Greater Bunbury Region Scheme Amendment 0070 (Standard) - Part Lot 65 South Western Highway, Glen Iris - CONSULTATION PERIOD EXTENDED

Closed 12 Jun 2024

Opened 10 Apr 2024


Consultation period extended

The Western Australian Planning Commission (WAPC) is seeking public comment on a proposal to amend the Greater Bunbury Region Scheme (GBRS) for land in the City of Bunbury.

The purpose of the amendment is to rezone approximately 2,248 m2 in Glen Iris from the Regional Open Space reservation to the Urban zone in the GBRS.

The amendment will facilitate the expansion of the existing Morrissey Homestead site to include the following:

  • New respite accommodation.
  • Staff sleeping quarters.
  • New office space.
  • Maintenance workshop.
  • Improved parking facilities.
  • The relocation of the existing access path will also be required.

The proposed amendment is to be progressed as a standard amendment as the size and scale of the proposed amendment is not considered regionally significant.

It does not reflect a regional change to the planning strategy or philosophy for the Bunbury region.

Submissions close Wednesday, 22 May 2024. Late submissions may not be considered.

Key documents

Frequently asked question

What is a region scheme?

A region scheme provides a statutory mechanism to provide strategic direction, assist in the coordination of major infrastructure, and set aside areas for regional open space and other community purposes. A region scheme usually covers more than one local government area. The content of the scheme may vary for each region, but they generally set out broad land use zones or policy areas, and identify land required for regional purposes.


The Western Australian Planning Commission (WAPC) prepares and administers region planning schemes for the effective planning and coordination of land use and development.


There are three region schemes in operation in Western Australia; the Metropolitan Region Scheme (MRS), the Peel Region Scheme (PRS), and the Greater Bunbury Region Scheme (GBRS).

What is the head of power that requires this application to be advertised?

The Planning and Development Act 2005 (the Act) is the head of power for region schemes and amendments. Part 4 of the Act outlines the formulation and considerations of preparing or amending a region scheme and sets out the submission and approval process.


The Planning and Development (Region Planning Schemes) Regulations 2023, made under the Act, outline the advertising requirements and factors associated with the consideration of submissions.

What land does this MRS amendment cover?

The amendment covers approximately 2,248 m2 of Lot 65 South Western Highway, Glen Iris as shown on Amending Plan 3.2833

Has there been any community consultation on this proposal already?

No, there has been no previous consultation regarding this proposal.


There is no legislative requirement for the WAPC to pre-advertise a region scheme amendment. However, there are statutory advertising periods for all three amendment streams once the proposal has been initiated by the WAPC and determined by the EPA (if applicable).

What is the process for this to be determined?

The procedures for amending a region scheme are prescribed by the Planning and Development Act 2005 and the Planning and Development (Region Planning Schemes) Regulations 2023. In essence, the procedure for a standard amendment involves:


  • formulation of the amendment by the WAPC
  • referral to the EPA for environmental assessment
  • completion of an Environmental Review (if required) in accordance with EPA instructions
  • public submissions being sought on the proposed amendment (including Environmental Review if required)
  • consideration of submissions
  • approval, with or without any modifications in response to submissions, or refusal to approve, by the Minister
  • the amendment takes legal effect with Gazettal of the Minister's approval.

Can I have extra days to lodge my submission?

If any additional time is required to lodge a submission, please contact


If land is being zoned Urban, how will the environment be protected?

An Urban zone under a Region Planning Scheme can accommodate a range of land uses apart from residential development, such as but not limited to public open space, conservation, drainage and wetland areas. 


These sites are given further consideration in the subsequent detailed planning stages, such as a local structure plan where consideration is given to the retention of these areas in accordance with advice from the Local Government and State Government environmental agencies.



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