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As the economic, social and cultural hub of Queensland, South East Queensland (SEQ) has been subject to sustained high levels of growth since the early 2000s. While this growth has significantly altered the region, the state government has been successful in harnessing the opportunities it has provided to enhance SEQ's liveability and prosperity, through utilising effective growth management tools and frameworks such as the South East Queensland Regional Plan (SEQRP).

The first statutory regional plan for SEQ came into effect in 2005, and the current regional plan (the South East Queensland Regional Plan 2009-2031 (PDF icon 3.49 MB)) refined and modified the strategic directions, principles and policies of the first statutory plan, in response to changing circumstances and revised population forecasts.

The review of the current South East Queensland Regional Plan (SEQRP) is now underway in response to the region’s changing population in both size and demographics. The revised SEQRP will set policy directions and targets to address this shift, including creating a region which is well-designed with communities that provide a diverse range of affordable living. The plan will also seek to boost jobs growth across the region, in the industries of the future. The new SEQRP will drive for a region that is smart, sustainable, compact, connected, safe and healthy for now and into the future.

In line with the state government's focus on ensuring genuine public participation, transparency and engagement in the planning process, the state government is committed to delivering community conversations and a new draft SEQRP for public consultation in 2016. To have your say and help shape the future of South East Queensland, and the places and spaces where we live, work and play, please visit the Shaping SEQ website. You can also visit the Shaping SEQ ideas hub at various community events across SEQ.

The South East Queensland Regional Planning Committee plays a key role in advising the Minister on the preparation of the regional plan for the region. The committee will meet at key stages throughout the regional planning process. It is chaired by the Deputy Premier (in her role as Minister for Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning), and includes another six ministers and the mayors from each local government area in the region.

The South East Queensland Regional Planning Committee met on three occasions in 2015 and this year on 20 April 2016.

The South East Queensland Regional Plan includes the local government areas of:

  • Brisbane City Council
  • Gold Coast City Council
  • Ipswich City Council
  • Lockyer Valley Regional Council
  • Logan City Council
  • Moreton Bay Regional Council
  • Noosa Shire Council
  • Redland City Council
  • Scenic Rim Council
  • Somerset Regional Council
  • Sunshine Coast Regional Council
  • Toowoomba Regional Council (part only).

For more information please contact the department.