Planning for WA’s newest City enters new phase

An official Naming event and traditional Aboriginal Smoking Ceremony is being held today to mark a significant step forward in the planning of WA’s newest City, Wanju, located east of Eaton in the Shire of Dardanup.

The event incorporates the launch of the draft Wanju District Structure Plan (DSP) which is now open to a three-month period of Public Consultation and is available for viewing via a new city website.

The draft DSP sets out key planning aspirations, objectives and principles the Shire of Dardanup and WA Department of Planning, working in partnership, are seeking from the development.

Wanju is to be located on 1,245 hectares of farmland on the Forrest Highway, east of Eaton.

The Greater Bunbury Strategy 2013 identified the area as a potential growth corridor for the region with the resulting Wanju DSP allowing for:

  • 50,000 new residents;
  • 20,000 homes;
  • 4,000 jobs;
  • 300 hectares of public open space;
  • Along with shopping centres, schools, medical facilities, public transport and all the infrastructure you would expect from a West Australian city.

The application of cutting edge techniques and technology in energy efficiency is a permeating theme of planning for Wanju ensuring a sustainable and resilient future.

Significant characteristics of the Wanju plan so far include:

  • Town centre and several local centres;
  • A criss-cross network of multi-use green corridors designed to perform a range of ecological, recreation and surface water management functions.

Future residents of Wanju will have a reduced need to use their car with opportunities to live, work, shop, play and socialise all just a short walk or bike ride away.

Shire of Dardanup President Mick Bennett said planning for Wanju marked a turning point in the development of the Shire and the greater Bunbury region.

“To develop Wanju from the ground up presents an incredibly exciting opportunity to create a vibrant and exciting environment that will be unlike anything that we already have in this area,” Mr Bennett said.