New regional strategy tips growth for South West

Chloerissa EadieSouth Western Times
Bunbury Mayor Gary Brennan and Dardanup shire president Mick Bennett discuss the Bunbury Geographe Growth Plan Strategy at the launch last week.
Camera IconBunbury Mayor Gary Brennan and Dardanup shire president Mick Bennett discuss the Bunbury Geographe Growth Plan Strategy at the launch last week. Credit: Jon Gellweiler / South Western Times

After 12 months of research the Bunbury Geographe Growth Plan Strategy has been launched in an effort to provide long-term economic and social development in the region, according to Dardanup shire president Mick Bennett.

The two top priority projects, out of the 19 initiatives in the report, include the upgrade to Bunbury Port and the Myalup Water for Food project.

The initiatives hope to create 2500 jobs, $400 million in gross regional product and increase the population by 12,000 people by 2026 to make Bunbury Geographe an even better place to live, work and prosper, Cr Bennett said.

Harvey Shire president Tania Jackson, Steering Group memeber Ian Telfer and Dardanup Shire president Mick Bennet.
Camera IconHarvey Shire president Tania Jackson, Steering Group memeber Ian Telfer and Dardanup Shire president Mick Bennet. Credit: Jon Gellweiler / South Western Times

“Key stakeholders will continue to be engaged and develop specialised reference groups to work collaboratively towards successfully implementing stages of each initiative,” he said.

“By 2050 Bunbury Geographe will be a diversified, creative, vibrant and connected region, internationally recognised for its quality of life and environmental sustainability, a good place to do business.

“The Growth Plan is a live process presenting ongoing opportunities for the community, industry and government.”

Robyn Fenech and Dardanup Shire President Mick Bennet.
Camera IconRobyn Fenech and Dardanup Shire President Mick Bennet. Credit: Jon Gellweiler / South Western Times

Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said the plan was embedded in State planning policy, which reflected the region’s economic drivers and identified investment partnerships between government and industry.

“Regional centres contribute to this State’s regional growth and a collective approach that this region has to the economic drivers will make a difference,” he said.

Funding for the Bunbury Geographe Growth Plan was made possible through the Department of Regional Development’s initiative of the Regional Centres Development Plan.

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