Maranoa–Balonne encompasses rich cropping and grazing lands and significant reserves of coal seam gas, conventional gas and petroleum within a 108,000 square kilometre area. The region includes a significant part of the Queensland Murray- Darling Basin, including the catchments of the Maranoa and Balonne-Culgoa river systems.
The region’s population is approximately 18,000. Modest growth is expected over the next 20 years, largely arising from developments in the energy sector.
Roma is the major regional activity centre in Maranoa–Balonne. Along with the region’s major rural activity centre - St George - Roma will continue to provide the services and facilities to support the region’s communities.
The Maranoa–Balonne Regional Plan was released on Tuesday 22 September 2009.
The plan will guide land use and development in the region over the next two decades. In the process it will help sustain the region’s communities, strengthen its economy and protect its environment. The plan is part of the state government’s Blueprint for the Bush program, which seeks to build sustainable, liveable and prosperous rural communities.
The Maranoa-Balonne Regional Plan was developed under the Integrated Planning Act 1997 and remains current under the Sustainable Planning Act 2009.