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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.

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.

The Regional Planning Interests Bill 2013 was introduced into the Queensland Parliament on 20 November 2013 and was passed on 20 March 2014.

The Regional Planning Interests Act 2014 (RPI Act) identifies and protects areas of Queensland that are of regional interest. In doing this, the RPI Act seeks to manage the impact and support coexistence of resource activities and other regulated activities in areas of regional interest. The RPI Act is supported by the RPI Regulation. Areas of regional interest mapped in the Central Queensland Regional Plan include 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.

For more information contact the department.