Abstract: The recent review of Western Australian’s State Planning Strategy sought to refocus, rebuild and reactivate the State’s regional planning capabilities. The strategy is based on six fundamental planning principles to qualify and guide the government’s planning policies, decisions and priorities (WAPC, 2012). In support of this the Western Australia Planning Commission has, over the past 3 years, established Regional Planning Committees across Western Australia. These committees have a diverse membership including representation from State and local government, industry, Aboriginal groups and the community. The first task of these committees was the preparation of Planning and Infrastructure Frameworks for each of WA’s regions. These framework documents are a response to concerns expressed by regional communities, industry and government (at all levels) about the need for a stronger decision-making context across the regions, particularly the need for greater coordination of economic activity, infrastructure provision and land use. The frameworks investigate ways to encourage and facilitate population growth and economic development across WA regions over the next 25 years by capitalising on regional comparative advantages with a focus on identifying and facilitating opportunities for economic diversification. It is recognised that this growth will need to be managed to reduce impacts on the region’s natural resources and environment while also respecting the connection to country by Traditional Owners and the rights and interests afforded under the Native Title Act 1993. It is intended that the actions identified in each of the frameworks will be reflected in the preparation of local planning strategies and local planning schemes across the state. These documents will also inform government on infrastructure priorities, which will provide direction to the private sector to ensure it has confidence to invest in the region.
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