Our Shire

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The Shire of Dardanup is a medium-sized local government based in the south west of Western Australia, 185km south of Perth and covering 518sq km.


With a blend of rural and fast-growing urban areas, the attention of the shire’s executive team and 9 councillors is keenly focused on encouraging balanced growth and development while recognising the diverse needs of each unique community within its boundaries.


Eaton forms the largest part of the Shire’s rate base and commercial hub with a population of about 13,000. The Shire’s main administration building is located here.

Dardanup with a population of 370 and Burekup with 360 form the Shire’s two smaller townsites, with another estimated 1900 residents living in rural areas of the shire.

Active development – particularly construction of the expanded Eaton Fair Shopping Centre with its major supermarkets and retailers plus 75+ specialty shops – points to a bright future while natural assets and a commitment to lifestyle, create harmony.

This has attracted a diverse population made up of young people, couples, retirees, families and seniors.


Our community is vibrant, active and engaged. People who live here care about each other, their environment and their future. Beautifully maintained parks, picnic facilities, reserves and public open spaces plus a variety of picturesque natural wonders like the Collie River Valley, draw people to the outdoors.

And committed to supporting and encouraging its residents of all ages – from children to seniors – to be more active, the Shire opened the Eaton Recreation Centre in 2003 which boasts the most modern gymnasium equipment outside Perth plus basketball/netball courts, crèche, meeting rooms and a cutting edge group fitness program for adults and kids alike.


The seeds of the Shire were sewn in its picturesque agricultural hinterland where traditional farming enterprises like beef and dairy production have been joined in more recent times by a now thriving tourism industry based on local drawcards like Gnomesville, a network of wineries, restaurants and boutique accommodation.