1304.5 - Stats Talk WA, Mar 2010  
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 30/03/2010   
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Sizzling Statistics

Grape Expectations
While 420 hectares of vines were removed from WA vineyards in 2008-09, there were still 615 hectares of vines yet to begin bearing. The total production for winemaking was just under 63,000 tonnes, with white wine grapes accounting for about 1.25 times more than red wine grapes. Cheers. (cat. no. 1329.0)

A Lot Of Weet Bix
In January 2010 there were 6,621,000 tonnes of wheat stored by bulk grain handlers in WA, almost 40% of the national total of wheat grain stored. SA and NSW hold the next highest grain stocks, both about 60% of WA’s total. All this should make for a lot of happy Aussie kids. (cat. no. 7122.0.55.001)

Nobody At The Inn
The seasonally adjusted room occupancy rate for tourist accommodation in WA in the September quarter 2009 was 63.9%, the lowest recorded rate since the current series began in March quarter 2006. Takings for the quarter were just over $205 million. (cat. no. 8635.0.55.001)

Shovel Ready
In December 2009 there was construction work to the value of $8.6 billion “in the pipeline” in Western Australia. Of this, approximately 45% was residential building and 55% non-residential building. This is a big increase on 5 years ago, when such work was valued at around $3 billion. (cat. no. 8755.0)

Go West Young Man, And Woman
November 2009 Average Weekly Earnings data shows both WA men and women earning more than the Australian average. For full-time adult total earnings WA blokes took home $1,539 a week, 12% above the national average and WA females $1,117, or 2% higher. (cat. no. 6302.0)