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 of Plantagenet is north of Albany and Denmark, and 350km south of Perth. The Shire takes in 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.
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.
With a population of 5,354 and a land area of 4,876 sq km, Plantagenet contributes $404 million of the Great Southern’s gross regional product. Agriculture and manufacturing are the main employers, along with jobs in education and training.
PlantagenetThe Shire of Plantagenet is north of Albany and Denmark, and 350km south of Perth. The Shire takes in 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. 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.
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.
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.
Wine and other beveragesThe Great Southern wine region is the largest in mainland Australia, and encompasses the subregions of Albany, Denmark, Frankland River, Mount Barker and Porongurup. It produces 25 percent of Western Australia’s wine output.
Premium foodsProductive land and generally reliable growing conditions support premium food producers in the region. Wagyu beef, truffles, seafood, dairy products, organic foods, pantry products and more attract attention for their quality and provenance.
Screen productionFilm production in the Great Southern jumped up a notch in 2016 with the production of Simon Baker’s Breath, based on the novel by Tim Winton. Breath was released in 2018, and kicked off a flurry of filmmaking.
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.
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.
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