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Perth and Peel Green Growth Plan for 3.5 million

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6 April 2018 Update

  • The State Government has decided to suspend work on the Strategic Assessment of the Perth and Peel Regions (SAPPR) until a critical review of the ongoing costs, risks and benefits for Western Australia is completed and can be considered by government.
  • A lot of important and complex work has been completed as part of the SAPPR process and some outcomes have been delivered – including helping inform the sub-regional planning frameworks which were recently endorsed by the State Government.
  • However the project presents many policy, legal and financial challenges which have been proving difficult to resolve, amongst the competing priorities of the government. As a result a re-evaluation of the project is the responsible step forward.
  • In the coming months, an independent review will consult across governments, and with industry, local governments and non-government organisations.
  • SAPPR sought to secure up front environmental approval for future development and raw materials extraction for an identified development footprint for a 30-year period.
  • It represents the largest and most complex land use reconciliation work, attempting to balance certainty for development and long term environmental protection.
  • Further updates will be provided through this website as they are available.

The Perth and Peel regions are projected to grow to 3.5 million people by 2050 – an increase of almost 70 per cent on our current population. Supporting this growth and delivering an efficient and liveable city while protecting our unique natural environment is a significant challenge.

The State Government has prepared the draft Perth and Peel Green Growth Plan for 3.5 million (Green Growth Plan) to meet this challenge. 

In this context the draft Green Growth Plan delivers two critical outcomes:

  • Cutting red tape by securing upfront Commonwealth environmental approvals and streamlining State environmental approvals for the development required to support growth to 3.5 million people; and

  • Unprecedented protection of our bushland, rivers, wildlife and wetlands through implementation of a comprehensive plan to protect our environment.

The draft Green Growth Plan is a 21st century approach to integrating environmental protection and land use planning and is based on the largest urban-based environmental assessment ever undertaken in Australia. It has allowed the cumulative environmental impacts of growth to 3.5 million people to be considered and minimised at an early stage and will deliver a long term and comprehensive program of conservation actions at a landscape scale.

Improving certainty is at the core of the draft Green Growth Plan. It will provide certainty in relation to the environmental outcomes that will be delivered, the areas where developed can be contemplated and the environmental obligations that will apply in terms of avoidance, mitigation and conservation actions.

The Green Growth Plan will secure approval under Part 10 of the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) and deliver streamlined approvals processes under the Western Australian Environmental Protection Act 1986 (EP Act) for the following development actions or 'classes of action':

  • Urban and industrial development;
  • Rural residential development;
  • Infrastructure development;
  • Basic raw materials extraction; and
  • Harvesting of pine plantations.

The Green Growth Plan is a whole of government initiative and has been developed in collaboration with the Western Australian Planning Commission's (WAPC) draft Perth & Peel @3.5million sub-regional planning frameworks.

The Green Growth Plan delivers a comprehensive environmental program for the protection of both Commonwealth matters of national environmental significance and State environmental values. This includes:

  • 170,000 ha of new and expanded  conservation reserves in Perth and Peel regions and immediate surrounds, including improved protection and management of Bush Forever sites and establishment of Peel Regional Park;

  • implementation of critical steps to cut nutrient run-off into the Swan Canning and Peel Harvey estuaries and ensure the health of these systems over the long-term; and

  • Implementation of a program of on-ground management to improve protection and management of threatened species, wetlands of international significance and threatened ecological communities.


Draft Perth and Peel Green Growth Plan for 3.5 million documents

At the centre of the Green Growth Plan is the Strategic Conservation Plan, which sets out the conservation and environmental outcomes and objectives that will be achieved over its 30 year lifespan.

These outcomes and objectives will be delivered through the implementation of:

  • The avoidance, mitigation and rehabilitation requirements that will be implemented though the processes set out in Action Plans A to E; and

  • The Conservation Framework, which includes the specific conservation and environmental commitments set out in Action Plans F and G and the Conservation Program set out in the Strategic Conservation Plan and Action Plan H.

The suite of draft Green Growth Plan documents provide a comprehensive approach to the avoidance and mitigation of environmental impacts and a committed Conservation Program that will deliver significant improvements to the protection and management of the environment as the Perth and Peel regions grow to 3.5 million people.