Bunbury Racecourses Local Area Plan

Project Overview

The City of Bunbury, in partnership with Landcorp and in association with the South West Development Commission, is currently in the process of preparing a Local Area Plan for the Racecourses precinct, which comprises the Bunbury Turf Club, Bunbury Trotting Club, ‘Stables’ residential area and the Council depot.

A Local Area Plan (LAP) is a forward looking document that seeks to guide the future use and development of an area.  For further information on the project’s background, aims or timeframe, please download a Fact Sheet here.

Please contact the city, on 08 9792 7000 or via email records@bunbury.wa.gov.au for general project enquiries.

Project Update – 15 June 2018

The project formally commenced in May 2017 through the appointment of the project consultant.  Work has been ongoing since this time with the key achievements to date including:


Two internal working groups have been established to support the project, including a Project Technical Working Group to provide project management oversight and technical input and a Project Reference Group to provide for information exchange with the community via the appointed community representatives.  Meetings of the two groups are held on a monthly basis.

A series of community workshops have been held obtain feedback on the study area’s opportunities and constraints and several potential development scenarios, as follows:

• Community Visioning Workshop (June/July 2017).  The workshop report can be downloaded here

• Community Scenarios Workshops (July 2017). The workshop report can be downloaded here

The feedback received from the workshops was consolidated into a Directions Concept in concert with the two internal working groups.  The Directions Concept comprises a ‘plan on a page’, which summarises the proposed future directions for the precinct.


Required planning instruments including a local planning policy, structure plan and supporting technical reports have been prepared.  Several other planning instruments are in the process of being drafted.  All of these instruments will be presented to Council for review over the coming months prior to a proposed period of public consultation​

Please check back for regular project updates!