The Wide Bay Burnett region is one of the most diverse regions in Queensland, boasting outstanding natural assets and resources, agricultural land, and unique townships.

The region’s agriculture, renewable energy, manufacturing and tourism industries are key contributors to Queensland’s economy.

The region includes the local government areas of:

  • Bundaberg Regional Council
  • Cherbourg Aboriginal Shire Council
  • Fraser Coast Regional Council
  • Gympie Regional Council
  • North Burnett Regional Council
  • South Burnett Regional Council.

Like many regions across Queensland, Wide Bay Burnett is experiencing a period of significant growth and change that will bring huge opportunities for its people and businesses.

The Draft Wide Bay Burnett Regional Plan 2022 ( 47.1 MB) is proposed as the new regional plan for the region. The mapping for the draft regional plan can also be viewed in an interactive tool.

Prepared in partnership with local governments, local industries and the broader community, the Draft Wide Bay Burnett Regional Plan 2022 highlights the opportunities for the region over the next 25 years.

The Draft Wide Bay Burnett Regional Plan 2022:

  • establishes a shared vision for Wide Bay Burnett’s future and provides the steps to achieve this
  • identifies and plans for the continued development of a diverse economic profile
  • responds to region-specific challenges and opportunities
  • informs major strategic planning and infrastructure decisions for local governments and state agency’s forward planning and delivery
  • provides support for key planning directions through committed actions.

The Draft Wide Bay Burnett Regional Plan 2022 has a strong focus on attracting and retaining people in the region, promoting workforce opportunities, enhancing the region’s existing economic strengths while growing emerging industries, and reinforcing the region’s positive reputation for liveability and community.

It does this by providing a strengthened economic strategy for the region and identifying integrated land use and infrastructure planning responses, including actions to be delivered over the short, medium and long term.