Greater Bunbury Region Scheme

The Greater Bunbury Region Scheme (GBRS) guides land use and provides the legal basis for planning in the Greater Bunbury region.

This region stretches from Lake Preston in the north, Peppermint Grove Beach in the south, eastwards to Darling Scarp, and covers the City of Bunbury and the shires of Harvey, Dardanup and Capel.

The GBRS defines the future of land use, dividing it into zones and reservations. Local governments are required to provide detailed plans for their part of the region consistent with the GBRS.

Zones, reservations and special control areas

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The GBRS divides land in the region into zones, reservations and special control areas that are shown on the scheme map.

Zones and reservations in the GBRS are broad categories. They are not precisely defined or limited. The following descriptions are a guide.

Zones

Urban: to provide for residential development and associated local employment, recreation and open space, shopping, schools and other community facilities.

Urban deferred: land suitable for future urban development. Various planning, servicing and environmental requirements need to be addressed before urban development can occur.

Regional centre: the Bunbury central business district where commercial, civic, cultural, residential, service and administration serving the region are located.

Industrial: this area provides for manufacturing industry, the storage and distribution of goods and associated uses.

Rural: for the sustainable use of land for agricultural purposes, to assist in the conservation and the wise use of natural resources including water, flora, fauna and minerals. These areas can also provide a distinctive rural landscape unique to the region and accommodate carefully planned rural living developments.

Reservations

Regional open space: to protect the natural environment, provide recreational opportunities and safeguard important landscapes to be enjoyed by the public.

Railway: to provide for the passage of trains, the marshalling, maintenance and storage of rolling stock, and the transport of the public and freight by rail.

State forests: to recognise state forests as an important part of the region.

Waterways: to recognise permanently inundated inland and coastal lands below the high water mark, and existing and proposed water canals.

Port installations: to provide for the current and future expansion needs of the Port of Bunbury.

Primary regional roads: to provide a regional road network to accommodate current and future transport needs on roads declared under the Main Roads Act 1930.

Other regional roads: to provide a regional road network to accommodate current and future transport needs on roads for which the planning responsibilities are shared between the WAPC and local government.

Public purposes: to provide for public purpose, such as airports, hospital, schools and public utilities.

Special control areas

Special control areas: to respond to issues such as the protection of public drinking water. Special scheme provisions apply to land within these areas. The GBRS has:

  • SCA No 1 – Water Catchments
  • SCA No 2 – Kemerton Industrial zone buffer area
  • SCA No 3 – Glen Iris service corridor buffer area
  • SCA No 4 – Wastewater Treatment Plant  Buffer area

Scheme text, policies, and maps

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Legislation, policies and other documents relating to the GBRS.

GBRS amendments

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An amendment to the GBRS changes the zoning or reservation of land to allow for a different land use.

Below are active and recently finalised GBRS Amendments.  Copies of archived GBRS amendments are available on request.

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How long does an GBRS amendment take?

In general, a major GBRS amendment usually takes 24 months to complete, depending on the environmental assessment process, the number of submissions and requests for hearings. The Western Australian Planning Commission (WAPC) will consider all submissions before making a recommendation to the Minister for Planning.

GBRS amendments for public comment

GBRS amendments in progress

GBRS amendments finalised

Archived GBRS amendments

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GBRS amendments made in the last two years can be viewed online. All archived amendments can be found below.

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Archived GBRS Minor Amendments

  • Greater Bunbury Region Scheme Amendment 0005/57 - Capel South
  • Greater Bunbury Region Scheme Amendment 0007/57 - Southern Seawater Desalination Plant
  • Greater Bunbury Region Scheme Amendment 0009/57 -  Rewording Regional Centre Zone Definition
  • Greater Bunbury Region Scheme Amendment 0014/57 - Part Lot 50 South Western Highway, Davenport
  • Greater Bunbury Region Scheme Amendment 0015/57 - Lot 120 Fryer Road, Harvey
  • Greater Bunbury Region Scheme Amendment 0016/57 - Omnibus No. 1 - Anomalies
  • Greater Bunbury Region Scheme Amendment 0017/57 - Lot 2009 Giorgi Road and Part Lot 2010 South Western Highway, Picton East
  • Greater Bunbury Region Scheme Amendment 0020/57 - Dalyellup Wastewater Treatment Plant Odour Buffer & Special Control Area No. 4
  • Greater Bunbury Region Scheme Amendment 0026/57 - Omnibus No. 2 - Anomalies Amendment - Notice of Approved Amendment
  • Greater Bunbury Region Scheme Amendment 0027/57 - Port Access Road, Bunbury Outer Ring Road (Stage 1) and South Western Highway - Picton Deviation
  • Greater Bunbury Region Scheme Amendment 0029/57 - Roelands Future Urban Expansion
  • Greater Bunbury Region Scheme Minor Amendment 0030/57 - Lot 9001 Waterloo Road, Roelands And Various Zoning Anomalies
  • Greater Bunbury Region Scheme Amendment 0031/57 - Lot 312 Jeffrey Road, Glen Iris
  • Greater Bunbury Region Scheme Amendment 0033/57 - Omnibus No. 3 - Anomalies - Report on Submissions
  • Greater Bunbury Region Scheme Amendment 0035/57 - Peel Region Scheme Amendment 038/57
  • Greater Bunbury Region Scheme Amendment 0038/57 - Western Power Omnibus No. 1 - Anomalies Amendment
  • Greater Bunbury Region Scheme Amendment 0039/57 - Bunbury Airport Expansion
  • Greater Bunbury Region Scheme Minor Amendment 0040/57 - Omnibus No. 4 - Anomalies Amendment
  • Greater Bunbury Region Scheme Amendment 0042/57 - Kemerton Strategic Industrial Area
  • Greater Bunbury Region Scheme Amendment 0050/57 - Lot 1 and Part Lot 9000 Boyanup-Picton Road, Picton East

Archived GBRS Major Amendments

  • Greater Bunbury Region Scheme Amendment 0008/41 - Areas Identified in the Dardanup Townsite Expansion Strategy
  • Greater Bunbury Region Scheme Amendment 0010/41, 0011/41 and 0012/41 - Bunbury Waterfront Project
  • Greater Bunbury Regional Scheme Amendment 0019/41 - Harvey Townsite Expansion
  • Greater Bunbury Region Scheme Amendment 0024/41 - Industrial Deferred Zone
Page reviewed 17 September 2021