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 Project Manager, Mr Ben Deeley, on 08 9792 7081 or via email bdeeley@bunbury.wa.gov.au for general project enquiries.

Project Update – 29 November 2017

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.
Attention has now turned toward the preparation of several planning instruments in light of the Directions Concept, including a local planning policy and structure plan.  It is currently proposed that the draft local planning policy and structure plan be released for public consultation in early 2018.

Please check back for regular project updates!