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Streamlining land supply in South East Queensland

Legislation amendments will be prepared to deliver better planning outcomes for new population growth locations in South East Queensland. The bill will pave the way to formally recognise Priority Growth Areas, with Caboolture West being the first one.

Queensland’s strong health response and economic recovery has seen people flocking to the Sunshine State. Areas like Caboolture West are key to making sure we are catering for growth in a logical and considered way.

Caboolture West is identified as SEQ’s largest greenfield area, delivering around 30,000 new homes accommodating up to 70,000 people. This expected population growth is comparable to the current population of Mackay. That’s why it’s important to get the planning right for new growth and supporting infrastructure.

Up to nine primary schools and four secondary schools, as well as a new state arterial road corridor, are among key facilities needed to support the new urban development. Other proposed amenities include at least 70 hectares of green space with pedestrian and cycle paths along the Caboolture River.

Caboolture West will become a blueprint for other developments across South East Queensland. The department’s Growth Areas Team has been working with councils and industry to identify further Priority Growth Areas and is currently assessing several potential sites.

UDIA Queensland CEO Kirsty Chessher-Brown said the Institute supported the introduction of a new tool in the planning toolbox to allow the declaration of Priority Growth Areas.

“Today’s announcement lays the foundations for a more reliable pipeline of supply across the region, which is good for all levels of government, good for industry and good for house prices and affordability.” - UDIA Queensland CEO Kirsty Chessher-Brown

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Last updated: 02 Dec 2021