About Morawa

The Shire of Morawa is situated in the North Midlands area of Western Australia.

With the construction of a multi million-dollar health centre, excellent education options and first rate sporting facilities our community services are also thriving.Predominantly an agricultural based Shire, Morawa boasts excellent tourism facilities and attractions (particularly during the Spring wildflower season), a rich history, great business incentives and an active mining industry that has only recently been redeveloped.

In recent years tourism has played an increasingly important role in our Economic Development.

Location

From Perth, Morawa is due north, approximately three and a half  hours drive or 370km (via Three Springs).

From Geraldton, Morawa is east south east approximately 180km.

From the coastal town of Dongara, we are 114 kms east.

Our Shire is bordered by the Shire of Mullewa to the North, Perenjori to the South, Mingenew and Three Springs to the West and Yalgoo to the East.

Population

The Shire of Morawa supports a population of approximately 950

The population of Morawa townsite is estimated at 500 people and 450 for the remainder of the Shire. For a number of years up until 1991 the population had been declining, but has remained stable since. About 3% of the population are Aboriginal. people, and includes the localities of Canna, Gutha, Pintharuka, Merkanooka and Koolanooka.

Geography

The Shire of Morawa covers just over 350,000 hectares (3,528 km²) consisting of agricultural and pastoral land, mining leases, Crown land, reserves and townsites.

The area of remnant vegetation in the Shire equates to 22,224 hectares of private land, 54,007 hectares of public land and 15,825 hectares of private land modified for grazing purposes.

Our region is renowned for a diversity of flora that is seldom equalled, with this being attributed to the diversity of landform and soil types that are present within the district. In the Shire of Morawa you will see everything from large flat plains, to rolling hills and rugged breakaway country. Approximately 12,800 hectares of land in the Shire is salt affected land or salt lakes.

Soil types are primarily York Gum soil (light/heavy) interspersed with Salmon Gum clay. The light land soils are yellowish brown sands or clayey sands, normally 1 metre in depth overlying laterite or gravel. Numerous hydrological surveys have been conducted over recent years.

Climate

Morawa experiences warm to hot, dry Summers and mild, wet Winters.

Rainfall is mainly during the Winter and Spring months and averages 337 mm per year. Temperatures range from moderate in Winter up to 40°C plus in the Summer

Economy

The economy of the district is firmly based on cereal and legume crops and wool.

For a short time during the late 1960's and early 1970's, iron ore was mined at Koolanooka Hills. In 2006 mining recommenced at Koolanooka Hills giving our shire great economic potential for the future.

The name ‘Morawa’

Morawa is an Aboriginal name, first shown on maps of the area for a rock hole in 1910. It is possibly derived from "Morowa" or "Morowar", the Dalgite, a small marsupial which burrows into the earth. A Dalgite is a type of bilby. Another possible meaning is "the place where men are made". This is probably a reference to initiation ceremonies conducted in the area by the Aboriginal inhabitants.