Indian Ocean Drive development rules set

WA Planning Commission chairman Eric Lumsden.
WA Planning Commission chairman Eric Lumsden.

WAPC chairman Eric Lumsden released guidelines on June 11 to protect the ‘natural beauty and integrity’ of the road that stretches from Yanchep to south of Dongara.

‘The Indian Ocean Drive opened in 2010 and runs through some of WA’s most scenic coastal attractions, including the Pinnacles and Jurien Bay Marine Park and a number of coastal settlements such as Lancelin, Cervantes, Green Head and Leeman,’ Mr Lumsden said.

‘Much of the road passes through an almost entirely natural landscape with views of mobile dunes, the ocean and seasonal wildflowers.’

Mr Lumsden said the guidelines would help the shires of Gingin, Dandaragan, Coorow, Carnamah and Irwin make decisions about roadside stopping places, rural homes, service stations and roadhouses, tourism developments and signage.

He said the guidelines applied primarily to a 500m corridor either side of the road, but would not impact on development within town sites.