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Shire of Murray

Notes - geography

Census geography overview

Census data is available at a variety of different geographic levels such as State, Capital City, Local Government Area, Suburb and Postal Area. These areas are created by aggregating smaller units of geography together into a 'best fit.'

The boundaries available from the ABS rarely match actual 'communities', 'suburbs' or 'service catchments' needed for effective decision making, and even if they do, they are seldom available on the same geographic basis over time, making it very difficult to identify trends in population characteristics based on meaningful areas.

For the 2011 Census, the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) implemented a brand new geographic structure, which is based on labour force areas. This is known as the Australian Standard Geography Standard, and uses the base unit of the SA1 (Statistical Area Level 1). These build into SA2s, SA3s, SA4s and Greater Capital City Areas.

For previous Censuses the base building block was called a Census Collector District. Census Collector Districts aggregated to Local Government Areas.

Local Government Areas are available from the 2011 Census output. They are created by aggregating SA1s. However these SA1s do not sum exactly to Local Government boundaries, making geographic breakdowns problematic, and time series even more difficult.

profile.id resolves all of these issues to create a meaningful geography that can be analysed over a long time period.

Shire of Murray geography

This profile provides Census data for Shire of Murray broken down into small areas based on customised suburbs/localities.

For the 1991, 1996, 2001 and 2006 Census years these small areas are created by aggregating Census Collection Districts. For the 2011 Census they are created by aggregating Statistical Area Level 1 units.

Where SA1s or CCDs do not fit exactly into a suburb or locality boundary, estimates are made in each Census year of the number of dwellings to be included. These estimates use aerial photography, dwelling counts, planning schemes, and street directories to determine what percentage of each SA1 or CCD to include in the suburb.

This means that regardless of the Census year, and the changes in ABS output boundaries, the data presented in profile.id exactly matches the suburb/locality boundary. This provides the most accurate population information for suburbs and localities and a meaningful time series for the current geography.

NOTE: The geography in the Community Profile tables may not match the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) SA2, state suburb or postal area boundaries, which are based on aggregation of whole SA1s and are not comparable to previous Census years.

Shire of Murray has 6 small areas:

Location of Furnissdale - North Yunderup

Furnissdale - North Yunderup

Furnissdale - North Yunderup is bounded by Pinjarra Road in the north and east, the Forrest Highway, the Murray River and the Worallgarook Branch in the south, and the Serpentine River in the west.

Location of Pinjarra - West Pinjarra (part)

Pinjarra - West Pinjarra (part)

Pinjarra - West Pinjarra (part) is bounded by Beacham Road, Pinjarra Road, the locality of Ravenswood, the Murray River, Paterson Road, Champion Retreat and the localities of Ravenswood and Fairbridge in the north, the South Western Highway, Pipeline Road and the locality of Oakley in the east, Greenlands Road in the south, and the locality of Nirimba and Parkhills Lane in the west.

Location of Ravenswood

Ravenswood

Ravenswood is bounded by Rogers Road, Paterson Road and the locality of Nambeelup in the north, the locality of North Dandalup, the railway line and the locality of Fairbridge in the east, the locality of Pinjarra, Champion Retreat, Paterson Road, the Murray River, the locality of Pinjarra, Pinjarra Road and Beacham Road in the south, and the locality of South Yunderup, Pinjarra Road and the locality of Barragup in the west.

Location of South Yunderup - Nirimba

South Yunderup - Nirimba

South Yunderup - Nirimba is bounded by the Worallgarook Branch and the Murray River in the north, the locality of Ravenswood, Beacham Road, Parkhills Lane and the locality of West Pinjarra in the east, Greenlands Road and a line running continuous of Greenlands Road in the south, and the Peel Inlet in the west.

Location of Stake Hill - Barragup - Nambeelup - North Dandalup

Stake Hill - Barragup - Nambeelup - North Dandalup

Stake Hill - Barragup - Nambeelup - North Dandalup is bounded by the City of Rockingham and the Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale in the north, Boyd Road, Preece Road, the localities of Keysbrook, Myara and Whittaker in the east, Wades Road, the localities of Fairbridge and Ravenswood, Paterson Road, Rogers Road, the locality of Ravenswood and Pinjarra Road in the south, and the Serpentine River, the City of Mandurah and Stock Road in the west.

Location of Rural Remainder

Rural Remainder

Rural Remainder is bounded by Serpentine Jarrahdale Shire in the north, the Shire of Wandering and the Shire of Boddington in the east, Pinjarra-Williams Road, the Shire of Boddington, the Shire of Waroona and the Murray River in the south, and Harvey Estuary, Peel Inlet, a line running continuous of Greenlands Road, Greenlands Road, and the localities of Pinjarra, Ravenswood and North Dandalup in the west.

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