With much of the Warren catchments area being within State Forest and conservation estate, only approximately 20% of the catchments area supports a population of approximately 10,000 and a mix of industrial, urban, rural and semi-rural land uses. The towns vary in size with the major urban centre being Manjimup.
The Shire of Manjimup has a current estimated population of 9,183 people (ABS, 2011) with the median age of 42. Children aged 0-14 years made up 21.7% of the population and people aged 65 years and over made up 15.9% of the population (ABS, 2011).
Urban Centres / Localities
The urban centre of Manjimup has an estimated population of 4,164 people (ABS, 2011) with a median age of 38. In 2011, 3,158 people lived on farms within the Shire. It was estimated in 1996 that approximately 300 lived on farms outside of the Shire’s boundaries, but still within the Warren NRM Region (within the Shires of Boyup Brook, Kojonup, Nannup, Cranbrook and Bridgetown-Greenbushes).
The forecasted population for the Shire of Manjimup in 2026 is 10, 900 people (WAPC, 2012). Over the last five years, the centre of Manjimup’s population has been declining at a rate of approximately 0.2% per annum (WAPC, 2014). The decline can be attributed to a number of factors including the changing agricultural industry (workforce also declining), changes to the timber industry and the distance to the coast (WAPC, 2014).
- ABS 2011 Community Profile Statistics. Accessed online: http://www.censusdata.abs.gov.au/census_services/getproduct/census/2011/communityprofile
- WAPC 2012 Western Australia Tomorrow Population Report No. 7, 2006 to 2026. Accessed online: http://www.planning.wa.gov.au/dop_pub_pdf/LGASummary.pdf
- WAPC 2014 Draft South West Regional Planning and Infrastructure Framework. Access online: http://www.planning.wa.gov.au/dop_pub_pdf/South_West_RPIF.pdf