A changing climate alongside the global transition to a low carbon economy provide risks and significant opportunity for diversification and job growth in the Great Southern.


Global impacts from climate change are resulting in significant challenges for the Great Southern region, and our focus is working actively with our stakeholders to respond to these changing conditions. We aim to promote readiness and resilience for a changing climate, and support the emerging low carbon economy.

Our focus is to best prepare the Great Southern for future conditions, and to ensure we are consistent with the global transition to a low carbon economy.


To promote climate resilience and the low carbon transition, our projects encompass a broad range of areas including:

  • State and commonwealth low carbon transition agenda
  • Emerging low carbon and Net Zero economy
  • Renewable energy research and projects
  • Natural resource management
  • First Nations participation in low carbon and renewable energy transition
  • Preparedness for changing climate impacts, drought, bushfires, floods.
Related industries

Primary Production

Broadacre 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.


Great Southern aquaculture took a step change in 2017 with the opening of the Albany Shellfish Hatchery. The hatchery supplies shellfish spat to aquaculture operations around Western Australia’s coastline, and to operations elsewhere in Australia.

Premium Foods

Productive 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.

Wine and Other Beverages

The 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.