SEQ Regional Plan (‘ShapingSEQ’) submission
  • Last updated:
  • 10 Aug 2018

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.