Have your say on Wanju development plans
Harvey shire president Tania Jackson has urged residents to have their say on the revised and re-released draft plans for Wanju in the neighbouring Shire of Dardanup.
The original drafts for Wanju residential estate, released in 2016, have been adjusted to account for the realignment of the Bunbury Outer Ring Road and have again been opened for public comment.
Cr Jackson said residents should voice their opinions on the plans, which had the potential to impact the Shire of Harvey’s own residential developments for decades.
“When the Department of Planning adopted the Wanju plan in 2016 it impacted on Harvey shire with the planned Victoria Village Development, east of Australind, and adjacent to Meadow Landing,” Cr Jackson said.
Due to the proposed Wanju development, Cr Jackson said the area set aside for Victoria Village had been rezoned as an investigation area when it had previously been zoned as urban deferred, which would have allowed the Harvey shire development to progress.
“The area is not to be developed until significant development in Wanju, despite developers and the shire lobbying to retain the ability to continue concept planning for the area at that time.
“This could impact development in the Harvey shire by decades.”
Cr Jackson said growth in Treendale would see that area fully developed within five years and any future development in the east Australind area would accommodate the forecast residential population growth as well as support current infrastructure provisions in Australind.
“People should definitely have a look at the plan for Wanju,” Cr Jackson said.
“It will give them an idea of what is being planned for the area.
“Residents have previously been surprised by upgrades to our road networks or other developments when these had actually been in the works for years.”
Planning Minister Rita Saffioti said the South West was experiencing fast growth and it was important there was enough appropriate land available.
“The Wanju and Waterloo Industrial Park district structure plans will help shape the future of the region but it is important we take our time to get it right,” she said.
While acknowledging the plans would help shape the future of the region, Ms Saffioti stated it was important to “take our time to get it right”.
“I look forward to seeing these transport and planning initiatives leverage business and jobs growth opportunities in the South West, and ask that residents and businesses take a look and have their say,” she said.
Dardanup shire president Mick Bennett said the new alignment of the ring road was more suitable.
The draft plans for Wanju can be found here.
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