Regional Focus – About The Peel

Population:  131,893* 2015 (est)
Unemployment Rate: 8.2%
Area: 5, 600 sq kms | 0.2% of WA
Gross Regional Product: $8,422 million
3.4% of Gross State Product  (‘14-’15)
Transform Peel Aerial Map

The Peel is one of the nine regions of Western Australia. It is located on the coast 75 kms south of the state capital, Perth. It consists of the City of Mandurah, and the Shires of Boddington, Murray, Serpentine Jarrahdale and Waroona. The region is primarily plateau with large expanses of native forest and farmlands. It is characterised by coastal, farming and native areas, estuaries, dams and escarpments.

  • The diversity of natural resources, including fertile farmlands as well as access to markets, presents opportunities for the development of a wide range of industries.
  • Mining, construction and manufacturing industries presently contribute over 65% of the region’s economic output, compared to just over 57% for all of WA
The Peel Harvey Estuary
By 2050, the Peel is expected to be one of the most populated regions outside Perth with a projected population of 444,000.

To support a population of this size, the Peel needs to build an economy that incorporates many industries, adopts and innovative approach to business and has a highly skilled and high performing workforce.

Peel Food Zone innovative farming

Peel Regional Investment Blueprint

The Peel Development Commission’s Regional Investment Blueprint provides a roadmap for its achievement, focusing on strategies and initiatives including:

  • broadening and diversifying the region’s business and commercial sectors;
  • enhancement of our agriculture and food sectors through innovation, investment and research;
  • revitalisation and expansion of our regional city, towns and communities;
  • industry partnership between our schools, training organisations and universities to create rewarding careers that lead to jobs;
  • consultation and enhancement of existing tourism attractions and establishment of new visitor experiences;
  • establishment of a major business and industrial park to attract mid-tier to large companies to the region; and
  • creation of key infrastructure including non-climate dependent sources of water supply and innovative projects around energy and by-product management.