Planning Scheme and supporting information

Planning scheme amendments and recent projects

Public Consultation for the review of the Hughes and Seaview Bargara Local Area Plan 

Council has undertaken more detailed land use and infrastructure planning for the Hughes and Seaview Bargara Local Plan area comprising the Emerging community zoned land between Hughes Road and Seaview Road at Bargara.  

While current local planning within Part 7 of the Planning Scheme offers high level direction for this growth area, Council identified a need for more detailed planning (particularly infrastructure planning) to respond to ongoing development pressures, address site specific challenges and constraints, and to provide certainty for residents, landowners, and developers regarding the future planning direction for the locality. 

This local plan review includes:

  • more detailed land use and infrastructure planning for the area south of Watsons Road (to Windermere Road); and
  • a review of the existing local plan north of Watsons Road (i.e., the original Hughes and Seaview Bargara Masterplan area), in relation to transport (roads and pathways) and stormwater infrastructure. 

This approach seeks to ensure consistency in direction over the local plan area and incorporates outcomes of the Bargara Emerging Communities Infrastructure Planning (Bargara ECIP) recently completed by Council. 

This review provides strategic recommendations to inform future amendments to the Planning Scheme and Local Government Infrastructure Plan (LGIP).

The proposed local plan is on public display from Monday, 19 June 2023 until Friday, 28 July 2023.

During this period, any person can make a submission to Council about the draft local plan. 

To view the proposed local plan and for details about how to make a submission, please visit the Our Bundaberg Region page.  

Interim Local Government Infrastructure Plan (LGIP) Amendment

At its Ordinary Meeting held 24 April 2023, Council resolved to adopt an Interim Local Government Infrastructure Plan (LGIP) amendment. This amendment commenced as Version 6.1 of the Planning Scheme on 12 May 2023. 

The Interim LGIP amendment ensures the Schedule of Works model and Plans for Trunk Infrastructure better align with Council's latest network planning and Capital Investment Plan (CIP). The updates include the following: 

  • inclusion of existing assets that have recently been constructed, provided or reclassified;
  • removal of future assets that have been constructed (are now existing), or are no longer required;
  • inclusion of future assets that have been conditioned under a development approval or newly identified in the CIP (identified through more recent network planning);
  • adopting more contemporary financial inputs that align with a revised base date of 2021 (from the previous base date of 2016).

For more information, please visit the Our Bundaberg Region page

View Gazette Notice 

View Version 6.1 of the Planning Scheme 

Planning Scheme Amendment No.11 (Building height and other matters)

At its Ordinary Meeting held 28 February 2023, Council resolved to adopt Planning Scheme Amendment No 11 (Building Height and Other Matters) comprising a Qualified State Interest Amendment and Minor / Administrative Amendments. The amendments commenced as Version 6.0 of the planning scheme on 10 March 2023.

The Qualified State Interest amendment strengthens current planning scheme provisions relating to building height, particularly for development in coastal locations within the Sea turtle sensitive area. The amendment replaces Temporary Local Planning Instrument No.1 of 2021 - Protection of Sea Turtles – Bargara Building Heights (TLPI 01/2021). As such, at its Ordinary Meeting held 28 February 2023, Council also resolved to repeal TLPI 01/2021 effective from 10 March 2023.

The Minor / Administrative amendments broadly seek to improve the operation, accuracy and efficiency of the planning scheme and makes amendments to use terms and definitions to reflect the regulated requirements within the Planning Regulation 2017

For more information, please visit the Our Bundaberg Region page. 

View Gazette Notice 

View Planning Scheme

Current and recent projects

To view current and recent projects please visit Council's Our Bundaberg Region website. 

Branyan Local Area Plan

Council is currently undertaking local area planning for part of Branyan identified for future urban growth under the Council’s Planning Scheme and the Wide Bay Burnett Regional Plan (2011). For further information or to subscribe for updates on this project please visit the 'Our Bundaberg Region' – Branyan Local Area Plan webpage.

Burnett Heads Town Centre Local Plan

Burnett Heads and the Port of Bundaberg are expected to experience significant growth over the next 10 to 20 years as the potential of the locality becomes a reality.

With the construction of the $71 million Knauf plasterboard plant and the recently declared State Development Area at the Port, there is immense potential for development at Burnett Heads.

Following these developments, Council expects that the town centre of Burnett Heads will come under development pressure as developers and land owners look to take advantage of surrounding economic development.  To guide this development and ensure it is appropriate for Burnett Heads, Council has prepared a local plan. 

Throughout April 2017, Council undertook public consultation within the Burnett Heads community. Following consideration of submissions, Council made some changes to the local plan.  The local plan was adopted by Council at its meeting held 10 October 2017. 

Council, in partnership with both the Australian Government under the Building Better Regions Fund and the Queensland Government under the Building our Regions Fund, delivered the Burnett Heads Town Centre Redevelopment. The construction tender was awarded to Development Construction Pty Ltd (DEVCON).

In October 2018, the Burnett Heads Town Centre Redevelopment reached practical completion as a key component in the implementation of the Burnett Heads Town Centre Local Plan.

As per recommendations in the Burnett Heads Town Centre Local Plan, Version 5.0 of the Planning Scheme incorporated planning outcomes from the local plan into the planning scheme. This includes outcomes for development of the Burnett Heads Boat Harbour and building height and design requirements in the Burnett Heads town centre. 

View Burnett Heads Town Centre Local Plan