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Grow South East (South East Metropolitan Region)


The South East Metropolitan Region is located to the south-east of Perth, between 5 and 55 kilometres from the Perth CBD. The Region encompasses a total land area of over 2,000 square kilometres. The South East Metropolitan Region is a growing residential, semi-rural and rural area, with some commercial and industrial land use, and substantial parklands and reserves. The urban areas are mainly in the areas closest to Perth, with numerous small townships in the areas further away from Perth. There is rapid residential and rural-residential growth in the eastern and southern parts of the Region. Rural land is used mainly for agriculture, horticulture, orchards, grazing, poultry farming and equine activities, with conservation, timber milling and water catchment also being important land uses.

Key employment sectors in the South East Metropolitan Region include manufacturing, retail trade, education and training, transport, health care, construction and wholesale trade. The Region is home to the Perth Domestic and International Airports. The main industrial areas are located in areas closest to Perth; in the suburbs of Ascot, Beckenham, Belmont, Bentley, Canning Vale, Carlisle, Forrestfield, High Wycombe, Kenwick, Kewdale, Maddington, Perth Airport, Redcliffe, St James, Welshpool and Willetton. There are also industrial areas in the townships of Armadale, Kelmscott and Walliston. Major retail centres in the Region include Armadale City Centre, Belmont Forum Shopping Centre, Centro Maddington, Centro Victoria Park, Forrestfield Forum & Marketplace Shopping Centre, Hometown Cannington, the Kalamunda CBD, Kelmscott Town Centre, Market City, Southlands Boulevarde Shopping Centre, Stockland Riverton Shopping Centre, The Park Centre and Westfield Carousel Shopping Centre. The Region features the two tertiary institutions of Curtin University (Bentley Campus) and Polytechnic West (Armadale, Bentley, Carlisle and Thornlie Campuses), along with numerous private and public schools. The Region’s main health care facilities are one major hospital (Armadale-Kelmscott Memorial Hospital) and three smaller hospitals (Bentley Hospital, Kalamunda Hospital and South Perth Hospital).

Land use
Land use Water: 0.6% Transport: 0.1% Residential: 30.2% Parkland: 56.1% Industrial: 1.6% Hospital/Medical: 0.0% Education: 0.5% Commercial: 1.2% Agricultural: 9.6%

NOTE: The land use shown in the map is derived from ABS Mesh Block categories. Mesh Blocks broadly identify land use and are not designed to provide definitive land use. It is purely an indicator of the main planned land use for a Mesh Blocks. For more information please refer to ABS Mesh Block categories.

Transportation Networks

  • Perth Domestic & International Airports
  • Graham Farmer Freeway
  • Kwinana Freeway
  • Albany Highway
  • Brookton Highway
  • Canning Highway
  • Great Eastern Highway
  • Leach Highway
  • Roe Highway
  • South Western Highway
  • Tonkin Highway
  • Perth-Bunbury, Armadale and Thornlie railway lines


  • Perth GPO 5km
  • Port of Fremantle 15km

Major Industrial Precincts

  • Armadale (south of Hobbs Drive)
  • Ascot (along the Great Eastern Highway)
  • Beckenham (western section)
  • Belmont
  • Bentley (east of the Albany Highway)
  • Canning Vale (northern section)
  • Carlisle (eastern section)
  • Forrestfield (western section)
  • High Wycombe (south-western section)
  • Kelmscott (central section)
  • Kenwick (southern section)
  • Kewdale (eastern section)
  • Maddington
  • Perth Airport
  • Redcliffe (northern section)
  • St James (east of the Albany Highway)
  • Walliston (around Lawrence Road)
  • Welshpool
  • Willetton (northern section)