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The 2016 Estimated Resident Population for Paraburdoo is 1,389, with a population density of 0.09 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Paraburdoo is located in the southern section of the Shire of Ashburton, south of Tom Price. Paraburdoo is bounded by the locality of Rocklea in the north, east and south, and the locality of Innawanga in the west.

Name origin

Paraburdoo is named from an Aboriginal word meaning “feathered meat”, perhaps referring to the large numbers of little corellas or flock pigeons in the area.

Settlement history

The township of Paraburdoo was established in 1970 by Hamersley Iron (now Pilbara Iron) as a company mining town for the nearby iron ore deposits. The population declined significantly during the 1990s, increased substantially between 2001 and 2006, and then was relatively stable between 2006 and 2011. These fluctuations in population are largely due to changes in mining operations.

Land use

Paraburdoo encompasses a township and surrounding rural areas.

Major features

Major features of the area include Paraburdoo Golf Club, Paraburdoo Drive-In Cinema, Paraburdoo Town Centre, Paraburdoo Swimming Pool, Paraburdoo Hospital, Paraburdoo Sports Pavilion, Paraburdoo Speedway, Federation Park, Lioness Park, Lions Park, Meeka Park, Paraburdoo Airport and one school.