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Declared in June 2014, the Galilee Basin State Development Area (SDA) will support the development of the Galilee Basin and provide an efficient way to transport coal to the Port of Abbot Point.

The 247,000 square kilometre Galilee Basin is located about 200 kilometres west of the Bowen Basin, extending north past Hughenden, south to Charleville and west beyond Winton and Middleton.

The Galilee Basin SDA will enable a coordinated approach to developing multi-user common rail corridors whilst minimising impacts on landholders and the environment. The SDA generally comprises two 500 metre-wide corridors from the Galilee Basin to the Port of Abbot Point - one rail corridor designed to service the central Galilee Basin and a second corridor will service the southern Galilee Basin.

The Galilee Basin SDA:

  • protects the geographic area where new rail infrastructure could be located
  • controls development in an efficient way that considers existing industry and surrounding development
  • provides proponents seeking to export coal from the Galilee Basin with potential access to rail infrastructure
  • provides guidance and development certainty to industry
  • minimises impacts on landholders and other stakeholders
  • ensures development recognises and manages impacts to social, cultural and environmental values.

Frequently asked questions


  • Regulation map (PDF icon 2.4 MB) - shows the boundary of the declared Galilee Basin SDA.
  • Development precinct map (PDF icon 2.6 MB) - identifies the extent of the precincts within the Galilee Basin SDA. The map forms part of the development scheme.

Detailed maps

Development scheme

Planning and development in the Galilee Basin SDA is controlled by a development scheme.

The development scheme was approved by the Governor in Council in October 2015.

Download the current development scheme

Download the previous development schemes

Public consultation policy

The development scheme for the Galilee Basin SDA is supported by a Public consultation policy (PDF icon 98 KB) that provides information on matters the Coordinator-General may consider when determining whether public consultation of an SDA application is required.


Since being declared, the Galilee Basin SDA and the Development Scheme for the Galilee Basin SDA have been varied. The Galilee Basin SDA was varied on 4 September 2015. The Development Scheme for the Galilee Basin SDA was varied on 9 October 2015.

Applications and requests

There are a number of applications and requests relating to development in the Galilee Basin SDA that require approval by the Coordinator-General.

Landholder relationship guide

The landholder relationship guide (PDF icon 281 KB) sets out the state's expectations for the interactions between proponents of projects within a State development area and persons occupying land, or holding interests in land.

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