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Key details

The Blackwater Priority Development Area (PDA) covers the majority of the town of Blackwater and is situated to the north of the Capricorn Highway. The PDA seeks to deliver broader housing options for the region.

The PDA includes existing houses, some short-term accommodation facilities, retail, open space areas, and commercial and industrial development.

The PDA was declared on 30 July 2010.

Development scheme

The development scheme is the regulatory document which assists with planning, carrying out, promoting, coordinating and controlling land development within the PDA.

The Blackwater PDA Development Scheme (PDF icon 1.8 MB) commenced on 28 July 2011.

Note: Amendments to the Economic Development Act 2012 have changed the interpretation of PDA exempt and PDA self-assessable development. More information

Development assessment

Central Highlands Regional Council assesses development applications for this PDA.

Development applications are assessed against the development scheme.


Funding and building infrastructure is key to facilitating development within PDAs and is outlined in the Infrastructure Funding Framework ( 1.4 MB).

Development project

Blue Ridge Blackwater

Blackwater PDA regulatory map

Download the Blackwater PDA regulatory map (PDF icon 343 KB).

Blackwater PDA boundary map

Last updated: 22 Mar 2022