Revised plans to help drive residential growth and set the foundation for job growth in the South-West have been re-released for public comment.
The draft Wanju and Waterloo Industrial Park district structure plans, originally released in 2016 and 2017, have been revised based on stakeholder feedback.
The Bunbury Outer Ring Road – a bypass to reduce congestion, improve safety, and provide an efficient freight route – has now been realigned in both plans.
Additional background work has also been carried out to help inform the revised plans including a landscape vision plan, water servicing report, revised staging plan, agri-food planning analysis and a strategic bushfire hazard level assessment.
Wanju is expected to be one of the most significant urban developments in the South-West in recent times, with 20,000 new homes to accommodate 50,000 people.
The proposed Waterloo Industrial Park will deliver land for commercial, light and general industrial uses, and has been identified as a suitable agri-food processing precinct. Its close proximity and accessibility to Wanju, Bunbury Port and the wider South-West region is expected to help create thousands of local jobs opportunities.
The Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage, on behalf of the Western Australian Planning Commission, has developed both plans in partnership with the Shire of Dardanup.
For more information and to comment visit https://www.dplh.wa.gov.au/information-and-services/district-and-regional-planning/district-and-sub-regional-structure-plans
As stated by Planning Minister Rita Saffioti:
“The South-West is one of our fastest growing regions and it is important that we prepare for enough residential, industrial and commercial land to be available into the future.
“The Wanju and Waterloo Industrial Park district structure plans will help shape the future of the region but it is important that we take our time to get it right.
“I look forward to seeing these transport and planning initiatives leverage business and job growth opportunities in the South-West, and ask that residents and businesses take a look and have their say.”
As stated by Collie-Preston MLA Mick Murray:
“These plans, in conjunction with the Bunbury Outer Ring Road, create huge opportunities for employment in the South-West.
“Once developed these areas could support around 4,000 jobs close to good transport links and the Bunbury Port.
“I encourage businesses and locals alike to review the revised plans and have their say.”