At 30 June 2008 the estimated resident population for the Central Queensland region was 214,859. This area boasts one of the world's busiest ports, large-scale dedicated industrial sites and integrated heavy transport systems, particularly rail. Water and energy are key foundations of this economic base.
The Central Queensland region is recognised for its liveability that stems from areas of high conservation value combined with strong economic sectors such as mining and agriculture. The region's economic potential and liveability presents Central Queensland with infrastructure and economic opportunities unparalleled in Australia.
The Central Queensland regional planning project is a joint initiative bringing together governments at all levels and the community to create a framework to guide future growth and development of the Central Queensland region.
The project was developed with input from community, industry, government and other interested parties, gathered over a period of three years. Development of the plan was overseen by the Central Queensland Regional Planning Committee (CQ A New Millennium Steering Committee).
The Central Queensland Regional Plan (Central Queensland Regional Growth Management Framework) was endorsed by state Cabinet in July 2002 as the principal, long-term, broad-based, integrated regional planning strategy to guide the management, growth and development in the region from 2002 to 2022.