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The Great Southern is internationally recognised for its biodiversity. It has abundant environmentally protected areas, dramatic coastal landscapes and rolling cropping lands. The region is internationally recognised for its Indigenous and European heritage values. The economic development of the region remains closely tied to the agricultural sector, also to tourism and forestry. The Great Southern region officially comprises the local government areas of Albany, Broomehill-Tambellup, Cranbrook, Denmark, Gnowangerup, Jerramungup, Katanning, Kent, Kojonup, Plantagenet and Woodanilling.

Plans and policies

The WAPC has published a range of plans and policies relevant to the Great Southern, including:

Great Southern Regional Planning and Infrastructure Framework

The Great Southern Regional Planning and Infrastructure Framework (the Framework) has been prepared to provide strategic regional context in order to guide future land use planning and infrastructure investment in the Great Southern region.

Lower Great Southern Strategy 2016

The Lower Great Southern (City of Albany and Shires of Cranbrook, Denmark and Plantagenet) has potential for considerable population growth, economic development and infrastructure investment in the medium term. The region has grown and new challenges have emerged since the Lower Great Southern Strategy was first developed in 2007. The 2016 Strategy provides guidance and actions to help meet these challenges and balance economic, social and environmental considerations.

Statutory services

The Department of Planning's Albany office has statutory planning staff for the assessment of Local Planning Schemes, Strategies amendments to the Scheme, structure plans and subdivision relevant to the Great Southern region.

For further information, contact AlbanyPSO@planning.wa.gov.au