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    09002: EnviroPlanning

    Residential development amid natural resources. Courtesy Danielle Matthews, Department of Planning
    Residential development amid natural resources. Courtesy Danielle Matthews, Department of Planning

    Land-use planning is recognised as a powerful tool for achieving Natural resource management (NRM) outcomes, and particularly for:

    • identifying and protecting natural resources from incompatible land uses
    • locating development away from sensitive environments
    • requiring sustainable use and management of natural areas.

    EnviroPlanning is a statewide project aimed at improving the integration of NRM into land-use planning. 

    It supports the protection of biodiversity and sustainable use of agricultural land, basic raw materials and water resources by assisting state and local governments to improve strategic and statutory land-use planning.

    In 2009 EnviroPlanning released a directions paper on the integration of NRM into the land-use planning system.

    This project, funded under the State NRM Program, implemented high-priority recommendations under the directions paper, including input into the:

    • Wheatbelt Land Use Planning Strategy
    • Southern Metropolitan and Peel Structure Plan
    • East Wanneroo Structure Plan
    • Greater Bunbury Regional Strategy (draft).
    Investment: $ 447 451
    In-kind contribution: $ 135 000
    Delivery organisation: Department of Planning
    Project duration: July 2009 - October 2010
    Location: Statewide

    Major project achievements

    • Joint approach established to address NRM matters through land-use planning between the Environmental Protection Authority and the Western Australian Planning Commission.
    • Assisted in the integration of NRM into the strategies and structure plans outlined above.
    • Practical NRM land-use planning toolbox developed as a guide to local governments for: catchment management; flood plain management; landscape protection; biodiversity conservation.
    • Technical support provided to the shires of Chittering, Mundaring, Murray, City of Geraldton-Greenough and the South East Avon Voluntary Regional Organisation of Councils to assist the integration of NRM into land-use planning processes.
    • Development of regional and local NRM land-use planning projects, the Perth Biodiversity Project, and NRM plans for the Kimberley, Pilbara, Gascoyne and Mid West regions.

    Project partners

    Department of Environment and Conservation; Office of the Environmental Protection Authority; Western Australian Local Government Association; Mid West Region Planning Committee; local governments; Department of Environment and Conservation; and Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia

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