The Shire of West Arthur is a small local government nestled between the forests of the South West and the Wheatbelt to the east, with close proximity to Perth, Bunbury, Albany, and Narrogin. Darkan, the main administrative centre is located approximately 200 kilometres southeast of Perth, 60 kilometres from Collie and 115 kilometres from Bunbury. Traditionally a wool producing region, primary producers have moved into grain and meat production in recent years, with most operating mixed farming enterprises.
To support the Shire of West Arthur diversify their economy and leverage opportunities, BlueSalt Consulting (formerly Anna Dixon Consulting) was engaged to develop their first economic development strategy and action plan. Central to the approach was ensuring the strategy and plan were practical and tailored to the resources available for implementation.