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Growing Communities

Sustainable development

With further population growth expected, the South West Development Commission is working to ensure the region develops in a sustainable way.

We are initiating, supporting and developing projects that enhance local services, infrastructure and quality of life, while enhancing the lifestyle and unique qualities of the South West.

Our work involves breathing new life into urban areas, stimulating jobs creation and closing gaps in government and community services.

Find out more about what we do.

Community centres

Community Resource Centres (formally known as Telecentres) provide residents and visitors in smaller towns with access to information technology equipment and a range of services.

Examples of services offered include access to computers and high speed internet, use of laptop docking facilities and wireless internet connection, and use of videoconferencing and VOIP.

Community Resource Centres also offer access to vocation training, and government and community services.

Find out more about the Community Resource Centre Network.

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The Boyup Brook Community Resource Centre received $28,824 towards becoming a Registered Training Organisation in the first round of the Royalties for Regions - South West Regional Grants Scheme. Pictured at the centre are Lynda Coote, Mathew Coote, Lorraine Bruyn and Lyn Willett.

Fast-growing population

With a growth rate higher than the State and national average, the South West has one of the fastest growing populations of regional Australia.

Currently more than 158,500 people reside in the South West. By 2027, the region's population is expected to swell to 230,000.

Most of this projected growth is forecast to occur along the coastal strip, with the biggest population increase expected to be in the Shire of Busselton.

More population statistics

 

Lifestyle, employment opportunities and a diverse economy make the South West a popular place to live for families.

Lifestyle, employment opportunities and a diverse economy make the South West a popular place to live for families.