Proclaimed a City on 21 January 2012, the Busselton district is one of the fastest growing regions in Western Australia. The municipality has a current resident population of approximately 34,000 people (Australian Bureau of Statistics Census 2011) with an average annual growth rate of around four percent. The population is expected to increase to over 55,000 residents by the year 2026.
The wider South West region has a population of around 158,000 and is expected to grow to around 230,000 residents by 2026. (Source: WA Planning Commission report, “Western Australia Tomorrow” 2012).
In 2012, the Western Australia Planning Commission published an update on population forecasts for Busselton indicating a population increase by more than 58% by 2026 to 55,300 persons. This is regarded as significant growth and far exceeds previous predictions.
To accommodate Busselton’s population growth, the State Government has completed of a new state of the art hospital and has commenced planning for a new campus of the South West Institute of Technology (TAFE), to improve education and training in the region. Housing estates are also being expanded within Busselton, Vasse and at Dunsborough to the south of the CBD. The City of Busselton has completed Stage 1 of the Busselton foreshore redevelopment and enhanced the foreshores of Dunsborough and Yallingup.
In November 2014, Busselton welcomed its first visiting cruise ship to include the City in its itinerary, when the Diamond Princess transferred over 2,000 passengers and crew ashore for an eight hour visit. This inaugural visit was the first of 16 visits from various vessels scheduled till 2017 with plans well underway to have a dedicated cruise landing facility incorporated on the world famous Busselton Jetty.
Planning is well underway to expand the Busselton regional airport to establish regular interstate flights and is set to significantly increase tourism numbers to the region. Tourism is one of the region’s major industries and contributes significantly to income and employment in the City of Busselton, with visitor numbers exceeding 600,000 per annum.
The City of Busselton Community Directory provides a wealth of useful information about the Facilities and Services available within the City of Busselton. Information includes:
- City Services
- Councillor Contact Details
- General Council and City information
- City of Busselton Services
- Chamber of Commerce and Industry contacts
- Tourist Guide
- Community Information ◦General Community Information
- School Term Dates
- Local Community Groups
- Local Sporting Bodies
- Community Halls and City Facilities
- Justice of the Peace
- Bus Timetables
- Business Directory
- Street Directories
The Community Directory is available free. Copies can be obtained from the City of Busselton Offices.