The Shire of Gingin is a predominantly rural area located 84 kilometres north of Perth and its district falls within the central coastal region of the Wheatbelt in Western Australia. It encompasses an area of 3,223 km2 and is home to a population of approximately 5,000 residents. There are five townships within the Shire being Gingin, Guilderton, Lancelin, Ledge Point and Seabird.
Geographically, the Shire stretches from the coastline across the flat sandy soils of the Swan Coastal Plain in the west to the hinterland and foothills of the Darling Scarp to the east. It also embraces the lower reaches of Moore River together with a system of fresh water lakes, streams and swamps, and the watercourse of Gingin Brook.
The Shire’s strategic location means that it is one of the fastest growing rural areas in Western Australia and it is anticipated that the Shire’s population will grow to approximately 6,600 by 2023, increasing to 7,900 by 2031.
Agriculture is the Shire’s primary economic contributor, accounting for 41.9% of business and some 137,145 ha of land. However, peri-urban growth and associated pressure on market gardening has resulted in the Shire broadening its focus from traditional broad acre farming to intensive horticulture. Local industries within the Shire include cattle and sheep grazing, apiaries, irrigated horticulture, viticulture, olive groves, aquaculture, piggeries, poultry farms, wineries, abattoirs, feedlots, and crayfishing.
In addition to rural industries the Shire’s economy is also based around tourism, with coastal areas experiencing a large influx of people during the summer holiday season. With its magnificent coastline, pristine river systems and panoramic views, the Shire of Gingin is a unique and exciting place to live and visit.