Development Application – Private Recreation Facility (Motorsport), Keysbrook

732 Punrak Road, Keysbrook and 146 Wigg Road, Hopeland, Shire of Serpentine-Jarrahdale – value $35m
Artist impression of Keysbrook Private Recreation Facility

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The development application proposes a motorsport facility with car and motorbike racing circuit, go-kart racing circuit, club room and main pit buildings, car storage building, racing control and medical building, helicopter landing area and associated parking and drainage infrastructure.

Application status

Application status - Under assessment

Application Details

Public comment has closed and this development application is currently under assessment. Feedback from the community, key stakeholders, local government and State agencies is being considered in order to inform a recommendation for the Western Australian Planning Commission (WAPC).

A WAPC meeting to determine the application will be scheduled when the assessment is complete and all registered parties will be informed of the meeting date. Agenda papers will be published on this website a minimum of five days before the meeting.

FAQ/Additional information

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Why is the WAPC the determining authority for this application?

The application has been lodged under Part 17 of the Planning and Development Act 2005 (PD Act), which has established the Western Australian Planning Commission (WAPC) as the decision-making authority for significant development applications to support the State’s economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Find out more about the pathway on the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage website.

How will the application be assessed?

The development application will undergo a transparent and rigorous assessment by the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage (DPLH), including design review, extensive public consultation and referrals to relevant stakeholders including the Shire of Serpentine-Jarrahdale, the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions, the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation and the Department of Fire and Emergency Services.

This assessment will focus on matters such as design quality, environmental and noise impacts, bushfire management, drainage and servicing, parking and traffic impacts and vegetation and landscaping.

Read more about consultation in the Part 17 significant development pathway FAQs.

How does a review by the Environmental Protection Authority impact the development assessment process?

Proposals likely to have a significant effect on the environment, referred to as “significant proposals”, are referred to the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) for environmental impact assessment. Once the EPA has received a valid referral, it invites public comments on whether or not it should assess the proposal and, if so, the level of assessment.

View the EPA assessment process.

Assessment of an application for significant development can continue while a review is undertaken by the EPA, including consultation with the public and relevant State and local government stakeholders.

However, the Western Australian Planning Commission is unable to make a decision on the application that would allow the proposal to proceed until the EPA has completed its assessment and the Minister for Environment has made a decision about whether the proposal may be implemented. The Commission is unable to make a decision that would be contrary to any Ministerial Statement issued in accordance with the Environmental Protection Act 1986.

What is the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) review process?

In April 2020, the EPA determined to assess the proposal at the level of Public Environmental Review. The EPA prepared an Environmental Scoping Document to provide the proponent instructions on relevant information required for their Environmental Review Document (ERD). The preliminary environmental factors for the proposal are Social Surroundings (e.g. noise) and Inland waters. Other environmental factors considered include impacts comprising Flora and Vegetation, Terrestrial Fauna and Greenhouse Gas Emissions.

Once the EPA has approved the proponent’s ERD, it will be published on the EPA website for public comment for a two-week period.

An Environmental Assessment Report (EAR) document which provides an overview of the proposal’s potential impacts and proposed mitigation and management measures has been provided as part of the proponent’s development application which is available on this page during the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage’s public advertising period (18 August–16 September 2022).

Once these and further Environmental Impact Assessment steps are complete, the EPA will then begin drafting its assessment report to the Minister for Environment, which will include recommendations about whether or not the proposal should be implemented, and if so, any implementation conditions. The EPA’s report is subject to appeal. In accordance with the Environmental Protection Act 1986, the Minister for Environment will ultimately determine whether the proposal should be implemented, and if so, any conditions that should apply.

More information can be found on the EPA web page, Keysbrook Motorsport Facility | EPA Western Australia 

If I make a submission on the development application, will my comments be shared with the EPA?

No, submissions to the WAPC will not be provided to the EPA.

The development application assessment and PER are independent processes under separate legislation, so individual submissions need to be made to the WAPC and EPA on the material that is being advertised by each agency for public comment.

How do I make a submission if I cannot do so using the Department’s online Consultation Hub platform?

The Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage strongly encourages interested parties to lodge a submission through the Consultation Hub to ensure it is received and properly recorded. You do not have to create an account to make an online submission, you can add attachments and your submission is confidential. If you have digital access issues that prevent you from doing so, please contact the Department on 6551 9450 for assistance. You can also email your submission to SDAUconsultation@dplh.wa.gov.au or post your written submission to:

Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage,
State Development Assessment Unit,
Locked Bag 2506, Perth WA 6001.

When will this application be determined?

There are no timeframes under the temporary significant development assessment pathway for the WAPC to determine an application.

Once a meeting date is confirmed, everyone who made a submission will be advised and can attend the meeting in person or virtually via Zoom and also can apply to be considered to make a presentation to the WAPC.

Page reviewed 17 September 2022