SHIRE OF BODDINGTON
Nestled on the banks of the Hotham River is the township of Boddington. Located within easy reach of the metropolitan area, the Boddington Shire boasts rural living at its best with essential services close at hand.
However, don’t let its country-town charm fool you – Boddington offers singles, couples and families all the essential services they need to enjoy a more relaxed way of life without sacrificing on convenience. With established school, shops and recreational facilities, it’s easy to see why Boddington really is the best of both worlds.
Boddington is located 130 kilometres south-east of Perth on the Hotham River. Established in 1912, it is named after Henry Boddington, a shepherd who grazed his sheep on the banks of the river in the late 1800s.
The region has a rich Aboriginal history as part of the Wilman language group (a division of Noongar).
European settlers arrived in the early 1860s.
The Shire has an area of 1920 sq km, around half of which is State Forest. The Shire is home to a variety of agricultural industries including sheep, cattle, cereal crops, timber, viticulture and orchards.
Today, the town has a population of over 2000 people. Two mines are located within the Shire; Australia’s most productive mine, Newmont’s Boddington Gold Mine and BHP’s Worsley Bauxite Mine. BHP’s mining operations commenced in the late 1970s and the gold-mine reopened in 2006.