North West Queensland covers an area of more than 200,500 square kilometres and is home to approximately 28,700 people.
The region is renowned for its mineral wealth, including over one quarter of the world’s known lead and zinc reserves. It has a thriving pastoral industry and diverse and spectacular natural features.
Over 70% of the region’s residents live in Mount Isa, the remainder in rural and remote communities. The region’s resident population is projected to grow to 32,500 people by 2031.
The North West Regional Plan was released on 10 August 2010.
The plan will guide land use and development in the region over the next two decades. It will help sustain the region’s communities, strengthen its economy, inform the delivery of social services and infrastructure, 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 North West Regional Plan is part of the state government’s wider regional planning program, led by Growth Management Queensland. Queensland’s regional planning framework has been recognised as a world-class strategy for sustainable population growth.
The North West Regional Plan was developed under the Integrated Planning Act 1997 and remains current under the Sustainable Planning Act 2009.