Bunbury-Geographe sub-regional planning strategy

The Bunbury-Geographe Sub-regional Strategy is the overarching planning document that guides the future planning and development of land within the region.
Last updated: 20 January 2022

The strategy covers the following local government areas:

  • City of Bunbury
  • Shire of Dardanup
  • Shire of Capel
  • Shire of Harvey
  • Shire of Collie
  • Shire of Donnybrook-Balingup

The Strategy identifies the Bunbury Metropolitan Area as the contiguous built-up area that extends across the City of Bunbury and into neighbouring localities in the Shires of Capel, Dardanup and Harvey. The Bunbury Metropolitan Area is promoted as Western Australia’s second city and as the focus of major population and employment growth in the sub-region. 

The Strategy also supports investment to help Collie transition towards a more sustainable economy, as well as the growth of the hinterland settlements throughout the sub-region. 

With a time horizon to 2050, the Strategy plans for a step change in the magnitude of the sub-region’s population and economy, in a manner that leverages the sub-region’s strengths and maintains its uniqueness.