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 regional planning and infrastructure framework

Finalised in 2015, the Mid West regional planning and infrastructure framework was prepared for the Western Australian Planning Commission by the Department of Planning to provide an overall strategic regional context for land-use planning within the Mid West region; and to identify a number of priority initiatives required to facilitate comprehensive regional planning in order to guide sub-regional and 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 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. 

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 include land-use mapping and associated analysis, are available for each local government area via the above link.

Page last reviewed 24 November 2018
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