The South West Metropolitan Region is one of the most growing, productive and diverse sub-regions of the Perth Metropolitan Region.
With a population of 419,200 residents (June 2015), Gross Regional Product (GRP) of almost $24 billion (NIEIR, 2015) and a population growth rate averaging 3.2% per annum over the last five years (ABS, 2015), the region is well positioned to accommodate growth and provide employment and business development opportunities for existing and new businesses.
Manufacturing is the largest industry sector in the region, increasing by over 8% in the last five years and currently employing 22,190 people. The most recent industry data gathered in 2014/15 recorded Manufacturing output above $13 billion, with value add and local sales being $2.9 billion and $2.5 billion respectively.
Other important industry sectors in the region include:
Retail trade – over 22,000 employed persons, with 1,841 businesses and growth over 21% in last five years
Construction – over 20,000 employed persons, with 5,446 businesses and growth over 22% in last five years
Health care and social assistance – over 19,500 employed persons, with 1,804 businesses and growth of 12.5% in last five years
Education and training – over 17,000 employed persons, with 373 businesses and growth over 15% in last five years
Key industries, facilities, activity and commercial centres in the region include:
Major industrial areas in the region include the State’s premier heavy industrial estate being Kwinana Industrial Area and the Australian Marine Complex (AMC), as well as largely undeveloped industrial areas such as Latitude 32, Postans, East Rockingham and North East Baldivis that collectively form the Western Trade Coast
Fremantle Ports (inner and outer harbours)
Defence Facilities (HMAS Stirling – Garden Island and Leeuwin Barracks)
Major hospitals (Fremantle, Fiona Stanley, St John of God Murdoch, Rockingham)
Universities (Murdoch, Notre Dame and a campus of Curtin University) and Challenger Institute of Technology (AECPT Munster, Fremantle, Henderson, Kwinana, Murdoch, Rockingham)
Activity centres – Fremantle (strategic), Rockingham (strategic), Booragoon (secondary), Cockburn Central (secondary), Kwinana (secondary), Murdoch (specialised), and Jandakot Airport (specialised)