Western Australia is at a critical juncture in developing its long-term strategy to drive economic and social progress. As the state seeks to chart a course through and beyond the COVID-19 pandemic, the case to balance future economic growth with achievable targets to reduce the state’s environmental footprint have never been more compelling.

The challenges brought by climate change have highlighted the significant pressure on resources. The pollution of air, growing water scarcity and the increasing amount of waste has aggravated the loss of biodiversity and caused growing health concerns in the Western Australian community.

This report identifies some of the main challenges in balancing economic prosperity with environmental sustainability, and provides a roadmap for Western Australia to transition to a more sustainable and resilient economic future.

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Focus on Industry Series No. 5