WEST Australian Planning Minister John Day last week released the Goldfields-Esperance Regional Planning and Infrastructure Framework, which aims to guide future development in the region.
Mr Day said the framework brought a coordinated, whole-of-government approach to planning decisions in the region for the first time.
"The Goldfields-Esperance is a large and diverse region with a relatively stable population that is projected to reach 66,390 by 2026," he said.
"This document maps the social and economic potential of the area while building on its unique historical and natural characteristics.
"It will guide future land use planning decisions to ensure a co-ordinated approach to key issues such as economy and employment, transport and infrastructure, and natural resources and cultural heritage."
The Minister said it was important to maintain the region's strong resources focus in the future while increasing economic diversity through agriculture and tourism.
"The Goldfields-Esperance region drove much of the State's early prosperity and will remain an important contributor to our total economic output," he said.
"The framework identifies opportunities to further develop the region's economic strengths as well as investigate other areas including the region's potential to become the gateway to the Eastern States by taking advantage of its location and expanding its role in transport and logistics."
Mr Day said integrating planning decisions promoted an agreed way forward with the region's key stakeholders including local communities.