Darling Downs Regional Plan
- Regional planning in the Darling Downs ( 864 KB)
- The Darling Downs Regional Plan Q&As ( 148 KB)
- The Darling Downs region ( 138 KB)
- What is a regional plan? ( 124 KB)
- Preparing the regional plan ( 970 KB)
- Outcomes sought for the region ( 148 KB)
The Darling Downs region has some of Queensland's most diverse agricultural assets and an abundance of coal, natural gas and other resource deposits. These sectors are key drivers of the state's economy.
The region has experienced significant change following growth in the mining and gas industry sectors. The State Government in recognition of existing and future opportunities associated with the agricultural and resource sectors has prioritised the preparation of a regional plan for the Darling Downs. The regional plan will provide improved certainty for communities and business through specific land use mapping. In the Darling Downs, the regional plan will provide direction for the competing demands associated with the resources and agricultural industries. The regional plan will foster economic opportunities, address land use conflicts and build strong regional communities.
The Darling Downs region includes the six local government areas of:
- Toowoomba Regional Council
- Southern Downs Regional Council
- Goondiwindi Regional Council
- Western Downs Regional Council
- Maranoa Regional Council
- Balonne Shire Council.
The Darling Downs Regional Plan is being prepared to resolve land use conflicts arising from agricultural and mining activities, foster diverse and strong economic growth; plan and prioritise infrastructure; and manage impacts on the environment.
The region was formally designated on 29 June 2012, with the Regional Planning Committee gazetted on 20 July 2012 and the committee's inaugural meeting held in Dalby on 24 July 2012.
The Queensland Government is committed to preparing a draft version of the Darling Downs Regional Plan and making it available for public comment in mid-2013.
The final Darling Downs Regional Plan is scheduled for release late 2013.
For more information please contact the department.View the regional planning process