The Geological Survey of Western Australia’s (GSWA) Land Use Geoscience section provides geological information, advice and approvals to assist in government decision making related to the most appropriate use of land. The provision of relevant geological information to State and local government authorities, planners and the community contributes to Western Australia’s economic sustainability, and helps to ensure that the interests and rights of all parties are recognised.
Land Use Geoscience
The Land Use Geoscience section uses geological information to identify and help maintain access to valuable mineral, petroleum and basic raw material resources and to areas needed for exploration (see Land Use Planning brochure).
The planning process takes into account requirements of relevant legislation such as:
- the Mining Act 1978
- the Land Administration Act 1997
- the Planning and Development Act 2005
The section works closely with other government departments such as the Department of Lands, Department of Planning, Department of Premier and Cabinet and Department of Parks and Wildlife to assist land use decision making. The section produces resources maps tailored for land use planning purposes in areas where there are many competing land use requirements. An example of this is the Titanium – zircon mineralisation mapping series covering the Swan Coastal Plain.
Current projects include:
- strategic assessment of the Perth and Peel regions
- South West Native Title settlement
- mapping of Basic Raw Materials
Land use planning around townsites
The Land Use Geoscience section has an important role to play in assisting land use planning around townsites, especially in mineral-rich areas such as the Goldfields. Early consultation with the section prior to revision of local planning strategies is strongly encouraged, so that any resource-related issues are identified prior to detailed planning.
The GSWA geological map of Kalgoorlie in 1902, displays the townsite and early mining areas that are now covered by the Superpit (see opposite).
Access spatial information on Land Use planning
Resources around townsites and along the Swan Coast Plain can be seen in GeoVIEW.WA, the department’s interactive geological map tool. Select layers under ‘Land Use planning’ in the table of contents.
Basic Raw Materials
The Land Use Geoscience section provides maps and information on Basic Raw Materials (BRM) essential for construction purposes and to assist in government planning. BRM are sand, clay, gravel, limestone, limesand and hardrock aggregate.
For further information see Basic Raw Materials.
GSWA manages a State register that lists unique geological sites in Western Australia with significant scientific and educational value.
Visit Geoheritage for further information on:
- location of sites (via an interactive map)
- details on reserve sites requiring application to enter
- relevant publications.
For further information contact: