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Southern Downs Planning Scheme

The Southern Downs Planning Scheme is an important document for shaping our region, our home. This document will direct where, how and what development occurs, what infrastructure and public spaces should be provided for communities, environment and building protection and land uses.

We want to hear from our community, businesses, and industry about what you’d like to see Southern Downs become, and ensure this document reflects your needs and aspirations. We've defined five key themes for this survey that will help shape the final planning scheme:

  1. Housing
  2. Business and Tourism
  3. Environment, Natural Hazards and Climate Change
  4. Heritage, Culture and Character
  5. Agricultural Areas

We want to hear from our community, businesses and industry to ensure the new planning framework reflects the needs and aspirations of our residents. Continue reading to find out how you can get involved, and read our Planning Scheme Factsheet (PDF 740.3KB) and Project Timeline (PDF 404.9KB) for further details:

Planning Scheme Fact Sheet

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Project Timeline

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Online interactive map

Show us where you’d like to see change, interventions or where you currently experience challenges.

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Online Survey

Tell us what’s important to you! The survey should take 15-20 minutes to complete. You can answer all or just the questions that feel are important to you.

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Pitch your idea for Future Southern Downs

Enter the competition to put forward your innovative idea for how you’d like to see your future Southern Downs. A panel of local representatives and industry experts will be keen to hear your ideas, with a generous prize making it more than worth your while!

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Public drop-in and pop-up events during November

Come and talk to our planning and engagement team at an ‘Open House’ events near you:

  • Stanthorpe- Wednesday 3rd Nov 4.30-6pm
  • Killarney- Thursday 4th Nov 4.30-6pm
  • Warwick- Wednesday 10th Nov 4.30-6pm
  • Allora- Thursday 11th Nov 4.30-6pm






If you would like to ask the planning or engagement team a question about how this will impact you or how you can get involved, please get in touch via email at: mail@sdrc.qld.gov.au


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