- Posted By Rebecca Bell
To many, Broome is a fabulous tourist destination, with a great lifestyle, balmy weather, unique pioneering history and pearling industry. Yet there is a lot more to Broome than just tourism… Broome is fast becoming the destination of choice for industry and commerce and is the regional centre for government services and is a great place to live and raise a family.
The agreeable climate, friendly charm and casual way of life have attracted an exceptional tapestry of people and culture – from sea changers to backpackers, from families to retirees, artists to business icons; Broome’s community all recognise the value placed on freedom of a great lifestyle in a pristine and colourful environment that is also the transport hub and the southern gateway to one of the world’s great wilderness areas – the Kimberley.
From around Australia and the globe many families have come to Broome to capitalise on a better way of life, whilst many travellers were just passing through have never left.
Broome Senior High School, Broome Primary School, Cable Beach Primary School, Roebuck Primary School, Broome North Primary School make up the Broome public schools with St Mary’s College providing coeducational Kindergarten – Yr 12 Catholic Education schooling.
The Kimberley Training Institute is Broome’s local TAFE campus offering over 160 courses to choose from and flexible study options. KTI collaborates with industry on training projects and helps broker workforce development. The Broome Campus has world class facilities including Broome Maritime Simulation Centre, Broome Aquaculture Centre and Balu Buru Horticultural Centre.
The university of Notre Dame Australia’s Broome Campus is a unique university providing a supportive learning environment. A range of student support services are provided including the Academic Enabling and Support Centre. Notre Dame’s Broome Campus provides strong support for the process of reconciliation between Aboriginal and non- Aboriginal Australians.
There are a number of Child Day Care/ Pre School Centres in Broome located in Broome, Cable Beach and Djugun (Roebuck Estate.)
Broome is the transport hub for the Kimberley and is serviced by Broome International Airport with Qantas, Virgin and Air North having regular Scheduled passenger services between Perth, Kununurra and Darwin with additional services to the Pilbara, Melbourne and Sydney. Other services link with the regional towns of Derby, Fitzroy Crossing and Halls Creek.
Broome was the destination for a number of recent direct charter flights operated by Silk Air between Singapore and Broome and further discussions and negotiations are underway to introduce this as a regular RPT (regular passenger transport) service.
There is a highly competitive number of commercial road freight operators servicing the town and the two major supermarkets and logistics for the offshore oil and gas platforms operated by Shell (Prelude) and INPEX (Itcheys) on a daily basis.
Major helicopter transport services are operated by CHC and Bristow to transport personnel to both offshore platforms.
Cruise Shipping uses the Broome Port as a day or overnight destination seasonally on many of their South East Asian programs.
As one of Australia’s best known tourism destinations with visitors attracted by the near perfect weather conditions experienced between April and November, the magnificent stretches of white sand beaches exposed by up to 10 metre tides, the superb level of accommodation and other facilities such as the Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa and the many events that take place during the season. The Broome Turf Club Racing Calendar culminates in what is known as Race week that includes Ladies Day and the Broome Cup. Shinju Masturi (the festival of the pearl), Broome Fishing Clubs Sailfish (tag & release) Competition , Polo on the Beach and the Mango Festival are also major attractions for locals and visitors alike. See Broome Visitor Centre www.visitbroome.com.au for details and dates for markets and Stairway to the Moon.
The Browse basin is one of the world’s largest known resources for natural gas and is in very early stages of development. It will undoubtedly expand and develop further with changes to technology and the demand for cleaner energy driven by the “hardware“ required to allow the supply of renewable energy resources in the coming decades.
Broome will benefit from numerous opportunities to supply skilled personnel, maritime and aeronautical logistics. Very high quality mineral sands resources have been discovered and will be developed on the Dampier Peninsula north of Broome.
As the Kimberly becomes “smaller” with transport, exploration and technical developments and the increase in world population and demand for resources increases Broome will have a promising future.
The pastoral industry is also going through significant changes with the world demand for protein. As research and science provides improved methods for water utilisation and production of food further opportunities will add to Broome and the Kimberley’s significance as a food basket in close proximity to Asia.
It is considered that Broome, like the rest of Western Australia has passed the bottom of the latest economic cycle and all signs are predicting another growth phase. Be a part of it.
Suburbs and Localities
Broome, Cable Beach, Djugun, Minyirr, Billingurr, Roebuck, Morrell Park, 12 Mile, Skuthorpe, Cape Leveque, Lombadina.
Tourism, pearling, fishing, aquaculture, horticulture
Facts & Figures
Population approx. 17,250
Male approx. 8,673
Female approx. 8,578
Median Age approx. 32
Total Area 54,796 sq. kms.
Distance from Perth 2,200 kms.
Electors approx. 7,294
Dwellings approx. 7,040
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