Declared in June 2014, the 105,996-hectare 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 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 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 for the Galilee Basin State Development Area (PDF icon 2.8 MB)

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.


Since being declared, the Galilee Basin SDA and the Development Scheme for the Galilee Basin SDA have been varied.


Galilee Basin SDA Boundary

  • Addition of approximately 80 hectares of land to the Galilee Basin SDA as a result of updated information from industry proponents regarding a proposed rail alignment and an existing rail corridor.

Development Scheme for the Galilee Basin SDA

  • Maps at Figures 1 and 2 replaced with a new Figure 1: Development Precinct map to include approximately 80 additional hectares of land in the Rail Corridor Precinct.
  • Editorial amendments and corrections to improve functionality and readability.

Development Scheme for the Galilee Basin SDA

  • Regulation of an SDA application for operational works (in circumstances where an SDA application for a material change of use is sought).
  • Removal of the requirement for land owner's consent for an application where the land is owned by the State.
  • Exclusion of certain categories of development from assessment against the development scheme.
  • New process rules and assessment criteria to support the proposed changes.
  • Various template and formatting changes.

Previous versions of the development scheme are available below:

Previous versions of maps of the Galilee Point SDA are available below:

Land use assessment and approval

Landholder relationship guide

Further information