‘There’s a lot of history down here and people don’t want to lose that history,’ he said.
‘People in SJ are passionate about their neck of the woods. Half the chickens and eggs come from this Shire, half of the equine industry in WA comes from the Shire. It’s a whole new land and you have to know how to manage that.’
While there are doubts over what may happen to the unique character of the Shire if it is taken over by the City of Armadale, the council have endorsed a rural strategy to preserve and enhance the Shire’s rural character.
The rural strategy review will provide a framework for development and subdivision in Serpentine Jarrahdale.
Mr Ellis said Shire staff had worked on the revised rural strategy for a number of years, incorporating feedback from government agencies and the community.
‘While the study area covered by the rural strategy includes the majority of the Shire, urban centres in Byford, Mundijong and Oakford are excluded to ensure some areas of the Shire are prioritised for urban development, catering for Serpentine Jarrahdale’s growing population,’ he said.
‘With the strategy in place, council and interested investors now have a guide for planning and development within rural areas over the next decade.’
Key themes within the Serpentine Jarrahdale Rural Strategy include protection of natural assets, protection of rural character, and facilitation of productive rural areas.
The Rural Strategy Review will be forwarded to the Department of Planning and the WA Planning Commission for endorsement.