Geraldton, Western Australia
A port city located 420km north of Perth - WA’s capital city - Geraldton is home to about 36,000 people. It’s a major West Australian centre – a hub not just for mining and gas but also for agricultural, fishery, port and tourism industries as well.
The quality of life to be had in Geraldton is exceptional. It’s a beautiful place for water sports from swimming to scuba diving. The coast and nearby gorges are great for climbing and bushwalking. At the right time of year, thousands of people flock to the region around Geraldton (called the Mid-West) to see the incredible carpets of wildflowers. In winter the average maximum temperature is about 20C, in summer it’s about 32C. If there is anything to complain about, it can sometimes be a bit windy.
The city has an airport, libraries, swimming pools, day care facilities, a major hospital, theatres, community centres, excellent sporting facilities and a vibrant art community. For more information, check out the Geraldton council’s website.
The Mid-West region, like much of WA, is mineral rich. The area around Geraldton is particularly known for nickel, gold, mineral sands, copper, zinc, lead concentrate, talc, garnet, iron ore and, more recently, oil and gas.
As of mid-2010, there were 17 active resource projects and 21 more in the process of getting up and running. In 2009/10 the mining industry was worth $2.5 billion to the national economy and oil and gas an extra $52.5 million. According to the Mid-West Development Commission gold mining was worth $816 million and talc, nickel and cobalt collectively about $450 million. Iron ore contributed $416 million.
The region continues to grow. A new deepwater port and industrial estate is being built at Oakajee and the $1.8 billion Karara iron ore project (Gindalbie Metals Ltd) will come online soon. Miners active in the area include Iluka Resources and Cashmere Iron.
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