CONTINUED strong growth is forecast for the Greater Bunbury region during the next decade.
The Greater Bunbury Land Release Plan 2002, prepared for the WA Planning Commission, shows the region is expected to have a population of 77,200 by 2011, an increase of about 12,000 from 2001 figures.
About 50 per cent of the South West’s population currently resides within Greater Bunbury, which covers the City of Bunbury and Shires of Capel, Dardanup and Harvey.
The land release plan, the first to be prepared for the region, shows that nearly 7,750 lots, including 7,250 for residential purposes, could be produced in the region over the next five years.
The main centres of residential activity are anticipated to be in the localities of Dalyellup, Australind and Eaton.
WA Planning Commission chairman Terry Martin said the land release plan highlighted the large amount of vacant industrial land in the region and the vast potential for further residential development.The land release plan was prepared for the planning commission by the Department for Planning and Infrastructure, with assistance from local governments, service agencies and the development industry.