Economic Development

The Shire has a population of 13,000 and boasts some of the world's largest open cut mines, extensive Oil and Gas operations, the largest pastoral leases and cattle stations - all set against a beautiful and ancient landscape that includes Karijini National Park, the Mackerel Islands and the incredible history of the region.

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  • In 2018, operations within the Shire produced over 40 million tonnes of Iron Ore – valued over $30 billion.
  • The Shire’s mining sector represents over 18% of WA’s mining industry value.
  • 39% of all jobs in the Pilbara Region are located in the Shire of Ashburton.
  • The Shire boasts an unemployment rate of 0.6% with the State average closer to 6.3%.

It is a great time to be living in the Pilbara, with many families taking the opportunity to create financial security and for many local service providers able to establish a sound business. In order to sustain these local economies we need to focus on creating environments that are reasonably sheltered from the ebb and flow of industry.

The more we can develop economic diversity the better chance we have of building communities, and a region, that is solid in its foundation.

As part of our commitment to building strong, sustainable economies and local communities, the Shire of Ashburton is proud to be formally recognised as being Small Business Friendly.

To learn more about our economic profile, our strategy and intitiaves, as well as the opportunities available within the Shire of Ashburton, download the documents below. 

Economic & Tourism Development Strategy

Onslow Open for Business

Business Opportunities