Regional Sustainability Planning in the Perth and Peel Regions

 Nerida Sloane

Peel Yalgorup System - Ramsar Site No 36 - Photo: Nerida Sloane

In 2011, the Australian and Western Australian governments agreed to deliver a strategic assessment of future development in the Perth and Peel regions of Western Australia. On 14 November 2012, the Australian Government Environment Minister approved funding under the Sustainable Regional Development program to support regional sustainability planning and delivery of the Perth and Peel strategic assessment.

Sustainable Regional Development program

The Australian Government has invested $29.2 million into the Sustainable Regional Development program. This program aims to secure a sustainable future for Australia's high growth areas and is one of the measures under Sustainable Australia - Sustainable Communities: A Population Strategy for Australia.

About the Perth and Peel regions

The Perth and Peel regions are located in south-west Western Australia and include Perth metropolitan and surrounding urban areas, as well as coastal and hinterland areas south of Perth (Figure 1). The regions make up the fourth largest urban area in Australia and include the majority of Western Australia's population.

Perth and Peel Region map - click on map to enlarge image

Figure 1. Perth and Peel Regional Sustainability Planning and Strategic Assessment area - Click on map to enlarge image

The Perth and Peel regions are rich in biodiversity and contain important environmental assets, including a number of matters of national environmental significance protected under national environmental law. Some examples include habitat for the endangered Carnaby's Black-Cockatoo and the Peel-Yalgorup Ramsar wetland system - a wetland of international importance.

Peel Yalgorup System - Ramsar site No.36

The population in the Perth and Peel regions is expected to double to 3.5 million by 2050. To address this, the Western Australian Government has developed a range of strategies, including Directions 2031 and Beyond - Metropolitan planning beyond the horizon, to guide planning and delivery of housing, infrastructure and services into the future.

The key challenge facing these regions is how to respond to population and economic growth whilst managing impacts to the environment. This need has prompted the Western Australian and Australian governments to collaborate on a strategic assessment of these regions. Through providing funding for critical research, regional sustainability planning enables more effective decision making about protection of environmental assets and land use planning.

Research projects

The program has funded four research projects to inform regional sustainability planning and support the strategic assessment in the Perth and Peel regions. Projects include a study of Carnaby's Cockatoo habitat, a Carnaby's Cockatoo population viability study and research into the sustainable use of basic raw materials in urban development. The project reports and data are available below.

Carnaby's Black-Cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus latirostris)

Urban Monitor Project

Carnaby's Cockatoo

Built Form and Materials Options Paper

How to contact us

For more information, contact:

Regional Sustainability Planning
Department of the Environment
GPO Box 787
Canberra ACT 2601
Email: rsp@environment.gov.au