Hopetoun is a town on the south coast of Western Australia in the Shire of Ravensthorpe. Located on Mary Ann Haven, Hopetoun is some 590 kilometres (370 mi) south-east from capital city Perth and 160 kilometres (99 mi) west of Esperance.

Hopetoun was established in 1900 as a coastal town servicing the Phillips River Mining District, and named after the 7th Earl of Hopetoun and first Governor General of AustraliaJohn Hope.[2] The townsite was gazetted on 9 February 1901.[3]

It was a terminus of one of Western Australian Government Railways‘ isolated branch lines between Hopetoun and Ravensthorpe,[2][4] the line opened in 1909.[5]

The town became a shipping port for the mining industry, with a jetty built in 1901.[6] The railway closed in 1925 and the port closed in 1936, with the jetty remaining until its destruction in 1983.

Some of the town’s electricity is generated by a wind-diesel system. Hopetoun has two 600 kilowatt wind turbines and two low-load diesel generators.[7]

FQM Australia Nickel bought RNO in February 2010 from BHP Billiton. Nickel was first produced in October 2011 during commissioning, and first exports were shipped on 25 November 2011. Commercial production was achieved on 28 December 2011 and the plant continues to perform consistently at design throughput. RNO directly employs over 450 people and has a commitment to residential living for key staff in the Hopetoun–Ravensthorpe region.

There is a primary school, police station,and a local doctor based in the town who has a clinic in both Hopetoun & the nearby town of Ravensthorpe. Hopetoun also has a local Pub, Bakery, IGA Supermarket, 2 Cafes, a Gift/Souvenir shop, 2 Hairdressers, 2 Beauty Salons & a Hardware store. The current population at last count from 2011 Census was 1,398.

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