The Bunbury Geographe Growth Plan has been informed by a large body of research and extensive consultation with industry sectors, community and government.

The core documents are the Strategy itself, the associated Program of Actions and a document summarising the Background Papers – all of which can be accessed via the buttons on this page.

You will also find links to 20 Appendices – the research reports, papers and consultation that informed the development of the Bunbury Geographe Growth Plan.

Utilise this valuable resource to inform your own strategic planning in the Bunbury Geographe region.

Bunbury Geographe Growth Plan – STRATEGY (5MB)
Bunbury Geographe Growth Plan – PROGRAM OF ACTIONS (3MB)
Bunbury Geographe Growth Plan – BACKGROUND PAPERS (1MB)

Appendix 1 – Summary of Background Reports (0.5 MB)

A brief synopsis of research reports that underpinned the development of the Bunbury Geographe Growth Plan on aspects;

  • Demographics
  • Economic Profile
  • Environment
  • Service and Social Infrastructure
  • Regional Cluster Analysis

Appendix 2 – Demographics (4.5 MB)

Bunbury Geographe’s population growth is dominated by economic migrants. Over the last 15 years, Bunbury Geographe’s average annual population growth has been 2.55%, well above the WA average of 1.94%.

Appendix 3 – Economic Profile Background Paper (12.2 MB)

For more than a decade, economic development indicators in Bunbury Geographe have been positive with population growth and overall output increasing while unemployment has decreased.  Bunbury Geographe has fared well compared to other regional cities in WA and Australia.  However, there is room to improve in innovation as measured by proportion of skilled workers, patent numbers and R&D expenditure.

Appendix 4 – Environment Background Paper (1 MB)

The essential environmental qualities of Bunbury Geographe attract, support or constrain economic growth of the region.  These essential environmental qualities pose a number of key environmental opportunities and constraints for the Region.

Appendix 5 – Service and Social Infrastructure Background Paper (3 MB)

Both service and social infrastructure are required to support future economic growth in Bunbury Geographe.  An understanding of this infrastructure and its’ limitations allows infrastructure to be used to its’ full potential and future constraints to be mitigated.

Appendix 6 – Regional Cluster Analysis (4.5 MB)

Industry cluster networks are geographic concentrations of interconnected businesses, suppliers, and associated institutions in a particular field (e.g. forestry, hospitality, metal manufacturing).  Cluster analysis in the Bunbury Geographe area identifies which industry clusters could be leveraged to support the greatest growth.

Appendix 7 – Migration Study (3.6 MB)

The majority of WA’s population growth in recent years has come from overseas migration, however the majority settle in Perth rather than in regional WA.  At a state-wide level, net overseas and interstate migration have also declined in recent years, in line with the employment downturn in the resources sector.  Therefore, a significant challenge moving forward in the face of these trends is attracting skilled migrants to the regional centres instead of Perth.  Of the primary RCDP centres, Broome and Greater Bunbury are rated the most appealing places to live.

Appendix 8 – Futures Forum Presentations (21 MB)

Presentations given to the March 2016 Futures Forum which brought insight and creative thinking to the Bunbury Geographe growth planning process.  Includes presentations by Peter Ellyard, Gus Balbontin and Catherine Caruana-McManus.

Appendix 9 – Bunbury Geographe SWOT Analysis (0.2 MB)

Bunbury Geographe’s key strength is in connectivity and location, which makes it ideally suited to take advantage of global and regional trends.  Bunbury Geographe has the advantage of a port with capacity for growth, capable of exporting both agricultural goods and mineral resources from nearby that is located in a highly desirable and liveable city.

Appendix 10 – Community Initiatives ‘Long List’ (0.2 MB)

A list of 229 community initiatives generated by the Bunbury Geographe community through the March 2016 Futures Forum.

Appendix 11 – Sector Committee Outcomes (1 MB)

The 6 Sector Committees were Agriculture, Food and Water; Local Business and Tourism ; Port Positioning and Transport; Industry and Mining; Lifestyle and Community; Health and Education.  Three (3) meetings/workshops were conducted for each of the Sector Committees (18 meetings in total) held throughout the region.

Appendix 12 – Sector Committee Initiatives (0.2 KB)

A list of initiatives proposed by each Sector Committee.

Appendix 13 – Sector Committee Initiatives, Description (0.2 MB)

A description of the 19 Priority Initiatives identified across all Sectors.

Appendix 14 – Sector Analysis and Preliminary Initiatives (1.8 MB)

The process applied to identifying preliminary Initiatives from Sector Committee and community input (focus groups and Futures Forum attendees).

Appendix 15 – Growth Driver Analysis (12.6 MB)

This report summarises the growth drivers and specific initiatives that have the potential to stimulate new investment and population growth in the Greater Bunbury (Bunbury Geographe) area.  Eight growth drivers were identified.

Appendix 16 – Scenario Planning (.7 MB)

support the sustained growth of Bunbury Geographe.  This report documents the process of identifying solutions and opportunities to understand the future and how this can assist communities in making more informed and better decisions about the future.

Appendix 17 – Bunbury Geographe – Branding Story and Style Guide (8 MB)

Shows the development of the new Bunbury Geographe brand through the branding story and a style guide determining how the brand is to be applied.

Appendix 18 – Growth Plan Governance (0.2 MB)

The Terms of Reference for the cross-sectoral partnership body responsible for owning, developing and implementing the Growth Plan and its brand on behalf of the region.

Appendix 19 – Theory of Change Diagram (0.5 MB)

Diagram of the consultative ‘top down and bottom up’ process used to bring about positive change (employment, population growth and gross regional product) as a result of understanding opportunities, challenges and inputs required.  (template)

Appendix 20 – Performance Framework (0.5 MB)

Provides a framework for measuring the outcomes of the Growth Planning process. (template)