Peel Region 

Western Australia’s fastest growing region

The Peel region lies immediately south of Perth and is bordered by the Darling Scarp in the East and the Indian Ocean in the West. The region is home to unique ecosystems including the internationally significant Peel-Harvey Catchment. These environmental assets are passionately protected by communities and provide the foundation for the enviable lifestyle enjoyed by residents and visitors.

With nature at the heart of the region, a strategic balance of conservation and innovation will be vital to ensuring the sustainability of Peel’s natural assets and the development of the economy.

The region’s economic future will revolve around innovative agriculture and nature-based or indigenous-based tourism.

Peel encompasses the five local government areas of Boddington, Murray, Serpentine-Jarrahdale, Waroona shires and the City of Mandurah. Peel may be Western Australia’s smallest region geographically, but it the fastest-growing region in the state, making future planning for people, place, and economy critical.

City Of Mandurah

The City of Mandurah is Western Australia’s largest regional city and covers an area of 173.5 square kilometres. It is home to more than 85,000 people with an average increase of 1500 new residents each year over the past five years. Between 2016 and 2036, the population for the City of Mandurah is forecast to increase by 36,778 persons (44.26% growth), at an average annual change of 1.85%.

Mandurah is a superb place to live and raise a family. It offers an exciting mix of residential developments, from family homes and modern apartments within new estates to luxurious homes nestled among canal waterways.

Mandurah boasts a typical Mediterranean climate and relaxed coastal lifestyle which provides a unique work/life balance opportunity. Between the Indian Ocean, the expansive waterways of the Peel-Harvey Estuary and the lower reaches of the Serpentine River, this unique location boasts some of the best water based activity facilities in Western Australia.

Shire Of Boddington

The Shire of Boddington is situated approximately 123 kilometres southeast of Perth and 92 kilometres southeast of Mandurah. The Shire is accessible from the north via the Albany Highway from Perth and via the Pinjarra Williams Road from Mandurah to the west. The Shire covers a land area of 1,900 square kilometres.

Nestled on the banks of the Hotham River is the township of Boddington. Located within easy reach of the metropolitan area, the Boddington Shire boasts rural living at its best with essential services close at hand.

The establishment of Bauxite mining in 1979 at Boddington, continues to service Western Australia’s alumina refinery at Worsley (near Collie). Further mining followed with the opening of the Boddington Gold Mine in 1987. Together the Gold & Bauxite mines create a thriving rural mining town.

Shire Of Murray

At the centre of the Peel region and within an hour south of Perth, the Shire of Murray boasts thousands of square kilometres of natural beauty. Bounded by the idyllic shores of Herron Point in the west, the adventure town of Dwellingup in the east and the equestrian playgrounds of North Dandalup and Coolup to the north and south respectively, the district offers an abundance of leisure opportunities as well as a diverse range of land use options.

Murray is home to enticing residential estates ranging from urban hubs and canal living to rural residential, all offering a relaxed country lifestyle with convenient transport links to the freeway and several large urban centres. Over 17,000 residents call Murray home and by 2031, more than 37,000 people will reside in the district. The Shire is grounded by its history and rural charm, and its future is secured through infrastructure development and strategic investment in tourism and industry.

Shire Of Serpentine-Jarrahdale

Located approximately 45 kilometres from the Perth CBD, Serpentine Jarrahdale is set against the picturesque backdrop of the Darling Scarp and covers an area of 905 square kilometres.

Forested hills and wetlands are complemented by areas of pristine wilderness with an abundance of wildflowers and wildlife. This unique landscape delivers an enviable rural setting in close proximity to a major metropolitan area. Coastal flats are dominated by rural residential properties with a mix of natural vegetation and cleared grazing land supporting a vibrant equine industry.

This Shire is one of the fastest-growing local governments in the country and is working to balance the natural beauty of Serpentine Jarrahdale with the need for sustainable growth – not just environmentally, but also socially and economically. The current population of 31,000 is expected to grow at a rate of 7.7% per year, to reach 130,000 by 2050.

Shire Of Waroona

Located in the south western corner of Western Australia’s Peel region, the Waroona shire is just over 100 kilometres from the state capital of Perth, less than 50 kilometres from the Peel regional city of Mandurah, and less than 100 kilometres from the South West regional centre of Bunbury.

The shire stretches from sea to scarp between the Indian Ocean and the Darling Scarp, featuring pristine beaches, lakes on the coastal plains, fertile farmlands and peaceful jarrah forests. Covering a total area of 835 km2, the Shire includes the localities of Waroona, Hamel, Lake Clifton and Preston Beach.

Communities within the shire have been connected locally and regionally, with forestry, agriculture and mining responsible for establishing and connecting these communities through road, rail and social networks. This connection has continued through to the present day with strong social, arts, cultural and sporting ties.

Peel Alliance works closely with Peel Development Commission and Regional Development Australia (Peel) to identify initiatives and solutions for our region. Further information about their activities and the Peel can be found here: