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Galilee Basin State Development Area

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:

  • protects the geographic area where new rail infrastructure could be located
  • controls development in an efficient way that considers existing industry and surrounding development
  • provides proponents seeking to export coal from the Galilee Basin with potential access to rail infrastructure
  • provides guidance and development certainty to industry
  • minimises impacts on landholders and other stakeholders through the development of multi-user common rail corridors
  • ensures development recognises and manages impacts to social, cultural and environmental values.

Further information

For further information on the Galilee Basin SDA, contact the Office of the Coordinator-General on 1800 001 048 or via

Last updated: 02 Jul 2024