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February 2019 Update

In April 2018 the State Government appointed an Independent four-member panel to undertake a review of the Strategic Assessment of the Perth and Peel Regions (SAPPR) in consultation across governments, and with industry, local governments and non-government organisations.

The WA Government has considered the Report which identified three critical ‘gateway issues’ – legal risk, flexibility and funding. The State Government has extended the review in order to undertake further work on the gateway issues.

The Independent Panel is expected to provide a supplementary report to Government mid-2019.

The Review will continue to report directly to the Deputy Premier, Hon. Roger Cook MLA.

Once the issues have been addressed the State Government will make an informed decision on whether to proceed with a Strategic Assessment of the Perth and Peel Regions.

The independent panel is chaired by Darren Cooper and is comprised of three other members.

  • Mr Darren Cooper is the current National President of the Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA) and has considerable governance and leadership experience as a Chair, Deputy Chair and member of a number of boards in the public, private, industry and not-for-profit sectors.
  • Ms Robyn Glindemann, an expert in planning and environmental law, is currently Director at Lantegy Legal and previously President of the National Environmental Law Association;
  • Mr Ross Holt, an economist and a career public servant, previously served as Assistant Under Treasurer and former CEO of the WA Land Authority (LandCorp). Mr Holt has extensive experience in economics and across residential, commercial, regional and industrial land development; and
  • Professor Michael Poole, who previously served as the inaugural Chair of the WA Biodiversity Science Institute, has a strong history in agriculture and environmental science and has been awarded a Member (AM) in the General Division for service to environmental science as a leader, researcher and adviser to government.

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For all other enquiries, please or call 6552 5000.

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.


Acknowledgement of Country

The Government of Western Australia acknowledges the traditional custodians throughout Western Australia and their continuing connection to the land, waters and community. We pay our respects to all members of the Aboriginal communities and their cultures; and to Elders both past and present.