Ideas to handle future growth shared

Left: Jan Star, Debra Goostrey, Brett Wood-Gush, Simon Taylor, Rebecca Eggleston and Jane O’Malley.
Left: Jan Star, Debra Goostrey, Brett Wood-Gush, Simon Taylor, Rebecca Eggleston and Jane O’Malley.

�Dry Sheep Equivalent � Planning for the Capacity of our Landscape� challenged the notion of basing development planning on how far urban sprawl could be pushed and considered how to best accommodate the expected increase in population.

The recently released Draft South Metro Peel Sub-Regional Planning Framework predicts that in the areas of Kwinana, Rockingham, Serpentine Jarrahdale, Mandurah, Murray and Waroona, population will increase significantly from 523,406 (2011) to 1.26 million (2050).

PHCC chairwoman Jan Star said it was imperative that civic leaders had a robust discussion on how to shape and form future expansion.

The diverse group of speakers included Professor of Sustainability Peter Newman, Urban Institute of WA chief executive Debra Goostrey and urban designer Brett Wood-Gush.

�Recently announced as the managers for natural resource management (NRM) of the now independent Peel-Harvey Catchment Region, the PHCC is accepting a new level of corporate responsibility in leading thought and conversation on how we can ensure all aspects for a sustainable future are met,� Ms Star said.

�If our region is to absorb the planned population increase, it is vital that our environment can sustain that increase.�

�The wellbeing of the community and vibrant living opportunities depend on that environment.�