Bindoon, Western Australia facts for kids
|Population||740 (2006 census)|
|Elevation||135 m (443 ft)|
|LGA(s)||Shire of Chittering|
Bindoon is a town 84 kilometres (52 mi) from Perth city on the Great Northern Highway within the Shire of Chittering. The name Bindoon is thought to be Aboriginal in origin and to mean "place where the yams grow". The name has been in use in the area since 1843 when an early settler, William Brockman, named the property he had surveyed as Bindoon. The townsite was gazetted in 1953.
The majority of training and selection for the Australian Special Air Service Regiment takes place at Bindoon. Some of the facilities include live-firing ranges and the Brigade Special Training Facilities (military operations in urban terrain, or MOUT).
Bindoon annually hosts the Bindoon and Districts Agricultural Show. The districts covered are Bindoon, Chittering, Gingin, Bullsbrook among others. The show features cattle, poultry, fruit and vegetable exhibition and competition, horses in action, floriculture, cookery, art, general crafts, needlecrafts, photography, amateur wine making and home brewing, home produce, children's exhibition and pet parades.
An annual Bindoon Rock Festival was held in the 1980s and 1990s.
A bushfire, started by lightning, started near the town in 2013 and burnt out over 2,000 hectares (4,942 acres) of farmland and bushland. The fire threatened homes and over 100 residents were evacuated to a centre in Muchea.
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