What's on in Western Australia - August -
Hills Wine Show:
This year’s festival will be held in conjunction with the
Mundaring Truffle Festival. Sample more than 100 of the region's
premium wines and talk to the winemakers and growers about their
produce. The Perth Hills region is characterised by boutique,
family owned and operated cellar doors.
The 2009 Bundaberg Rum Rugby Series Test Match will see the
Qantas Wallabies match up against reigning World Cup champions,
the Springboks, at Subiaco Oval.
Broome's Shinju Matsuri or Festival of the Pearl was established
to commemorate Japanese pearl divers. Dragon boat racing, a
float parade through China Town and family mardi gras make for
an exciting week.
Movement Music Festival: 16-18 October
The One Movement for Music Festival in Perth is a mega new music
event that will be the first of its kind in Australasia. Come
see new and unsigned bands play at various venues
Jazz and Soul Festival:
Proudly hosted in the historic town of York, the vintage
atmosphere is the perfect setting to mix seven stages of
incredible music with locally-produced gourmet food and the
uplifting buzz of happy people. The streets come alive with all
Western Australia's economy is largely
driven by extraction and processing of a diverse range of
mineral and petroleum commodities. The structure of the economy
is closely linked to the abundance of natural resources found in
the State, providing a comparative advantage in resource
extraction and processing. As a consequence:
The Western Australian economy is more
capital-intensive than all the other states.
Gross state product per person ($60,845) is
the highest of all states (2007 national average was $47,610)
Diversification (i.e. a greater range
of commodities) over the past 15 years has provided a more
balanced production base and less reliance on just a few major
export markets, insulating the economy from fluctuations in
world prices (e.g. high oil and gas prices help sustain export
income when prices of other commodities such as alumina and
There has been strong growth in the services
(finance, insurance and property) and construction sector, which
have increased their share of economic output.
Recent growth in global demand for minerals
and petroleum, especially in (iron-ore) and Japan (for LNG) has
ensured economic growth above the national average.
Western Australia's overseas exports
accounted for 36% of the nation's total.The state's major export
commodities include iron-ore, alumina, crude oil and liquefied
natural gas (LNG), nickel, gold, ammonia, wheat, wool, and live
sheep and cattle.