The Mid West region is approximately one fifth of the land area of Western Australia (470,000km2) and contains a diversity of natural environments, cultural backgrounds and economic opportunities, making it an attractive place to live and work for about 58,000 people. The Mid West comprises 17 local governments and is divided into three sub-regions: the Batavia Coast, North Midlands and the Murchison. It has a diverse economy, with significant sectors including agriculture, mining, tourism and fisheries.
The geographic extent of the region and its sub-regions is shown on the map.
Mid West Regional Planning and Infrastructure Framework
Finalised in 2015, the Mid West Regional Planning and Infrastructure Framework was prepared for the Western Australian Planning Commission by the Department of Planning to provide an overall strategic regional context for land-use planning within the Mid West region; and to identify a number of priority initiatives required to facilitate comprehensive regional planning in order to guide sub-regional and local planning processes.
Other WAPC Regional PlanningThe WAPC has published a range of plans, policies and other documents relevant to planning for the Mid West, including:
- Narngulu Industrial Area Strategic Land Use Directions
- Geraldton Region Plan
- Geraldton Regional Flora and Vegetation Survey
- Mid-West - Country Land Development Program 2006
- Mid-West Infrastructure Analysis
- Moresby Range Management Strategy
- Mid West Regional Infrastructure Priorities Project 2010 Workshop Paper
- Dongara to Cape Burney Coastal Planning
- Greater Geraldton Structure Plan 2011
Local governments are involved in planning for local communities by administering local planning strategies and schemes to ensure appropriate planning controls exist for land use and development.
Local planning strategies establish the planning framework for each local government, and provide the strategic basis for local planning schemes. Local planning schemes contain planning controls such as designation of appropriate land uses, residential densities and development standards.
There are a number of Aboriginal settlements in the Mid West, including Yulga Jinna, Pia Wadjarri and Barrel Well. Layout plans are a type of plan prepared by the Department of Planning specifically for Aboriginal settlements in WA. Layout plans have been prepared for a number of Aboriginal settlements in the Mid West. These can be accessed from the Aboriginal communities (Layout Plans) webpage.
Oakajee Narngulu Infrastructure Corridor
The Oakajee Narngulu Infrastructure Corridor (ONIC) is being planned to enable a coordinated infrastructure and services corridor around Geraldton. The 34 kilometre long strategic corridor is proposed to facilitate regionally significant road, rail and utility services connections between the Narngulu Industrial Estate and the proposed Oakajee port and industrial estate; and more broadly with the existing Geraldton Port.
The Department of Planning has prepared a draft Alignment Definition Report for the Oakajee Narngulu Infrastructure Corridor, in order to define a preferred alignment for the corridor.
The ONIC forms a component of the broader Oakajee Mid West Development Project that is being led by the Department of State Development. This project proposes to establish an integrated deepwater port with supporting rail infrastructure and an industrial estate to facilitate the development of the resources sector in the Mid West. Further information of the Oakajee Mid West Development Project can be found on the Department of State Development website.
Natural Resource Management Projects
The Western Australian Planning Commission through Strategic Priority Grants from the State NRM office delivered the project Protection of Priority Natural Resources in Strategic Regional Land Use Plans which aimed to improve the protection and enhancement of natural resource areas through the preparation of NRM information. This project funded a number of studies and reports for the Mid West region, including:
- Geology, Geomorphology and Vulnerability: Shires of Coorow to Northampton
- Identification of high quality agricultural land in the Mid West region: Stage 1 - Geraldton Planning Region
- Geraldton Regional Conservation Report - Volume 1 - Geraldton Regional Flora and Vegetation Survey Project Area
- Geraldton Regional Flora and Vegetation Survey
Central Regions Land Capacity Analysis
The Central Regions Land Capacity Analysis provides a broad overview of the land capacity of settlements in the Mid West, Gascoyne and Goldfields–Esperance regions with respect to forecast population growth. Based on the content of applicable local planning instruments, it examines existing and future land capacity in each local government.
Outputs from this project, which include land-use mapping and associated analysis, are available for each local government area via the above link.