Welcome to the Shire of Wickepin
The Shire of Wickepin was formed in 1909 as a service centre for broadacre grain and sheep farming in the area. The shire covers an area of 198,900 hectares and includes the towns of Wickepin, Yealering, Harrismith and Tincurrin with a combined population of approximately 720 people.
The community has strong sporting and social networks and is a safe and healthy place to live. The Wickepin area has been renowned for its sheep studs since CG Russell founded the Yarling Brook stud in the 1940's. In 2007 the Shire of Wickepin undertook a major extension of the existing Community Centre to enhance economic opportunities for the Shire and provide a state of the art facility for stud breeders to convene field days. The Wickepin Community Centre attracts hundreds of farmers each year to view and purchase rams and is also used frequently for sporting events and functions.
Wickepin is also home to the Facey Group, a prominent grower group in Western Australia that aims to improve the profitability and sustainability of broad-acre farming in the Upper Great Southern region of the state. The Facey Group provides the latest information and research to farmers and conducts agricultural trials and demonstrations. The group regularly conducts seminars and training to improve the skills and knowledge of farmers in the Wickepin area.