Hon John Day BSc BDSc MLA

Hon John Day BSc BDSc MLA

Former Minister for Health; Culture and the Arts

    Population to skyrocket in north-east of Perth

    1/05/2015 12:00 AM
    • Population in the north-east is expected to more than double by 2050
    • More than 60% of the total population accommodated in City of Swan
    • More jobs could be created in future industrial sites at Bullsbrook
    • Have your say on the Perth andPeel@3.5million draft plan for the north-east 

    Planning is under way to accommodate 450,500 people in Perth's north-east by 2050, more than doubling the current population.


    Planning Minister John Day said Perth and Peel@3.5million had identified enough land for urban and employment to meet the expected demand for homes and jobs in the sub-region. 


    The draft plan incorporates the City of Swan and the shires of Mundaring and Kalamunda.


    "More than 60 per cent of the total population in the north-east will be accommodated within the City of Swan," Mr Day said.


    "The majority of the future development will occur on land already zoned urban, including Caversham, Brabham, Dayton and Ellenbrook, as well as Gidgegannup, Stoneville and Parkerville.  Smaller areas at Bullsbrook, Midvale, Forrestfield, Stratton and Hazelmere have also been identified.


    "There will be a rounding-off of some proposed urban expansion areas including Kalamunda, Kiara, Wattle Grove, South Guildford and Henley Brook and an urban investigation area identified at Lexia, west of Ellenbrook."


    The number of jobs within the north-east could jump to almost 190,000 by 2050 due to strong new and existing industrial centres, robust transport infrastructure and proximity to major employment nodes such as Perth Airport.


    "Key employment areas will include the well-established centre at Midland; an emerging centre at Ellenbrook; the industrial hubs at Malaga, Forrestfield and Hazelmere; and attractors such as the Swan Valley," the Minister said.


    "Proposed future industrial development at sites at Bullsbrook will also generate employment."


    He said road and rail infrastructure would play a key role in the sub-region's economic future. 


    "As well as important regional east-west link roads, five new potential primary routes are proposed including the Perth-Darwin National Highway, the Perth-Adelaide National Highway and the East Wanneroo bypass," Mr Day said.


    "Public transport infrastructure and services are also being investigated.  It is crucial that provision of this infrastructure is aligned with projected population growth and urban development to ensure the future economic wellbeing of the sub-region."


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