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Mount Barker

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The 2016 Estimated Resident Population for Mount Barker is 2,789, with a population density of 0.06 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Mount Barker is bounded by Eulup-Manurup Road, Sturdee Road, West Beattie Road, the Albany Highway, Fisher Road, Williams Road, Carbarup Road, the locality of Kendenup and Woogenellup Road in the north, the localities of Woogenellup and Porongurup in the east, Watermans Road and the locality of Narrikup in the south, and Wragg Road, Denmark-Mount Barker Road, Whitworth Road and Boyup Road in the west.

Name origin

Mount Barker is named after the nearby hill of the same name, which was named after Captain Collett Barker, Commandant at King George Sound.

Settlement history

Settlement of the area dates from the 1830s, although population was minimal until the late 1800s. Land was used mainly for farming and orcharding. Growth took place from the 1890s into the early 1900s, aided by the opening of the railway line in 1889. The township developed as a service centre to the surrounding agricultural area. Gradual expansion took place from the post-war years. The population increased slightly during the 1990s, declined slightly between 2001 and 2006, and then increased between 2006 and 2011 as new dwellings were added to the area.

Land use

Mount Barker encompasses a township (residential, commercial and industrial land use) and surrounding rural areas.

Major features

Major features of the area include the Mount Barker township, Mount Barker Golf Club, Narpanup Golf Course, Apex Park, Centennial Park, Frost Park, Sounness Park, Viv Skinner Park, Wilson Park, Frances E Wright Oval, Cooligrants Playground, Mount Barker Skate Park, Woogenellup Polocrosse Ground, Mount Barker Community Recreation Centre, Mount Barker Pistol & Rifle Range, Mount Barker Speedway, Mount Barker Mountain Swimming Pool, Great Southern Institute of Technology (Mount Barker Campus), Mount Barker District Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital, Mount Barker Art Gallery, old Police Station Museum, historic Mount Barker railway station, various wineries and several schools.