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SEQ Regional Plan: free seminar on Thursday 16 February

8 February 2017

The draft South East Queensland (SEQ) Regional Plan has been released and is open for comment until midnight on Friday 3 March 2017. Read more…

To help you with your submissions, EDO Qld is working with the Qld Department of Planning and two regional planning experts to put on a free workshop and seminar on Thursday 16 February in Brisbane to help you supercharge your submission to address your concerns effectively.

From 4pm-5.30pm: Community Workshop: visions for SEQRP a workshop to discuss your concerns and dreams for South East Queensland

From 6pm-7.30pm: EDO Qld LawJam: A seminar to hear from key experts in regional planning and how your concerns can be met through the SEQRP, with Q’n’A

  • Revel Pointon, Law Reform Solicitor, EDO Qld
  • Kerry Riethmuller, Associate Executive Director, Department of Planning
  • Darryl Low Choy, Professor, Griffith University School of Environment
  • Paul McDonald, General Manager, Healthy Waterways and Catchments


Where: Cliftons, 288 Edward St, Brisbane


The SEQ Regional Plan is an important regional planning tool, which can direct how both the state and local governments undertake planning and development decision-making in SEQ. Regional Plans override planning schemes where there is inconsistency.

As part of the package released for consultation, there are numerous background papers which provide more information as to the policies which shaped the new SEQ Regional Plan. We recommend you review these background papers, which are under the following headings:

  • Background paper 1: Grow – considers the preferred pattern of settlement to best manage projected regional growth in SEQ
  • Background paper 2: Prosper – considers the approach to supporting improved economic and employment outcomes for the region
  • Background paper 3: Connect – considers the infrastructure demands and integrating land use and transport planning to improve outcomes in the region
  • Background paper 4: Sustain – considers issues for the protection and management of our natural environment and sustainable social outcomes for our communities
  • Background paper 5: Live – considers ways to improve the quality of design and amenity in our urban areas

The government has collated the preliminary responses to the ‘Shaping SEQ’  community consultations; check out whether your response has been adequately captured, by reviewing the responses here.

You can find the full suite of documents here:

Key elements EDO Qld would like to see come through the review to create a new SEQ Regional Plan are, amongst other things:

  • stronger mapping which locks in certain vulnerable environmental areas and corridors as protected from being developed; and
  • to ensure that it reflects and is based on the detailed understanding of the region’s natural assets which we now have.

EDO Qld will be providing an in-depth analysis and suggested submissions on the SEQ Regional Plan, with a view to protecting SEQ’s diverse ecologies and maintaining or improving healthy communities in our region. We will notify supporters via our e-bulletin, so make sure you are subscribed!

You can also attend one of the Department of Planning’s “talk to a planner” sessions. These will be one-on-one sessions with a planner who can answer your questions, held across SEQ throughout November and December. Register your interest…

Also – important planning instruments have been released and are currently open for comment. The Development Assessment Rules are open for comment until 19 December (find out more), and the State Planning Policy, Planning Regulation, and State Development Assessment Provisions are open for comment until 10 February (find out more) . Make sure you have your say!

Stay tuned for our template submission to assist you, coming in mid-February.

How to lodge a submission

Submissions must be provided to the Department of Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning in writing and include the following information:

  • first and last names
    • addresses (home or business)
    • signatures (unless lodged electronically).

You may lodge your submission in several ways.

  • Online, here
    • By email, to
    • By post, to Draft South East Queensland Regional Plan Review Feedback, Department of Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning, PO Box 15009, City East QLD 4000.

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Qld planning reforms: have your say on supporting instruments by 5 February (02/06/2016)

Qld planning reforms: have your say on proposed legislation by 18 January (13/01/2016)

Qld planning reforms: supporting instruments – seminars (05/01/2016)

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Qld planning reforms: have your say on draft framework by 23 October (21/10/2016)

Special extra LawJam on proposed planning framework (19/10/2016)

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New planning framework: much more work to be done, for community rights and for the environment(20/09/2016)

Have your say on planning reform, using our submission template (24/07/2016)

Here’s why community participation in planning is vital to protecting your environment (07/07/2016)

Have your say on the future of planning in Queensland! (25/06/2016)

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