About the Gascoyne region

The Gascoyne is located in Western Australia’s north-west  and is characterised by its diverse and remote landscapes – from spectacular coastal reefs to rugged outback ranges.

There are four local governments in the Gascoyne, covering an area of 135,277 square kilometres – Carnarvon, Exmouth, Shark Bay and Upper Gascoyne. The region has a population of about 10,000 people and is sparsely populated with the majority of residents living in Carnarvon and Exmouth. The main industries include tourism, mining (salt production), agriculture (horticulture and pastoralism) and fisheries. 

The geographic extent of the region is shown on this map:

Gascoyne Regional Planning and Infrastructure Framework

Finalised in 2015, the Gascoyne Regional Planning and Infrastructure Framework was prepared to provide an overall strategic regional context for land-use planning within the Gascoyne region. It identifies a number of priority initiatives required to facilitate comprehensive regional planning and guide local planning processes.


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 the designation of appropriate land uses, residential densities and development standards. 

Where they exist, local planning strategies and local planning schemes for the Gascoyne local government areas are accessible on the Local Planning Strategies, Schemes and Structure Plans page.

Aboriginal settlements

Layout plans are a type of plan prepared by the Department of Planning specifically for Aboriginal settlements in WA. A layout plan has been prepared for Burringurrah (Mt Augustus), the only Aboriginal settlement in the Gascoyne.

Central Regions Land Capacity Analysis

The Central Regions Land Capacity Analysis provides a broad overview of the land capacity of settlements in the Mid West, Gascoyne and Goldfields–Esperance regions with respect to forecast population growth. Based on the content of applicable local planning instruments, it examines existing and future land capacity in each local government.

Outputs from this project, which includes land-use mapping and associated analysis, are available for each local government area via the above link.

Page last reviewed 7 September 2020
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