Assets and Services
Regional assets and services in the Great Southern serve its sturdy economy. Various options to support new opportunities by improvements to infrastructure and services are identified in the Great Southern Regional Investment Blueprint.
Special industrial land sites at Mirambeena (Albany) and Yerriminup (Mount Barker) have been established to process local resources including fish, timber and agricultural products. Katanning and other regional towns have also been identified for potential industries.
The Port of Albany is located in one of the best natural harbours in the Southern Hemisphere. The Port's strengths include its safe natural anchorage and location near the major Southern Ocean shipping routes. Essential infrastructure is in place with road and rail access and the Port has a highly productive and multi-skilled workforce. There is capacity to expand for new industries. Albany Port benefits from its proximity to Albany Regional Airport.
Albany Regional Airport handles daily return passenger services to Perth and is available to charter flights and small aircraft. The airport has an instrument landing system and the 1800m runway can handle aircraft up to the size of a 737. There are small unsealed runways at Cranbrook, Gnowangerup, Jerramungup, Bremer Bay, Kojonup and Katanning. The Department of Transport publishes a frequently asked questions document about the regional air service.
Road networks in the Great Southern are well developed and connect all major towns. Albany Highway is a direct link from Perth to Albany via Kojonup and Williams. The Great Southern Highway takes in the central inland towns of Cranbrook, Broomehill, Tambellup, Katanning and Woodanilling. South Coast Highway is part of Highway 1, which circles the Australian continent. It takes in Jerramungup, Albany and Denmark. Passenger bus services for travel beyond the region follow these three main highways.
Rail services transport bulk commodities through the centre of the Great Southern. There are no passenger rail services.
Electricity is supplied by Western Power through the South West Integrated Grid. There are substations in Albany, Mount Barker, Katanning and Kojonup. A 35MW wind farm operates at Albany. Mount Barker, Denmark and Bremer Bay also have wind turbines.
The region has a complete range of voice and data telecommunications. Current programs are expanding mobile phone coverage in the region.
Water is supplied by the Great Southern Towns Water Scheme or from the Albany scheme. Some regional centres have their own water supply system.