Western Australia Located towards the west of Australia occupying the entire western third of Australia. It is bordered with Northern territory to the north-east and South Australia the south-east. Western Australia is Australia's largest state in land area. Perth is the Capital of Western Australia and home to big mining giants with highest per capita income in Australia.
Western Australia's economy is largely driven by extraction and processing of a diverse range of mineral and petroleum commodities. The state produces 46% of Australia's exports. Western Australia is the second-largest iron ore producer in the world. Agricultural production in WA is a major contributor to the state and national economy. Although tending to be highly seasonal.
Located south of Perth, the heavy industrial area of Kwinana has the nation's largest oil refinery with a capacity of 137,000 barrels of oil a day, producing petrol and diesel for local consumption, along with iron, alumina, and nickel processing plants, port facilities for grain exports, and support industries for mining and petroleum such as heavy and light engineering, and metal fabrication. Shipbuilding (e.g. Austal ships) and associated support industries are found at nearby Henderson, just south of Fremantle. Significant secondary industries include cement and building product manufacturing, flour milling, food processing, animal feed production, automotive body building, and printing.
Western Australia has a significant fishing industry. Products for local consumption and export include Western Rock Lobsters, prawns, crabs, shark and tuna, as well as pearl fishing in the Kimberley region of the state. Processing is conducted along the west coast. Whaling was a key marine industry but ceased at Albany in 1978.
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