Covering 230,000 square kilometres, South West Queensland is one of the most sparsely populated and remote regions in the state. Its population of approximately 8,200 people is expected to decline slightly over the next 20 years, by about 160 people, or 0.1 per cent annually.
Charleville is the major rural activity centre in the South West region. Despite its low urban density, compared to the state’s other major rural activity centres, Charleville—along with the region’s rural activity centres of Augathella, Cunnamulla, Quilpie and Thargomindah - services the region.
The South West Regional Plan was released on Thursday 13 August 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 South West Regional Plan was developed under the Integrated Planning Act 1997 and remains current under the Sustainable Planning Act 2009.