Hon Donna Faragher MEd (Hons) BA (Hons) GradDipEd JP MLC

Hon Donna Faragher MEd (Hons) BA (Hons) GradDipEd JP MLC

Former Minister for Planning; Disability Services

    20,000 new homes in Greater Bunbury expansion

    15/04/2016 10:00 AM
    • Innovative South-West urban centre to accommodate 50,000 people
    • Sustainable economic and high-density residential opportunities 

    Greater Bunbury's newest urban expansion area will create vast economic and residential opportunities in one of the State's fastest growing regions.


    Planning Minister Donna Faragher said the draft Wanju District Structure Plan, released for public comment today by the Department of Planning, would pave the way for one of the most significant urban developments in the South-West in future decades.


    "Wanju will provide an innovative change for Greater Bunbury through a sustainable mixed-use, high-density urban centre with a strong sense of place," Mrs 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 will 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.


    "To build a significant regional centre from the ground up is an incredible opportunity," she said.


    "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."


    Fact File

    • Wanju means 'welcome' in the local Noongar language
    • The Department of Planning and the WA Planning Commission worked with the Shire of Dardanup on the draft plan
    • Public submissions close Wednesday, July 13, 2016
    • For more information, visit http://www.planning.wa.gov.au/wanju  

    Minister's office - 6552 5300