Journal of the Department of Agriculture, Western Australia, Series 4


Land capability, Land use, Land use planning, Surveys, Cape Leeuwin region (W.A.), Cape Naturaliste region (W.A.), Western Australia

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The Leeuwin-Naturaliste region is one of Western Australia's most beautiful areas. Located in the far south-west corner of the State, it is a popular scenis and tourist spot, as well as supporting grazing, horticultureal and viticultural enterprises.

Outside of perth the region is the most popular tourist destination in the state. It is also responsible for about a quarter of the State's milk production, and 15 percent of the state's potato production and a quarter of the State's wine grapes.

Many new agricultural enterprises have opened up in the past 15 years, and the population has increased by almost 40 per cent in that time.

These new developments have led to increased pressure on land use. The Department of Agriculture conducted a land capability study in the region in 1986 and 1987, and the results of this study are being used to improve land use planning.