Draft Wanju District Structure Plan

The Western Australian Planning Commission (WAPC) sought public comment on the revised draft Wanju District Structure Plan.

The Western Australian Planning Commission-endorsed Greater Bunbury Strategy 2013 identified an area east of the existing suburb of Eaton as the major greenfield urban expansion area for Greater Bunbury, and confirmed the location of Waterloo/Paradise as a major greenfield industrial expansion area.

A memorandum of understanding was signed in 2014 between the WAPC and the Shire of Dardanup to jointly progress planning for Wanju and Waterloo.

The initial draft Wanju District Structure Plan (DSP) was published for consultation in April 2016 and the initial draft Waterloo DSP in May 2017. Since these initial drafts were advertised, Main Roads WA has reconsidered the proposed alignment of the Bunbury Outer Ring Road (BORR).

The shift in the proposed BORR northern section alignment has implications to some of the proposals and layouts in Wanju and Waterloo, although the fundamental land use planning principles set out in the initial draft DSPs remain unchanged.

Submissions closed 10 May 2019. 

Background documentsBackground to Wanju

Initial plans for Wanju emerged from the Greater Bunbury Strategy 2013.

In July 2015, following a public naming competition, the Shire of Dardanup chose ‘Wanju’ for the urban expansion area, which means ‘welcome’ in the local Noongar language.

 Wanju’s significant features
Total area1245 ha
 Estimated number of dwellings    20,000
 Estimated number of high schools    3 public, 2 private
 Estimated number of primary schools    9 public, 2 private
 Estimated town centre floorspace70,000 m2 retail
70,000 m2 commercial
Estimated local centres’ floorspace42,000 m2 retail floorspace
42,000 m2 commercial floorspace
 Potential number of local jobs4000 jobs
Areas identified as public open space300 ha

For more information see also Shire of Dardanup website.

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