Location: Pilbara, Western Australia
Brief: The National Sustainable Population Strategy was announced to provide a plan for Australia’s population growth and settlement management.
MacroPlan Dimasi were commissioned to provide a submission on behalf of BHP Billiton to support an evidence-based approach to Australia’s population discussions.
Methodology: The project involved production of population and workforce modelling for the North West of Western Australia (Port Hedland, Karratha, Tom Price) and preparation of a housing strategy for FIFO and permanent residents; preparation for Chamber of Minerals and Energy & BHP detailed population and employment forecasts for the Pilbara region.
Result: MacroPlan Dimasi recently completed a detailed submission on behalf of BHP to the Federal Governments “A Sustainable Population Strategy for Australia” ‐ pointing out that a simplistic population strategy is not achievable given the variables of geography (settlement patterns) and labour force demand (implications of net overseas migration). As opposed to a strategy, MacroPlan assessed that there was a requirement to have a “National Population, Urban Settlement and Infrastructure Charter”. Such a Charter would set out the framework for:
National urban settlement patterns, with the objective to drive geographic dispersion, and
Understanding national, state and local policy directions which are necessary to achieve population outcomes. The Charter would complement existing legislative framework.