The Shire of Broomehill-Tambellup covers the former individual Shires of Broomehill and Tambellup in the centre of the Great Southern.
The town of Broomehill is 302km south-east of Perth on the Great Southern Highway and Tambellup is 23km further south. Cropping and grazing agriculture is the mainstay of the Shire economy.
European settlers first moved to the area in the late 1840s. A station was established at Tambellup when the Great Southern Railway was built in 1889, and the Tambellup townsite was gazetted in 1899.
Road Boards were established for Broomehill (1892) and Tambellup (1905) and became Shires in 1961. The two local government areas were formally amalgamated into the Shire of Broomehill-Tambellup in 2008.
With a population of 1,076 and a land area of 2,610 sq km, Broomehill-Tambellup contributes $76 million of the Great Southern’s gross regional product. Agriculture is the main employer, along with manufacturing, and public administration.
Primary ProductionBroadacre farming and livestock are the backbone of the Great Southern economy. The regional economy also features plantation timber and associated products. Primary production feeds into the rest of the regional economy such as manufacturing and freight services.
Construction and ManufacturingSteady construction activity takes place on domestic and commercial premises and in civil construction. Machinery manufacturers provide many agriculture-related products and a range of other items for industry and consumers.
Noongar enterprisesNoongar people continue to engage in commercial and community enterprises in the Great Southern. We encourage a range of initiatives that support growth of Noongar enterprises, thereby strengthening Great Southern communities.
Broomehill Resident, Shire of Broomehill-Tambellup