Shire of Plantagenet
Area: 4,875sq km
Population: 5,182 (2013)
The Shire of Plantagenet is north of Albany and Denmark, and 350km south of Perth. The Shire encompasses the towns of Mount Barker, Kendenup, Narrikup, Rocky Gully and Porongurup. Mount Barker is the commercial centre of the Shire and serves the agricultural industry, which is predominantly cattle and viticulture.
Plantagenet’s cool climate, high rainfall and nutritious soil make it ideal for growing grapes. Local growers produce premium wines from well established and increasingly popular wineries. Preservative-free and organic wines are also produced in Plantagenet.
The Shire is home to the spectacular Porongurup Range, twenty kilometres east of Mount Barker. These ancient hills are surrounded by a lush and diverse environment, with abundant species of trees, shrubs, wildflowers, birds and other fauna.
Other local government areas in the Great Southern: City of Albany, Shire of Broomehill-Tambellup, Shire of Cranbrook, Shire of Denmark, Shire of Gnowangerup, Shire of Jerramungup, Shire of Katanning, Shire of Kent, Shire of Kojonup and Shire of Woodanilling