Regional issues and opportunities for the Gascoyne and Mid-West regions have been examined in two reports released today.
Planning Minister John Day said the Regional Planning and Infrastructure Frameworks for the Gascoyne and the Mid-West aimed to bring a co-ordinated, whole-of-government approach to planning decisions in the regions for the first time.
The frameworks are the latest in a series designed to guide future development in regional Western Australia, building on each region’s particular characteristics and opportunities. Each framework examines issues including the economy, employment, transport and infrastructure, natural resources and cultural heritage.
Mr Day said informed planning decisions would contribute to sustained regional development and growth in both regions.
“The Mid-West comprises 17 local governments and the subregions of the Batavia Coast, the North Midlands and Murchison regions,” he said.
“For this region to capitalise on its natural resources and build on its diverse economy, regional planning decisions need to be co-ordinated.”
The Gascoyne is one of the State’s most diverse and spectacular regions, and included two world heritage places, Shark Bay and Ningaloo.
“This area is an important food production source through its thriving horticultural industry, its significant fishing and pastoral industries and has substantial potential for additional tourism,” the Minister said.
“Positioned between the thriving North-West and the Perth metropolitan area, the Gascoyne has a comparative advantage in developing its economic potential.”