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Law Reform · Healthy Communities

Have your say: draft SEQ regional plan

23 February, 2017

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

You can find a copy of the draft plan, along with supporting information here, and information from EDO Qld below.

Download EDO Qld's template to help supercharge your submission!

Thank you to all of those who participated in our workshop and LawJam last Thursday night, we were very pleased with the level of engaged participation at both events.

Access the recording of our info seminar here.
(Please note you will have to log in to the site to view the video).

A big thanks to SEQ Catchments Members Association Inc for hosting the community workshop, and to Professor Darryl Low Choy of Griffith University and Mr Paul McDonald of Healthy Waterways and Catchments for joining with us to provide these events and for their contributions on the evening.

The slides from our workshop and LawJam can be found here:


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: http://www.shapingseq.com.au/ShapingSEQ/documents

Key suggestions from EDO Qld:

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!

  • Stronger protection for the newly identified ‘regional biodiversity values’ – broaden this to include the urban footprint which still contains valuable and vulnerable ecosystems and environmental features;
  • Stronger protection for both ‘regional biodiversity values’ and ‘regional biodiversity corridors’ such that they are protected as matters of state environmental significance, and required to be mapped throughout Queensland regions (this would need to be provided through instruments outside of the SEQ Regoinal Plan)
  • Require mapping and protection of areas that are ideal sites for renewable energy, to avoid conflicting land uses and to support this thriving industry that is essential to helping us meet our climate change commitments.
  • Improvements are needed to ‘Measures that matter’ to ensure that they have specific, measurable outcomes, rather than vague or missing goals, to assist with measuring our progress and identifying where we need to amend our framework to achieve our goals. Also, measures relevant to levels of fragmentation and koalas, and other key biodiversity indicators, would be useful.

Stay tuned for our template submission which will provide more helpful tips to assist you with your submission.

Make sure you have your say!

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 SEQRegionalPlan@dilgp.qld.gov.au
    • 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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