A liveable environment

Ensuring a sustainable future by linking homes to transport, conserving land and reducing waste
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Western Australia has a diverse and rich environment — from the urban centre of Perth to our unique regions and extraordinary outback. A liveable city is one where people can easily connect where they live with where they work and play. A place where it is easy to access vital services and businesses without relying on a car. To sustain our natural environment for future generations our unique landscapes, wildlife and marine life must be protected. We need to better manage our waste and address the challenges of climate change. Creating and maintaining liveable environments supports quality of life for all Western Australians.


Build METRONET and increase homes close to public transport

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To better connect people to their work, their play and their communities we want to increase the number of homes located within 1 km of public transport.

What do we want to achieve?

By 2031, the number of homes in the Perth and Peel region in close proximity to a public transport node will increase by 45% over 2018 numbers.

  • The number of homes will be increased around existing transport as well as new METRONET infrastructure.
  • METRONET will deliver up to 18 new train stations and see the development of more than 5000 hectares of land in new station precincts. 
  • These new precincts offer opportunities for business and jobs to grow through improved connectivity.
  • This critical infrastructure means Western Australians will spend less time commuting and more time at home with family and friends

Interpreting the results

A major transport node is a key link to either passenger rail or a high frequency bus service. Homes that are located within 1km of a passenger rail station or within 500m of a bus stop are defined as ‘transit-oriented’. 

There are two key aspects to ensuring that the number of homes that are transit-oriented increases.  The first is increasing the amount of homes in areas where bus and train transport nodes already exist. This occurs through infill development, with medium to high density housing. 

The second aspect is the development of new METRONET infrastructure and associated development of medium to high density housing within the 1km catchment of the new public transport. 

Currently 332,000 homes in the metropolitan area can be described as transit-oriented.  By growing the number of transit-oriented homes by 45%, this target will see opportunity for almost 150,000 new homes to be created close to public transport.

The graph shows Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage data from 2014-15 to 2018-19 of homes within 1 km of a passenger rail station or within 500m of a bus stop.  The target is shown at 2031-32.

Current activities

This section provides a snapshot of some of the activities already underway to help achieve this target.

Election commitments

  • Cycling for the Future

Increase conservation for future generations

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Protecting our unique wildlife and landscapes is a value in itself and also supports Aboriginal cultural values, recreation, tourism, jobs and economic diversification.

What do we want to achieve?

By 2023-24, Western Australia's conservation estate will increase by 5 million hectares or 20%.

  • Western Australia is home to 2 internationally recognised and 8 of Australia’s 15 biodiversity hotspots — areas that have ecosystems with diverse plant and animal life species that are never or rarely found outside that area.
  • Expanding the conservation reserve by declaring national and marine parks in areas of high biodiversity will help protect our unique wildlife.
  • This will also support jobs and economic diversification, particularly in regional and remote areas.

Interpreting the results

Land under conservation is measured by the area of the conservation estate.
The conservation estate includes national parks, nature reserves, conservation parks, marine parks, marine nature reserves, marine management areas and section 5(1)(g) and section 5(1)(h) reserves under the Conservation and Land Management Act 1984.

The graph shows Landgate data of the number of hectares in Western Australia’s conservation estate from 2013-14 to 2018-19. The target is shown at 2023-24.

Current activities

  • Plan for our Parks – Securing five million hectares over five years, through consultation with Traditional Owners and other stakeholders to consider and develop proposals, boundaries and management approaches.

Election commitments

  • Plan for the Kimberley (Fitzroy River National Park; Buccaneer Archipelago Marine and National Parks)
  • Plan for Bunbury: Preston River to Ocean Regional Park
  • Plan for Collie: Expansion of Wellington National Park

Make a cleaner, more sustainable environment

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To address climate change and scarcity of resources we need to do better with what we have to protect our environment for future generations.

What do we want to achieve?

At least 75% of waste generated in Western Australia is reused or recycled by 2030.

  • Managing waste better makes environmental and economic sense – we can recover greater value from our resources if we effectively recycle.
  • The development of a vibrant waste industry and local recovery and recycling will deliver three times more jobs than just sending rubbish to landfill.
  • Western Australia can play its part in mitigating the impacts of a changing climate through a careful and considered transition of our economy.
  • We will develop a Western Australian Climate Change Policy to address the challenges of climate change with a roadmap for actions. 

Interpreting the results

The introduction of a Container Deposit Scheme will deliver a cleaner flow of recyclable materials that will significantly improve recycling rates. The Scheme will reduce litter and create jobs, including employment opportunities for social enterprises.

Achieving this target is not just about reuse and recycling. Avoiding waste will also be an important part of a cleaner, more sustainable environment. Banning single use plastic bags is assisting Western Australians to reduce their waste generation, with more action to come. By reducing the amount of waste that goes to landfill, we can improve our waste recovery rate.

Recognising the value in materials often considered waste makes it the smart economic decision to minimise waste generated from businesses and industry and find ways to increase recovery. Materials not used in one area can be reused in others – such as construction and demolition waste being crushed and used for road base. We will actively build markets for recycled material.

The graph shows the proportion of waste recycled or reused in Western Australia from 2008 in two year increments to 2018 which shows a figure of just over 50%. The target is shown at 2030. The data is from the Waste Authority of WA, Recycling Activity in Western Australia 2007-08 to 2016-17 reports.

Current activities

This section provides a snapshot of some of the activities already underway to help achieve this target.

  • Banned lightweight plastic bags from 1 July 2018.
  • Delivered the new State Waste Strategy in 2019.
  • Development of a State Climate Policy by 2020, adaption and mitigation activities.
  • Delivery of a Container Deposit Scheme by 2020.
  • State involvement in the Commonwealth Government’s Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF), particularly in regards to carbon farming opportunities for pastoralists. However, other opportunities under the ERF include in the sectors of waste, wastewater, agriculture, energy efficiency, facilities and transport. 
  • Other initiatives to address climate change related matters include:
    • established a council to drive opportunities for a 21st century renewable hydrogen industry in WA
    • support for Synergy’s new renewable projects at Warradarge and Greenough, innovative solar and battery projects in the Goldfields, and measures to revolutionise bulk battery storage
    • removing barriers to new renewable power generators connecting to Western Power electricity network
    • creating a Clean Energy Future Fund to support renewable energy projects
    • investigating options to accelerate the uptake of electric vehicles.


Election commitments

  • Deliver a Container Deposit Scheme in Western Australia in 2020.
  • Promote research and development of off-grid technologies, including new battery technologies.
  • Promote and facilitate local and overseas business investment into renewable energy technology manufacturing in WA.






Ningaloo Reef, Western Australia
News story - 26 February 2019
Plan to create 5 million hectares of new national parks, marine parks and other conservation reserves


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