Bunbury will one day merge with Perth and the Peel region to form an urban corridor for most of WA’s population, according to a State Government report.
The State Planning Strategy draft released last week outlines what WA is predicted to look like up until 2050.
The report predicts the State’s population could double to 5.4 million by 2056, with 75 per cent of the population living in the South West sector, which encompasses Perth, Peel, the Great Southern, the Wheatbelt and the South West.
It describes Bunbury, Peel and Perth as being in the midst of continued urbanisation, driven by easy access to employment, education and services.
The report warns the growth will make it important to improve liveability in the regions, making them attractive alternatives for people.
Creating diverse economies will also be a challenge.
Bunbury Chamber of Commerce and Industries chief executive officer Ray Philp said transport links were pivotal to supporting the region’s existing diversity into the future, pointing to the proposed port expansion and improvements to airports as providing increasing opportunities.
Mr Philp said the success of Bunbury in the scheme of the plan was dependent on “political will,’’ particularly in relation to the relocation of a Government department.
“This would be the catalyst needed to boost business confidence to provide the necessary investment required to attract further corporate and business opportunities,’’ he said.
“Decisions and investment need to start being made now with bipartisan political support for the strategy.’’
The planning strategy draft is open for public comment until March 29.