The Great Southern is one of nine regions in Western Australia. It takes in several hundred kilometres of the State’s southern coastline, stretching from Nornalup in the west to the Fitzgerald River National Park in the east, and north to the Shires of Woodanilling and Kent. Its ancient geography includes the highest ranges in southern Western Australia, deep forests, productive farmland and spectacular coastal scenery.
Residents and visitors enjoy an enviable lifestyle and benefit from a sturdy economy that offers plenty of opportunity. Albany is the region’s biggest urban centre and holds a special place in national and regional history as the site of Western Australia’s first European settlement and as a focus of unique Anzac connections.
The Great Southern encompasses eleven local government areas with a range of communities from large towns to rural villages, serviced by infrastructure for transport, telecommunications and utilities.
For a compact summary of the Great Southern, refer to Great Southern: A Region in Profile, published by the Department of Regional Development in partnership with the GSDC. The document provides snapshot statistics on the region’s major industries, along with figures on its population, workforce and taxable income.
A broader analysis of the region is available in the Great Southern Regional Investment Blueprint. The Blueprint’s regional analysis is complemented by an assessment of the major global trends that will affect the region over the coming decades. From this, the Blueprint identifies opportunities and challenges ahead, and proposes transformational projects to lead the region into the future.