CMCA WestCoast Rally
Boddington is located 130 kilometers south-east of Perth on the Hotham River. Established in 1912, it is named after Henry Boddington, a shepherd who grazed his sheep on the banks of the river in the late 1800s. The region has a rich Aboriginal history as part of the Wiilman language group [a division of Noongar].
European settlers arrived in the early 1860s. The Shire has an area of 1920 square kilometers, around half of which is State Forest. The Shire is home to a variety of agricultural industries including sheep, cattle, cereal crops, timber, viticulture and orchards. Today, the town has a population of over 2000 people.
Two mines are located within the Shire; Newmont’s Boddington Gold Mine - Australia’s most productive and BHP's Worsley Bauxite Mine. BHP’s mining operations commenced in the late 1970s and the gold-mine reopened in 2006.