Shire of Moora

Area ~180 km north of Perth and covers ~3,767 square kilometres.
Towns Moora, Bindi Bindi, Coomberdale, Koojan, Miling and Watheroo
Average Temperature Maximum of 33.9°C in January and minimum of 5.4°C in July.
Annual Rainfall Average of 470 mm (BoM, 2014).
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The total population of the Shire of Moora is 2,535. Moora is the largest town with a population of ~1,822.

The population in the shire from 2011 to 2013 has decreased, representing a total decline  of 0.8%.

In the Shire of Moora, 17% of the population are residents who were born overseas, 82.7% being born in Australia and 12.3% are of indigenous heritage.

Estimates of the resident populations as at 30 June are released annually for Local Government Areas (LGAs) in Australia by the Australian Bureau of Statistics. The estimates are generally revised 12 months later and final estimates are available after the following census. Visit the ABS website for further details.

In the Shire of Moora approximately 1,292 residents are employed in the work force.

The agriculture industry largely contributes to the economy of the Shire of Moora. Agriculture accounts for 52.6% of businesses and approximately 355,560 hectares. Manufacturing, transport and logistics accounts for 2.9% and 5.9% of local businesses, respectively (RPS, 2014).

Employment by sector (Service related industry, Retail related industry, Agriculture, fishing and forestry, Mining, Manufacturing, Construction, Other) is depicted in the chart below.

The main land uses as shown in the Local Planning Scheme for the Shire of Moora includes recreation and open space, reserves, industrial and residential.

Priority conservation reserves includes Watheroo National Park, Jocks Well Nature Reserve, Gunyldi Nature Reserve, Namban Nature Reserve, Manaling Nature Reserve and Long Pool Nature Reserve.

Nature Reserves

  • Watheroo National Park

    The Watheroo National Park covers an area of 44,481 hectares and is located in the Shires of Coorow, Moora and Dandaragan. The national park is characterised by sand plains mostly dominated by heath and woodlands of Eucalypts.

  • Conservation reserves in the NAR

    To view all the reserves in the Northern Agricultural Region, visit the Land use theme page or view the nature reserve map.

The bedrock geology underlying the western portion of the Shire of Moora is the Coolyena group, which comprises of chalk interspersed with greensand, glauconitic, siltstone, sandstone and marl. The group includes the Poison Hill Greensand, Gingin Chalk , Molecap Greensand and Molecap formations. The Coomberdale subgroup was formed during the Mezoproterozoic era from sedimentary and volcanic rocks. The Coomberdale subgroup comprises of sandstone, siltstone, dolomite rock, stromatolitic dolomite rock and silicified dolomite rock. The underlying geology of the eastern portion of shire is the south west terrain of the Yilgarn Craton. The area comprises of igneous and metamorphic rocks formed during the archean period. The minerals includes granitic rock, granulitic and migmatite rock and gneiss.

The soils underlying the western portion of the Shire are described as deep sandy siliceous soils yellow to brown often with gravelly soils. These soil types overlies a number of a complex landscape features from alluvial plains associated with the Moore river catchment and ancient lake systems, to a low dune systems. Rising from the landscapes are hill slopes with emergent subdued breakaways.  The soil type in the eastern portion of the shire is described as non-alkaline subsoils of sandy and loamy duplexes. This soil type overlies undulating rises to undulating low hills of magmatite rock and granite rock outcrops. This portion of the shire also comprises of alluvial plains and valleys associated with the Moore river catchment.

Please go to the below link for more information on soil and geology in the region

Priority Fauna Species

IBRA Regions

  • Re-juvenated Drainage subregion (Avon Wheatbelt 2)

    The Re-juvenated Drainage subregion occurs in the eastern LGAs of the NAR. The Rejuvenate drainage subregion is characterised by undulating rises and low hills with low areas associated with the watercourses in area. The vegetation consists of woodlands of Wandoo, York Gum and trees of Salmon Gum over shrublands of jam and casuarinas (Beecham, 2001b).

  • Northern Jarrah Forest subregion (Jarrah Forest 1)

    The Northern Jarrah Forrest is located in the southern LGAs. This subregion is characterised by Jarrah- Marri Forest over lateritic gravel. Woodlands of Wandoo – Marri forest over clayey soils in the east. In areas of Mesozoic sediment exists Jarrah forests occurring with a variety of other flora species (Williams and Mitchell, 2001).

  • Dandaragan Plateau subregion (Swan Coastal Plain 1)

    The Dandaragan plateau is located in the southern LGAs of the NAR. This subregion is characterised by low woodlands of Banksia, Jarrah-Marri woodlands and scrub heath on laterite pavement and on gravelly sandplain (Desmond, 2001).

Threatened Ecological Communities

  • Herbaceous plant assemblages on bentonite lake beds (Vegetation Types 1,2,3&7) and margins (Vegetation Types 4,5&6) of the Watheroo-Marchagee region

    This TEC occurs within the Geraldton Sandplains IBRA Region. The following description is from the Herbaceous plant assemblages on bentonite lake beds (Vegetation Types 1,2,3&7) and margins  (Vegetation Types 4,5&6) of the Watheroo-Marchagee region Interim recovery plan no. 108 (pg 2):

    The plant community comprises herbaceous plant assemblages dominated by a combination of Triglochin mucronata, Trichanthodium exile, Asteridea athrixioides and Puccinellia stricta (Vegetation types 1,2,3&7) on the lake beds, and a combination of Podolepis capillaris, Angianthus tomentosus and Pogonolepis stricta (Vegetation types 4,5&6) on the lake margins, of bentonite lakes in the Watheroo-Marchagee region. These herbaceous plant assemblages are characterised by a dependence on a bentonite (saponite) substrate – naturally restricted to the lake beds and margins of perched, ephemeral freshwater playa lakes and claypans of the Watheroo-Marchagee region. Whilst most lakes comprise only herbaceous species, there are a number with varying densities of Casuarina obesa trees, and shrubs of Melaleuca lateriflora subspp. lateriflora and Acacia ligustrina.

    Current Status: WA listed as Endangered.


  • Heath dominated by one or more of Regelia megacephala, Kunzea praestans and Allocasuarina campestris on ridges and slopes of the chert hills of the Coomberdale Floristic Region

    This TEC is located within the Avon Wheatbelt IBRA region, the following description from the Heath dominated by one or more of Regelia megacephala, Kunzea praestans and Allocasuarina campestris on ridges and slopes of the chert hills of the Coomberdale Floristic Region Interim recovery plan no. 65 (pg 3):

    This community consists of tall, dense heath dominated by either Regelia megacephala or Allocasuarina campestris on exposed chert ridges; tall, dense heath or open low woodland over dense to mid-dense heath dominated by Kunzea praestans or Allocasuarina campestris on shallow loamy rocky soil over chert on the slopes and ridges of chert hills. The suite of plant species associated with the dominant species named above includes one or more of Dryandra fraseri var. fraseri, Dryandra sessilis, Hibbertia subvaginata, Xanthorrhoea drummondii, Melaleuca sp., Calothamnus quadrifidus and Calytrix leschenaultii.

    Current Status: WA listed as Endangered.


  • Banksia Woodlands of the Swan Coastal Plain: a nationally protected ecological community

    The Banksia Woodlands ecological community only occurs on or adjacent to the Swan Coastal Plain of Western Australia, which stretches to the north and south of Perth. The broader region—Southwest Australia—is recognised as one of only two global biodiversity hotspots in Australia.

    The ecological community provides habitat for many native plants and animals that rely on Banksia Woodlands for their homes and food. Remaining patches of the ecological community provide important wildlife corridors and refuges in a mostly fragmented landscape.

    The ecological community was listed as endangered under Australia’s national environment law, the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act), on 16 September.

    For more information about this ecological community visit the Department of Environment website.

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Groundwater Areas

  • Jurien Groundwater Area

    The Jurien Groundwater Area spans over 5,000 km2 of land and has a total groundwater availability of around 84 million m3/year. Groundwater usage is low, with 21 per cent of resources allocated. There are also significant amounts of groundwater available in the Parmelia/Leederville formations. The superficial formation contains important resources near the coast, although the quality and quantity of groundwater is variable (DoW, 2010).

    For information on the allocation plan click here.


  • Moore River

    Drainage Basin Length (km) Catchment Area (km2) Average Stream Salinity (mg/L) Key Characteristics
    Moore-Hill 288 13,450 3000-35000 The Moore River’s eastern reaches (Moore River East) which originates near Dalwallinu, and northern reaches (Moore River North) commences east of Coorow. The major tributaries are the Coonderoo River and Gingin Brook. The Moore River enters the ocean at Guilderton and the estuary is only open to the ocean for a few weeks each year.


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Friends of the Moora Woodlands

Moora Miling Pasture Improvement Group

Home P.O. Box 163 Moora WA 6510 Website:

Moore Catchment Council

Work P.O. Box 337 Moora WA 6510 AustraliaWork 1 Padbury Street Moora WA 6510 Australia Phone: 08 9653 1355 Website:

Northern Agricultural Catchments Council

Work Geraldton Office 201 Lester Avenue PO Box 7168 Geraldton WA 6530 Work Perenjori Office Corner of Fowler Street and Timmings Street PO Box 95 Perenjori WA 6620 Work Jurien Bay Office 69 Bashford Street PO Box 872 Jurien Bay WA 6516 Phone: (08) 9938 0100 (Geraldton) Phone: (08) 9973 1444 (Perenjori) Phone: (08) 9652 0872 (Jurien Bay) Website: NACC Website

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