Linda Reynolds is very proud to represent Western Australia; the largest state in Australia occupying an area as large as Western Europe.
Western Australia is bounded to the North and West by the beautiful Indian Ocean and to the South by the Great Australian Bight and Southern Ocean. Western Australia is renowned for its rich variety of flora and fauna. The south-west of Western Australia is known as one of the world’s 34 biodiversity ‘hotspots’, with some of the richest and most threatened reservoirs of plant and animal life on earth.
The state of Western Australia spans the entire western third of Australia and covers an area of 2.5 million square kilometres. Despite its large size, the majority of Western Australian is sparsely populated with the capital of Perth often referred to as the most isolated city in the world. Nearly 92 per cent of Western Australia’s 2.5 million inhabitants reside in the South West corner of the state. Western Australia has a proud and diverse history which is reflected in modern day life.
It is likely the first inhabitants of Western Australia arrived on the northwest coast some 40,000 to 60,000 years ago at a time when Australia was geographically closer to our neighbours in Indonesia. The life of Western Australia’s earliest inhabitants is depicted in the rock art found across the state’s north. Aboriginal heritage and culture continues to be acknowledged and celebrated in Western Australia today. European settlement of Western Australia officially began when Albany was founded as a military outpost of New South Wales in 1826. Three years later in 1829, the Swan River Colony was established on the Swan River by Captain James Stirling. By 1832 the population of the colony had reached 1,500 and the name changed to Western Australia.
When the Australian colonies formed a federation in 1901, Western Australia became the final state to join complete the federation. Western Australia was the most hesitant participant in the Commonwealth of Australia, in part due to its remoteness from the seat of central power and its sense of independence. Today Western Australia is the economic powerhouse in Australia, on the back of the development of its abundant mineral and energy resources. In 2013-14, WA’s economy grew by 5.5 per cent, well ahead of other states including next best performer Queensland which saw growth of 2.3 per cent.
It is the entrepreneurial spirit of Western Australia and its people which has led to the state’s success. Western Australia excels not only in the resource industry but in agriculture, tourism, food and wine. The diversity of our state’s geography is only rivalled by the diversity of its people. From city dwellers in Perth, to pastoralists in some the world’s most remote cattle stations, West Australians are a force to be reckoned with and Senator Reynolds is honoured to serve them.
“I am grateful that after sitting weeks in Canberra I am able to return home to the most beautiful place in Australia to call home,” Senator Reynolds said. “I am passionate about the future of West Australia and all who live here. It is an honour to represent our thriving and productive state where the spirit of competition and innovation is alive and well.”