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Shaping Southern Downs

ShapingSouthernDownsLogo-RGB-04Council has developed a vision document, Shaping Southern Downs, to guide the future of the region. Shaping Southern Downs will identify and enhance the strengths and attributes of the region to create a bigger and better Southern Downs by:

  • defining a clear vision for our region

  • providing strategies and actions to pursue that vision

  • committing the Council and key stakeholders to grow the region’s population

Shaping Southern Downs Vision Document  (PDF 13.9MB)

Shaping Southern Downs is an important project. It will provide a shared platform for partnership and action across Council, community, business, community groups, service providers and other State Government organisations. It will also form a foundation for the new Corporate Plan and new Southern Downs Planning Scheme. 

Shaping Southern Downs aims to grow the region’s population to 50,000 residents by attracting and retaining youth, and working-age people and promoting the region’s unique mix of urban and rural lifestyles. Population growth will bring a wide range of benefits, including an increased range of businesses and services and employment opportunities which will strengthen Southern Downs as a great place to live, work and invest.

Four key themes underpin Shaping Southern Downs:

  1. Growth: Accelerating population growth in the region to create a diverse and resilient community that consolidates urban centres and protects rural character and lifestyle.

  2. Connect: Maintain and enhance transport networks that connect the region with surrounding places to ensure efficient movement of commodities, services and skills.

  3. Sustain: Southern Downs’ rural landscapes and natural assets are protected and nurtured to sustain the region’s resilient communities and unique country lifestyle offering.

  4. Prosper: Strengthen existing industries and encourage business growth to increase employment opportunities and create a viable and high-value economy.

Shaping Southern Downs Bulletin (PDF 2.4MB)

Have Your Say!


Shaping Southern Downs Survey - CLICK HERE.

Council is inviting residents to take the future of the region into their own hands by taking part in the community engagement process and sharing their ideas for a bigger and better Southern Downs.

The community can share their ideas and thoughts during community consultation workshops which will be held as per below:

Workshop  Date  Time  Location 
Warwick Wednesday, 13 June 2018 5:30 to 7:30 pm Clippers
65 Victoria St, Warwick 
Stanthorpe  Thursday, 14 June 2018
5:30 to 7:30 pm  Stanthorpe QCWA
Victoria St, Stanthorpe 
Allora  Thursday, 21 June 2018  5:30 to 7:30 pm  Senior Citizens Centre
Cnr Herbert & Drayton Sts, Allora 
Killarney  Friday, 22 June 2018  5:30 to 7:30 pm  Senior Citizens Centre
11 Ailanthus St, Killarney 



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