Pickering Brook and Surrounds Sustainability and Tourism Strategy

A State Government initiative to undertake a sustainability assessment of the Pickering Brook Townsite and promote sustainable tourism growth within the Perth Hills.

About the Strategy

The Pickering Brook and Surrounds Sustainability and Tourism Strategy will provide strategic planning guidance for tourism-related growth within the Perth Hills.

Tourism development initiatives, including the potential growth of agritourism and the potential expansion of the Pickering Brook townsite will be investigated as part of developing the Strategy.

A Project Task Force and Project Working Group has been established, with representatives from the Western Australian Planning Commission (WAPC), relevant State government agencies, and the cities of Kalamunda and Armadale.

This project aims to:

  • investigate the planning and economic development-related opportunities, constraints and options to revitalise the Pickering Brook townsite and surrounding area
  • provide face-to-face opportunities for landowners and the community to have their say about proposals and options
  • prepare a strategy that balances the aspirations of local government, landowners and community stakeholders, with State agency requirements, infrastructure capacity, bushfire risks, the environment and the needs of agricultural production
  • consider any implications for high-quality agricultural land
  • provide direction for future local planning
  • carry out necessary examinations for the Pickering Brook Planning Investigation Area, identified in the Perth and Peel@3.5million North-East Sub-regional Planning Framework
  • develop strategic recommendations for WAPC consideration.

Study area

Pickering Brook Planning Investigation Area

The WAPC’s Perth and Peel@3.5million plans for a population of 3.5 million by 2050. The North-East Sub-regional Planning Framework identified several sites as Planning Investigation Areas (PIAs), including 90ha of land adjacent to the existing Pickering Brook townsite. 

The Pickering Brook Sustainability and Tourism Strategy will investigate the key considerations for the Pickering Brook PIA and assess whether any change in land use is appropriate.

Key considerations include:

  • identification and protection, where appropriate, of priority agricultural land
  • impacts on public drinking water resources (Middle Helena Catchment – Priority Area 2)
  • bushfire risk
  • availability of reticulated water and wastewater infrastructure.

The Surrounds

The Surrounds comprise a significant portion in the Perth Hills between Paulls Valley in the north and Roleystone in the south, within the cities of Kalamunda and Armadale. The Pickering Brook and Surrounds Sustainability and Tourism Strategy will provide planning guidance on potential tourism uses, identify opportunities for new and existing agritourism, and facilitate the sustainable growth of tourism activity in the area. 

The following localities are either wholly or partially within the study area:

  • Bickley
  • Canning Mills
  • Carmel
  • Hacketts Gulley
  • Karragullen
  • Paulls Valley
  • Pickering Brook
  • Piesse Brook
  • Roleystone
  • Walliston

Project taskforce

The Project Taskforce members are:

Hon. Rita Saffioti MLA
Minister for Transport; Planning

Hon. Alannah MacTiernan MLC
Minister for Regional Development; Agriculture and Food; Ports
Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development, Jobs and Trade

Hon. Paul Papalia MLA
Minister for Tourism; Racing and Gaming; Small Business; Defence Issues; Citizenship and Multicultural Interests

David Caddy
Chairman, Western Australian Planning Commission

Project Working Group

The Project Working Group is chaired by Matthew Hughes MLA, Member for Kalamunda, with representatives from:

  • Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage
  • Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation
  • Department of Fire and Emergency Services
  • Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development
  • Department of Water and Environmental Regulation
  • City of Kalamunda
  • City of Armadale


The study area is a unique place with strong local communities, so canvassing local views is an important part of this process. To ensure the strategy considers issues and aspirations of the local community, we are providing landowners and community stakeholders with opportunities to provide input at different stages of the Strategy’s preparation.

Phase one

Face-to-face meetings

Project Working Group Members are available by appointment for 15-minute face-to-face meetings, at the Pickering Brook Sports Club on the following dates and times:

  • Friday, 6 September 2019 - 9am – 5pm
  • Saturday, 7 September 2019 - 9am – 1pm
  • Monday, 9 September 2019 - 9am – 5pm.

To book a face-to-face meeting, please contact the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage on 6551 8002 or at pickeringbrook@dplh.wa.gov.au. Bookings are essential and close Thursday, 5 September 2019.

Online survey

The Project Taskforce and Working Group want to ensure that everyone has an opportunity to provide their views. If you are unable to attend a face-to-face meeting, you can have your say by completing a short online questionnaire.

Survey closes Monday, 16 September 2019.

online feedback

Phase two

Public advertising and feedback

A draft strategy, informed by investigation findings, community consultation and advice from Working Group Members will be released for comment before the strategy is finalised and provided to Government for consideration.



Contact us

For more information or assistance with a query, please contact the project team by emailing pickeringbrook@dplh.wa.gov.au or by phoning the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage on 6551 8002.

Page last reviewed 23 August 2019
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