The Blackwater East Priority Development Area (PDA) was declared at the request of Central Highlands Regional Council (CHRC) on 21 June 2013 and provides an opportunity to support economic development and facilitate development in response to the future growth needs in the Bowen Basin.

The PDA is located east of the existing Blackwater township and north of the Capricorn Highway, adjoining the existing Blackwater PDA. The area is currently vacant land and covers an area of approximately 130 hectares.

Development of the PDA will seek to cater for future growth through the delivery of a sustainable community that offers housing, diversity, accessibility and choice.

Blackwater East

Blackwater East PDA map

1. Capicorn Highway
2. Blackwater Town Centre
3. Blackwater North State School
4. Blackwater State High School
5. Blackwater Hospital
6. International Coal Centre
Yellow line: PDA boundary

Delegation of development assessment powers to Central Highlands Regional Council

The Minister for Economic Development Queensland (MEDQ) has agreed to a request from Central Highlands Regional Council (CHRC) to delegate development assessment within the PDA to the council.

From 4 July 2016, CHRC is responsible for assessing any development applications, on behalf of the MEDQ. All development applications will continue to be assessed against the Blackwater East PDA Development Scheme under the Economic Development Act 2012 (ED Act).

What happens to existing development approvals within the Blackwater East PDA?

How do I lodge a new application once delegation has commenced?

Will the development scheme continue to apply?

Who will assess compliance and undertake plan sealing for existing PDA approvals?

What if I want to lodge a change to an approval granted by the department?

Adoption of the Blackwater East PDA Development Scheme

Infrastructure funding

Blackwater East PDA regulatory map

Blackwater East Interim Land Use Plan