Declared in June 2014, the 105,996-hectare Galilee Basin State Development Area (SDA) comprises two 500-metre wide corridors from the Galilee Basin to the Port of Abbot Point.

The Galilee Basin is a 247,000 square kilometre thermal coal basin in central Queensland. It 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 support the development of the Galilee Basin and provide an efficient way to transport coal to the Port of Abbot Point- one rail corridor is designed to service the central Galilee Basin and a second corridor will service the southern Galilee Basin.

The SDA enables a coordinated approach to developing multi-user common rail corridors whilst minimising impacts on landholders and the environment.

The exact timeframe for development of the rail corridors is dependent on investment decisions made by private sector rail proponents.


Benefits of the Galilee Basin SDA

The Galilee Basin SDA and its associated development scheme:

The Galilee Basin SDA Development Scheme

The Galilee Basin State Development Area Development Scheme (PDF icon 2.8 MB) is a regulatory document that controls planning and development within the Galilee Basin SDA.

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

The development scheme contains a development assessment framework for making, assessing and deciding applications and requests relating to development within the Galilee Basin SDA. The most common is an SDA application for a material change of use (MCU). SDA applications for an MCU in the Galilee Basin SDA may be assessable or self-assessable, where the development can meet the self-assessable criteria.

The development scheme for the Galilee Basin SDA is supported by a public consultation policy (PDF icon 65 KB) that provides information on matters the Coordinator-General may consider when determining whether public consultation of an SDA application is required.

The Galilee Basin SDA maps and land use precincts


Landholder relationship guide

Landholder Liaison Manager

Further information

For further information on the Galilee Basin SDA, contact the SDA Division on 1800 001 048 or via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.