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Declared in 1993, the Gladstone State Development Area (SDA), located north-west of Gladstone, is a defined area of land dedicated for industrial development and materials transportation infrastructure.

Comprising of 27,194 hectares of land adjacent to the Port of Gladstone, with connections to major rail networks and Australia's national highway, the Gladstone SDA is the ideal investment location for projects of national and international significance.

Managed by the Coordinator-General, the Gladstone SDA supports economic development in a way that considers environmental, cultural and social issues as well as existing industry and surrounding infrastructure within the region.



The Gladstone SDA development scheme

The Gladstone SDA development scheme is a regulatory document that controls development within the Gladstone SDA (predominately land use and operational work for the clearing of native vegetation). First approved by the state government in 2001, the development scheme has been amended numerous times. The current version was approved in November 2015 following an extensive strategic review.


Download the current Development scheme for the Gladstone State Development Area (PDF icon 3.2 MB).


The previous three versions are available below.

The development scheme is supported by a policy on public consultation (PDF icon 98 KB).

The Gladstone SDA maps and targeted land use precincts

Land use assessment and approval

Land ownership

Further information