GREATER Bunbury's newest urban expansion area will create vast economic and residential opportunities in one of the State's fastest growing regions, according to WA Planning Minister Donna Faragher who last week released the draft Wanju District Structure Plan for public comment.
"Wanju will provide an innovative change for Greater Bunbury through a sustainable mixed-use, high-density urban centre with a strong sense of place," Ms Faragher said.
"As a major centre, Wanju will support diverse economic and lifestyle options for the South-West's growing population. It will be home to 50,000 people in 20,000 residences.
"There will be public access to the Collie River and Millars Creek foreshores, large areas of open space, landscaped wetlands and extensive opportunities to walk, cycle and use public transport."
Wanju is located in the Shire of Dardanup, 12 kilometres from the Bunbury CBD, east of Eaton.
Development of the 1,245 hectare site was identified as a priority in the Western Australian Planning Commission's South West Regional Planning and Infrastructure Framework (2015), and the Greater Bunbury Strategy (2013).
The draft District Structure Plan will guide the development of Wanju. Together with plans for the nearby Waterloo Industrial Park and ongoing development within existing urban areas of Bunbury, it is expected to be a key driver for the area's growth and success.
The Minister said local involvement was critical to the project and the community had helped the Shire of Dardanup, which worked collaboratively with the Department of Planning, choose the names Wanju and Waterloo.
"The draft plan is an important stage in the planning process and I encourage everyone to have a say on the future of this key regional urban centre," Ms Faragher said.
More information is available from the Department of Planning website at <http://www.planning.wa.gov.au/publications/8346.asp>. The public comment period closes on 13 July 2016.