This report identifies the regional capitals of Western Australia based upon a conceptually meaningful regionalization, where regions are defined by (a) the Western Australia Regional Development Commissions, (b) functional economic regions.
Regionalization based upon the existing policy framework clearly identifies the members of WARCA and Northam as the strategically significant Regional Capitals of Western Australia.
Regionalization based upon functional economic regions is consistent with this evidence but also adds Busselton and Esperance to the list of Regional Capitals.
The evidence suggests that there is a distinct and widening gap between the Regional Capitals and the remainder of ‘regional’ Western Australia
This evidence suggests that there needs to be a significant reorientation of regional policy away from Supertowns and towards the Regional Capitals.
School of Earth and Environment, The University of Western Australia 2014