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Central Queensland Regional Plan

The Central Queensland region is experiencing rapid economic and investment growth as a result of record levels on investment from the resources sector. In 2011–12, around 75 million tonnes of coal was produced in the region accounting for 40 per cent of Queensland's total coal production. Agricultural production continues to grow strongly in Central Queensland accounting for almost 10 per cent of total agricultural production in the state. As a result, Central Queensland is currently one of the most prosperous regions in the state and has a strong economic outlook.

The Central Queensland region includes the five local government areas of:

  • Banana Shire Council
  • Central Highlands Regional Council
  • Gladstone Regional Council
  • Livingstone Shire Council
  • Rockhampton Regional Council
  • Woorabinda Aboriginal Shire Council.

On 14 October 2013, the Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning approved the Central Queensland Regional Plan.

The regional plan took effect from the date of gazettal (PDF icon 249 KB)

The Central Queensland Regional Plan (PDF icon 6.8 MB) has been prepared with a strong focus on resolving land use competition between the agricultural and the resource sectors and driving economic development.

The policies contained in the regional plan will contribute towards the protection of strategic areas of priority agricultural land use from potentially incompatible resource activities and maximise opportunities for co-existence of resources and agricultural land use.

The regional plan also safeguards areas required for the growth of towns in the regions through the establishment of Priority Living Areas while providing for resource activities to locate within these areas where it meets communities' expectations as determined by the relevant local government.

Maps of the Priority Agricultural Areas and Priority Living Areas by local government for the Central Queensland region are available online.

On 20 November 2013, The Queensland Government introduced the Regional Planning Interests Bill 2013. The main focus of the Regional Planning Interests Bill is to manage the impact of resource activities in areas of Queensland identified in the bill as an area of regional interest. An area of regional interest in the Central Queensland Regional Plan includes mapped priority agricultural areas and priority living areas.

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The draft Central Queensland Regional Plan (PDF icon 7.1 MB) was released for public consultation from 28 June 2013 to 20 September 2013. The submissions received during the consultation period were considered in finalising the plan.

The region was formally designated on 29 June 2012, with the Regional Planning Committee gazetted on 20 July 2012.

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Last updated on Wednesday, 08 January 2014