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An iconic place declaration identifies:

  • the characteristics or qualities of the place’s natural or built environment that the minister is satisfied reflect or contribute in a substantial way to Queensland’s character (the place’s iconic values)
  • any provisions (each a protected planning provision) of the local planning instruments of each relevant local government that the minister is satisfied protect the place’s iconic values
  • any local laws of each relevant local government that the minister is satisfied protect the place’s iconic values.

On 20 June 2008 the Honourable Paul Lucas, Deputy Premier and then Minister for Infrastructure and Planning, made the following declarations:

Amendment to the Noosa declaration  

On 8 May 2009, the Sunshine Coast Regional Council announced its adoption of an amended version of the planning scheme for the former Noosa Shire effective 11 May 2009.

On October 9 2009, the Honourable Stirling Hinchliffe, then Minister for Infrastructure and Planning made the following declaration:

Amendment notice Noosa Iconic Declaration (pdf 72 KB)

Community feedback

The Iconic Queensland Places Act 2008 declarations were created in consultation with the relevant communities. Submissions from the communities involved:

Please note these community submissions are not authored by the Queensland Government. They are provided for information purposes only - see our disclaimer for more information.

Protection for iconic places

From 3 June 2011, the protection mechanisms for declared iconic places are provided for under SPA.  These mechanisms relate to planning schemes, temporary local planning instruments and structure plans (planning proposals). Iconic impact reports for planning proposals are required until such time as the local government’s amalgamated planning scheme is in place.

If a local government makes a planning proposal that may impact on the iconic values of a place, the local government must prepare an iconic impact report for consideration by the relevant advisory panel.  The advisory panel can make recommendations about the planning proposal as part of its advisory report back to the local government.  The impact report, advisory report and the local government's response to the advisory report must be provided to the Minister.

If the Minister considers the proposal would be inconsistent with protecting the iconic values, and advises the local government it may adopt the proposal, the Minister may impose conditions to ensure the iconic values are preserved.

Further information

For more information view the advisory panels and the Sustainable Planning Act 2009 (PDF).