The Shire of Katanning is in the north of the Great Southern, about 290km south of Perth, and 170km north of Albany. Its economic strengths are in agriculture and associated services. It boasts the largest roofed sheep saleyard in the southern hemisphere.
Katanning’s meat processing facilities have drawn a wide range of migrant workers to the town over the past five decades, and they have helped to create one of the most multicultural communities in regional Western Australia.
The town of Katanning is a regional centre and has access to a range of recreation and leisure facilities, government, health and education services, as well as a diverse retail and business district. Apart from Katanning’s residents, the town’s facilities serve the populations of surrounding Shires. Katanning is on the Great Southern Highway and its main entrance is framed by a picturesque and adventurous All Ages Playground and a pioneer-inspired ‘heart park’.
With a population of 4,024 and a land area of 1,518 sq km, Katanning contributes $418 million of the Great Southern’s gross regional product. Wholesale trade, agriculture, and health care and social assistance are the main employers.
KatanningThe Shire of Katanning is in the north of the Great Southern, about 290km south of Perth, and 170km north of Albany. Its economic strengths are in agriculture and associated services. Explore Regions
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.
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.
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.
Retail and hospitalityMajor retail stores, general shopping and specialty services provide a significant number of jobs in the region. The hospitality sector has a steady employment base with seasonal peaks.
TourismInternationally-recognised ecotourism assets and natural attractions in the Great Southern are unmatched in regional Western Australia for their scale, diversity and accessibility. Noongar cultural experiences, the built heritage of Western Australia’s oldest European settlement and award-winning contemporary facilities complement the attractions of the natural environment.
Healthcare and Social AssistanceHealth care facilities are provided in Albany and regional towns. Home care, seniors’ services and assisted living provide employment for a significant number of people. We aim to ensure that services provided in the region are comparable to services in the metropolitan area.
Education and trainingPublic and independent schools serve families throughout the region. Technical and further education is available in Kinjarling / Albany and by extension elsewhere in the region. University courses are delivered at all levels. Tertiary education is supported by affordable student accommodation.
Katanning Resident, Shire of Katanning.