Planning Scheme and supporting information

Planning scheme amendments and recent projects

Proposed Interim Local Government Infrastructure Plan (LGIP) Amendment

On 28 February 2023, Council decided to make an interim amendment to its Local Government Infrastructure Plan (Interim LGIP Amendment) and carry out public consultation on the proposed amendment.

The purpose and general effect of the interim LGIP amendment is to ensure 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 further information or to have your say please visit the Our Bundaberg Region site.

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 Version 6.0 of the 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.

Review of Local Area Planning for Bargara South

Council is currently reviewing the Planning Scheme provisions that apply to land within the area bounded by Hughes, Seaview, Watsons, and Windermere Roads, Bargara (see Locality Plan). Council is undertaking this work to better inform future development within the locality.

The current planning in place for this area, shown in the Planning Scheme (see Figure 7.2.1 - Central Coastal Urban Growth Area Structure Plan Concept) identifies most of the area primarily for traditional residential development. This review is intended to provide further direction regarding the layout and timing/sequencing of development infrastructure required to service the area, such as roads, pathways, parks, water, and wastewater, with most of this area currently located outside the Priority Infrastructure Area in Council’s Local Government Infrastructure Plan.

For further information or to discuss this project please contact Council’s Strategic Planning team on phone 1300 883 699 or email

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