Mid West regional planning

The Mid West has a diverse economy, with significant sectors including agriculture, mining, tourism and fisheries.

The Mid West region is approximately one fifth of the land area of Western Australia (470,000km2) and contains a diversity of natural environments, cultural backgrounds and economic opportunities, making it an attractive place to live and work for about 58,000 people. 

The geographic extent of the region and its sub-regions is shown on this map:

Mid West region map (PDF 615 kb)

Local planning

Local governments are involved in planning for local communities by administering local planning strategies and schemes to ensure appropriate planning controls exist for land use and development. 

Local planning strategies establish the planning framework for each local government, and provide the strategic basis for local planning schemes. Local planning schemes contain planning controls such as designation of appropriate land uses, residential densities and development standards. 

Where they exist, local planning strategies and local planning schemes for Mid West local government areas are accessible via the embedded links.

Aboriginal settlements

There are a number of Aboriginal settlements in the Mid West, including Yulga Jinna, Pia Wadjarri and Barrel Well. Layout plans are a type of plan prepared by the Department of Planning specifically for Aboriginal settlements in WA. Layout plans have been prepared for a number of Aboriginal settlements in the Mid West.

Regional planning and infrastructure frameworks

Greater Geraldton Structure Plan 2011

The structure plan focuses on urban areas and areas likely to experience pressure for development within the City of Geraldton-Greenough and the Shire of Chapman Valley.

The Greater Geraldton Structure Plan 2011 is an update to the existing Greater Geraldton Structure Plan (1999), which forms Part 3 of the Geraldton Region Plan (1999) document.

The structure plan focuses on urban areas and areas likely to experience pressure for development within the City of Geraldton-Greenough and the Shire of Chapman Valley. It will be used in conjunction with the previous structure plan to guide amendments and reviews to the City of Geraldton-Greenough and Shire of Chapman Valley local planning strategies and schemes.

The Greater Geraldton Structure Plan 2011 reflects a number of land use changes that have occurred since the release of the previous structure plan in 1999. It also modifies and consolidates several land use categories from the previous structure plan and reflects the strategic intent of the relevant endorsed local planning strategies.

In September 2011, the plan has been updated to correct a mapping error.

Structure Plan

Mid-West Infrastructure Analysis

The Mid-West Infrastructure Analysis provides government with recommendations to address the critical infrastructure issues currently facing the region, and issues that are anticipated by industry and local communities.

The report examines and provides broad estimates for factors such as employment, population and social infrastructure, which may arise as a result of direct and indirect impacts of resource industry growth in the region.

Mid-West Infrastructure Analysis (PDF 6 MB)

The Mid West Regional Infrastructure Priorities Project 2010 workshop paper

The Mid West’s regional infrastructure requirements have been considered and prioritised through a process involving consultation with relevant State Government agencies and other regional stakeholders.

The need for this was identified through the preparation of the draft Mid West Regional Planning and Infrastructure Framework.
This paper outlines the proceedings and consolidates the outcomes of the Mid West Regional Infrastructure Priorities Workshop held on Wednesday 24 November 2010, in the Orelia Room at the Mercure Hotel, 10 Irwin Street, Perth.

The Mid West Regional Infrastructure Priorities Project 2010 workshop paper (PDF 850 kb)

Narngulu Industrial Area Strategic Land Use Directions

The City of Geraldton-Greenough has been experiencing rapid growth in recent years and pressures have been mounting from local industries seeking to develop land immediately adjoining the Narngulu industrial estate and the Geraldton airport.

The draft Narngulu Industrial Estate Future Land Use Directions document was released for comment in April 2009. Following consideration of submissions, this final document is now released.

It is intended to provide broad land use planning directions to enable land owners, government agencies and the City of Geraldton-Greenough to proceed with more detailed local planning to assist in the supply for industrial land and infrastructure requirements.

Narngulu Industrial Area Strategic Land Use Directions (PDF 7 MB)

Page reviewed 7 September 2021