly in the Treendale/Australind area. There are 13 primary schools, three senior high schools and an agricultural college within the district.
Iconic brands such as Harvey Fresh, Harvey Beef, Ha Ve Cheese and Harvey Citrus represent the successful marketing of local produce. Natural and man-made features such as Harvey Dam and Amphitheatre, Stirling’s Cottage, Henton Cottage, the Yarloop Workshops, Leschenault Estuary, and local beaches form the base of a growing tourism industry.