There is solid evidence that the McGowan Government are heading down a path of hard-line planning and development practices. We believe that new planning and development laws enacted in State parliament is a deliberate attempt to lock out local Government and communities in appealing against overdevelopment?[1] It appears the McGowan Government are bypassing democratic planning processes and using the Covid-19 pandemic as an excuse to execute overreach development.

The March 2021 state election is the ideal time to let WA Labor know their plans are unwelcome in the Northern suburbs.

The Ocean Reef Marina proposal is excessive in terms of demands on infrastructure and services and impact on local amenity and character. It will have significant impacts on the Marmion Marine Park A Class Reserve. [2]Not far away from Ocean Reef there is a massive subdivision planned for rural East Wanneroo. The project involves subdividing 8,000 ha of rural land, bushland forever sites and conservation valued lakes into 28 high-density urban precincts. The projected population of 150,000 residents will lead to a rapid rise in population density in East Wanneroo.[3]

Part of the road construction for East Wanneroo has already begun and the scale and impact of the freeway type flyover at Wanneroo Road/Joondalup Drive has severely impacted the local community and businesses at Carramar, Tapping and the surrounding area.


After coming out of a period of massive immigration driven population growth (over 500,000 people added to WA between 2006 and 2016), Perth was just starting to get back on its feet and then the coronavirus arrived in WA from China.[4] Now we have an uncompromising McGowan Labor Government pushing overdevelopment and high population density into the Northern suburbs.

With several major infrastructure plans and high density development either started or on the drawing board – this suggests the move towards centralised control of planning and development is to squash opposition to overreach development in low density areas. And clear the way for a rapid increase in population density as soon as immigration restrictions are lifted.


[1] Parliament of Western Australia, ‘Western Australia, Parliamentary Debates, Legislative Council, 23 June 2020, (Hon Stephen Dawson (Minister for Environment) in Charge of the Bill) (PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT AMENDMENT BILL 2020)’, 2020 <$file/C40%20S1%2020200623%20All.pdf> [accessed 28 July 2020].

[2] DevelopmentWA, ‘Ocean Reef Marina Summary Business Case, LandCorp July-2017.Pdf’, 2020 <> [accessed 17 August 2020].

[3] West Australian Government, Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage, ‘Draft East Wanneroo District Structure Plan’, Department of Planning Lands Heritage, 2019 <> [accessed 18 August 2020].

[4] Australian Bureau of Statistics, ‘3218.0 – Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2016’, 2017 <> [accessed 14 April 2019].

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