SEQ Regional Plan (‘ShapingSEQ’) submissions
  • Last updated:
  • 11 Jun 2020

Preliminary Submission to SEQ Regional Plan review 2014

To inform the SEQ Regional Plan review 2017, council undertook a range of investigations outlined in the ‘Planning for Growth to 2041 Summary Report[2347KB]’.

Key findings of council investigations

  • the Moreton Bay to Sunshine Coast Regional Inter-urban Break[524KB] should be maintained and preserved in its current state. It contributes more than $5 billion to the SEQ economy and supports key economic policy objectives of the State, particularly in the context of tourism and agriculture. A (separate) joint submission[469KB] from both Moreton Bay and Sunshine Coast regional councils on the Inter-urban Break to the state government further highlights its importance.
  • The Beerwah East Identified Growth Area (IGA) rather than the Halls Creek IGA, is the preferred long-term growth area for the Sunshine Coast given its location[9366KB] and proximity to major road and rail transport infrastructure and the CAMCOS corridor. The Beerwah East IGA also poses less risk to water quality in the internationally-recognised Ramsar protected Pumicestone Passage; and
  • The Sunshine Coast can accommodate its long term growth needs to 2041 by supporting growth in and around the railway townships, planning for growth in Beerwah East and supporting urban renewal along the Maroochydore to Caloundra Priority Transit Corridor as depicted in the ‘Planning for Growth to 2041 Concept Plan[1148KB]’.

Preliminary submission to the SEQ Regional Plan review

Council wrote[2360KB] to the then Deputy Premier, Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning on 4 December 2014 outlining how growth is intended to be managed on the Sunshine Coast to 2041. The letter provided a preliminary submission to the SEQ Regional Plan review, for the state government’s consideration in preparing a draft SEQ Regional Plan.

SEQ Regional Plan ShapingSEQ submission 

A submission was made by council to the Queensland Government on the draft South East Queensland Regional Plan in March 2017.


The South East Queensland (SEQ) Regional Plan 2017 (‘ShapingSEQ’) is the Queensland Government’s plan to guide the future of the South East Queensland region to 2041 and beyond. The plan has policies and strategies including growth targets that council is required to address in its planning.  

Community engagement

The state government ran an extensive community consultation program for the draft South East Queensland Regional Plan that involved engagement activities over a 15 month period. The statutory consultation period was held between 20 October 2016 and 3 March 2017 and attracted 3,324 submissions.

Through consultation with the community over many years, council was well-placed to advocate to the Queensland Government on the key issues for managing the future growth of the Sunshine Coast. These positions are further outlined in the Sunshine Coast Planning Scheme 2014 and the Preliminary Submission to the SEQ Regional Plan review 2014.

During consultation on the draft plan, council encouraged the community to make a submission having regard to council’s planning documents. A video was also produced outlining council’s planning for the region and why we need to protect the inter-urban break in perpetuity (as opposed to aspects of the draft SEQ Regional Plan vision). 

Council submission

Download Council’s submission to the draft SEQ Regional Plan (‘ShapingSEQ’) here[5529KB].

A range of issues raised in council’s submission were addressed in the final SEQ Regional Plan.  In the final plan, the inter-urban break was increased in size and provisions relating to Potential Future Growth Areas were further strengthened to ensure that that there wasn’t an expectation that Halls Creek would be investigated for urban development during the life of the plan.  Some modifications were also made to Regional Economic Clusters to better align with council policy intentions.  The Beerburrum to Nambour Rail Upgrade Project was included as ‘priority region-shaping infrastructure’.

Where to from here?

After considering the submissions, the state government finalised the SEQ Regional Plan in August 2017.  The SEQ Regional Plan is reviewed by the state government every 5-7 years.  


For more information about council's submission, please contact the project co-ordinator via council's customer service centre.

More information about the SEQ Regional Plan can be obtained from the Department of State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning.