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Badgebup
Western Australia
Population 146 (2006 census)
Established 1923
Postcode(s) 6317
Elevation 306 m (1,004 ft)
Location
LGA(s) Shire of Katanning
State electorate(s) Wagin
Federal Division(s) O'Connor

Badgebup is a small community in the Great Southern region of Western Australia. The town is located between the towns of Katanning and Nyabing. The Badgebup Reserve, north of the town, forms part of the Kwobrup-Badgebup Important Bird Area.

Name

The name originates from the nearby Badgebup Well. Badgebup is an Aboriginal word which is thought to mean either "place of the wild rushes" or "broad green leaves on a plant round soak". It was initially suggested that the area would be named "Badjebupp" after the name of the station on the Katanning to Nyabing railway line. The town was gazetted as Badjebup in 1923 then changed to Nalabup, and back to Badjebup in the same year then finally to Badgebup in 1972.

History

A bushfire swept through the area in 2004 destroying crops, sheds and homes in 2004. Volunteer firefighters eventually contained the blaze but not before two homes and three sheds, one containing several vintage cars were lost.

The main industry in town is wheat farming with the town being a Cooperative Bulk Handling receival site.

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