The Wheatbelt region covers an area of 155 256 square kilometres. At the 2011 Census, the population of the region was approximately 74,000 people.
There are 43 local governments in the Wheatbelt region, which loosely surrounds the border of the metropolitan region, north to Jurien Bay, east to Southern Cross, and south to Darkan. With over a hundred separate settlements, population centres in the region are widely dispersed. Much of the region's residents live in rural areas remote from townsites, so provision of human services such as health and education are a particular challenge for the Wheatbelt.
The Wheatbelt is the State's agricultural powerhouse, producing much of the State's grain supply. Key infrastructure and planning initiatives, including the Muchea Employment Node and the Indian Ocean Drive Guidelines, reflect a diversifying economic sector, shifting towards value-adding of primary industries, tourism and freight and logistic sectors.
Environmentally, the Wheatbelt has a diverse and fragile natural environment, ranging from including marine reserves, species-rich kwongan heathlands along the coast north of Perth, over to the forests and woodlands fringing Perth, across expansive broadacre agriculture land, and to the Great Western Woodlands in the east.
Plans and policies
The WAPC has published a range of plans and policies relevant to the Wheatbelt, including:
- The Muchea Employment Node Structure Plan
- Northam Surrounds Structure Plan
- Indian Ocean Drive Planning Guideline
- Wheatbelt Regional Planning and Infrastructure Framework
The Wheatbelt Regional Planning and Infrastructure Framework (the Framework) has been prepared to provide strategic regional context in order to guide future land use planning in the Wheatbelt region. The WAPC published the Framework in December 2015.
For further information
The Wheatbelt planning team is located in the Department's Perth office. Please contact us at email@example.com for further information.