Community Profile

The Shire of Irwin (map) is able to cater for almost any lifestyle and, if you are looking for a relaxing environment with ocean access, then Dongara-Denison may be the place for you.

The Amangu, Wajarri and Widi Aboriginal peoples of the region witnessed the first permanent European settlement in the Victoria District and along the Irwin River in the 1850s.The settlement has grown to be the centre of a coastal community with an enviable lifestyle and approximately 3,600 residents. The twin towns of Dongara and Port Denison form the centre of a vibrant farming and fishing community equally valued and enjoyed by residents and visitors.

Known historically for its lobster fishing industry and broad acre farming the area has developed into a friendly coastal lifestyle community in close proximity to Geraldton with a growing tourism industry.

The Shire has a population of over 3,600 people. Between the 2011 and 2016 census, there has been a continued increase in the number of people aged over 60 years living in the region and taking advantage of the lifestyle offered in town. The Shire has experienced a growth in resident population of 12.2% in the decade from 2006 to 2016. Reports indicate an upward population trend is predicted in the future with moderate growth forecast up to 2026.

This website provides demographic insights for the Shire of Irwin. For further information about living, working or playing in the Shire of Irwin, please contact the Community Services Team, Phone: +61 8 9927 0000.

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