Environmental Planning

Australia's south west is internationally recognised as a biodiversity hotspot, one of 25 terrestrial hotspot in the world and the only one in Australia. The City of Busselton contains an extensive range of biodiversity values, including rare flora, endangered fauna and highly cleared vegetation complexes. The internationally significant Vasse-Wonnerup wetland and other wetlands provide valuable habitat for waterbirds. Geographe Bay, protected by the recently created Ngari Marine Park also supports the most extensive seagrass meadows in temperate Western Australia and provide habitat to many fish and marine fauna.

As per the City of Busselton Strategic Community Plan 2013(PDF, 2MB), one of the key goal areas is a Cared for and Enhanced Environment.

Community Objectives are as follow:

  • Our natural environment is cared for and enhanced as our key asset.
  • Growth is managed sustainably and our environment is protected and enhanced as we develop.
  • Environment and climate change risks and impacts are understood and managed.

The Environmental Planning Activity Unit provides advice on development proposals and develop plans, policies and strategies appropriate for the management of natural areas and environmental issues. It monitors and promotes sustainable energy and water use, raise awareness and supports the community in the implementation of environmental management practices.

The City of Busselton Environment Strategy is a comprehensive document aimed at providing Council with a strategic framework to undertake environmental management activities.

City of Busselton Environment Strategy

For more information, please contact the City's Environmental Planning Department on (08) 9781 0444 or at city@busselton.wa.gov.au