Zones, reservations and special control areas

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.


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.


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
Page last reviewed 23 November 2018
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