Perth Hills and Swan Valley Project

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The food growing regions of Perth Hills and Swan Valley supply Western Australians with high quality fruit and wine and are a popular local tourism destination on the footsteps of Perth.

This project offers to provide support for growers in this region to seize new opportunities and overcome a range of production challenges – such as water and land availability.

It will also leverage work already delivered by the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, and link landholders with initiatives to build business resilience and premium markets.

About the Perth Hills and Swan Valley

  • The Whayduk Noongar people are the acknowledged traditional custodians of the Perth Hills and Swan Valley
  • The Perth Hills and Swan Valley was one of Western Australia’s earliest food growing landscapes.
  • Horticultural product, (annual and perennial plantings) is the most important agricultural industry with much exported and wholesale represents 11% of the state’s production and has an estimated value of $130 M GVAP.
  • There are an estimated 377,259.00 people living in the Perth Hills and Swan Valley (Census).
  • 163,457.29 Ha of the study area is predicted to have high to very high capability for horticulture.
  • The area of suitable land is much greater than the estimated hectares that is currently under food growing land use.
  • There are an estimated 1500 agricultural zoned and Agricultural zoned land covers 3360 HA and average property size ranging between 1.5 Ha and 235 Ha in size.
  • There is an estimated 6300 rural lifestyle properties.
  • 60% of the region is a protected reserves and representing 10% of the Northern Jarrah forests.

The competitive advantage

  • Proximity to Perth and stable economy is attractive to private investors 
  • Within 20 kilometres there is a large workforce and a 2 million captive consumer market with increasing interest in food grown within 20 kilometres of their homes.
  • Significant infrastructure and agricultural developments occurring in those local government areas closest to Perth. 
  • The Perth Hills and Swan Valley is also close to important Asian food and tourism markets.
  • There is a high diversity of industries in the region with 200 and 250 different industries (Industry Diversification Index)
  • The Perth Hills and Swan Valley offering a robust local environment that to fill a range of goods and services needed for food growing, value adding and agri-food tourism.
  • The area is well serviced for freight routes 
  • Perth Hills and Swan Valley is the gateway to Regional Western Australia.
  • The landscape has abundant agritourism, Food and Environmental Tourism as well as developing night sky tourism 

About the Perth Hills and Swan Valley project:

DPIRD’s Perth Hills and Swan Valley project will provide support to growers in the region to capitalise on their competitive advantage, overcome a range of production challenges – such as water and land availability, build climate and business resilience and grasp new opportunities for developing successful business ventures.


  • Share climate change adaptation measures
  • Access business information and advice
  • Facilitate Regional Brand Development
  • Access to government assistance
  • Industry and Regional Advocacy
  • Stakeholder consultation
  • Project development for Government Investment
  • Regional Industry investment proposals
  • Opportunity identification and development