Creation of the regional parks was an election commitment of the State Government. It is a key part of Plan For Our Parks, which aims to create five million hectares of new national and marine parks and reserves across Western Australia.
Regional parks consist of lands that have been identified as Regional Open Space under Regional Planning Schemes, such as the Greater Bunbury Region Scheme. They are managed by a range of agencies, including the Parks and Wildlife Service at the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA), local government and private landholders.
Regional parks are not a land tenure. They provide the opportunity for a consortium of land managers to develop coordinated management approaches over an area identified as having regionally significant values.
The regional parks have been proposed within the Greater Bunbury region for many years. Establishment plans were prepared for both parks by the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage. These identified proposed boundaries and values, and issues to be addressed in a management plan to be prepared for the parks. In 2018 the State Government allocated funding to progress the establishment and management of these proposed regional parks.
Further information about the two proposed regional parks can be found in the:
- 2011 Preston River to Ocean Regional Park Establishment Plan
- 2017 Leschenault Regional Park Establishment Plan
How will the parks be managed?
DBCA’s Parks and Wildlife Service is responsible for coordinating the establishment and management of the regional parks. This includes preparation of a management plan that will guide future on-ground management for all local and State Government management agencies.
Several existing regional parks occur within the Perth Metropolitan Region. Management plans for these parks can be downloaded from the Parks and Wildlife Service approved management plans page.
Management of private property that is reserved as Regional Open Space and within the regional parks remains unchanged, until such time as it is acquired by the Western Australian Planning Commission. Further information on reservation of private property under Region Schemes is available from the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage.
What is happening now?
A Community Advisory Committee has been established to provide advice to DBCA’s Parks and Wildlife Service and other land managers on the preparation of a management plan for the parks. The committee will also provide advice on proposed on-ground projects and on issues referred to it by the management agencies. The committee also has a role in disseminating information to the community.
Have your say
DBCA’s Parks and Wildlife Service is preparing a draft management plan for the proposed Greater Bunbury regional parks. The draft plan is expected to be completed in the first half of 2020. It will then be formally released for public comment by the Environment Minister in accordance with the Conservation and Land Management Act 1984.
In the interim, you are invited to have your say on what values and management issues are of most interest to you and how you think these parks should be managed into the future. This opportunity to have your say will be held open until the draft management plan is approved and released for public comment.
We encourage the use of the online submission form, but queries can also be directed to the Bunbury-based Regional Parks Coordinator.
Regional Parks Coordinator
Parks and Wildlife Service
Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions
Corner Dodson Road and South Western Highway
PO Box 1693
BUNBURY WA 6231
Phone: 9725 4300