Western Australia

WA Government releases draft strategy for Mid-West

THE West Australian Government this week released for public comment a draft framework to guide future regional planning and infrastructure development in the state's Mid-West.

Planning Minister John Day said the draft Mid West Regional Planning and Infrastructure Framework provided an approach to build on the characteristics and opportunities of one of the state's key economic and cultural regions.

"The release of this framework by the Government provides strategic policy direction and infrastructure co-ordination for an important region in Western Australia," Mr Day said.

Mr Day said the Mid-West's strategic location between the Perth metropolitan region and the resources centre of the North-West provides it with an "undeniable advantage."

He added that the framework will enable the Mid-West to continue to develop as a robust economy, while also responding to the increasing challenges posed by the economy and environment.

"The importance of the region to not only WA, and its indigenous people, but also the nation, will increase as it develops its potential as a place to live, work and invest," Mr Day said.

The government said the integration of regional planning and infrastructure decisions will help to maximise opportunities to attract private and public investment in the Mid-West.

More information is available from the PlanningWA website at <http://www.planning.wa.gov.au/6137.asp>.

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