Bunbury Racecourses Local Area Project


Links to key planning documents:

Project Overview

The City of Bunbury, in partnership with DevelopmentWA and in association with the South West Development Commission and Racing and Wagering Australia has completed the preparation of a Local Area Plan (LAP) for the Racecourses local area, which comprises the Bunbury Turf Club, Bunbury Trotting Club, ‘stables residential area’ and the former Council works depot. The LAP is a forward-looking document that seeks to guide the future use and development in the area. 

Public advertising of the draft Racecourses LAP, proposed Structure Plan and Local Planning Strategy Amendment was undertaken concurrently during September and October 2019. All landowners and occupiers within the local area, landowners within 200 metres of the precinct and members of the project’s two working groups were notified.  As a result of the submissions several modifications were made to the draft LAP and draft Structure Plan which were reported at subsequent meetings of the working groups held during May 2020.

The Local Area Plan was subsequently adopted by the Council on 18 August 2020 and can be viewed via the link above. Documentation from the relevant Council Meeting (as listed below):  

  • 18 August 2020 - Minutes: Item 10.5, Page 26
  • 18 August 2020 - Part A Appendices; and
  • 18 August 2020 - Part B Appendices

can be viewed via the link here.

In keeping with Council’s decision, the relevant documentation including all submissions received over the public advertising period were referred to the Western Australian Planning Commission (WAPC) for their review and determination.       

Project Update – August 2021

The WAPC endorsed the Local Planning Strategy Amendment on 28 October 2020 and approved the Racecourses Local Structure Plan on 29 July 2021.

Following WAPC approval of the structure plan, the next task involves securing the financial support necessary to facilitate the installation of essential infrastructure, notably the upgrade and extension of local sewerage. The City will initially approach State Government and endeavour to have the upgrades funded and captured within a scheduled programme of works.

Once the funding of infrastructure is investigated and satisfactorily resolved, the preparation of amendments to the local planning scheme can proceed with greater confidence.

Further updates will be provided on this webpage in due course. In the meantime should you have enquiries regarding the project, please contact the city on 08 9792 7000, or via email at records@bunbury.wa.gov.au.