CHaPs identifies and facilitates collaborative planning opportunities that lead to co-location and shared facilities.

The program provides a platform for all levels of government and industry to collaborate at a place level.

The result is well-considered, planned and cost-effective infrastructure that connects communities and supports the integration and delivery of community services for the benefit of all Queenslanders.

Since CHaPs was established in November 2014, the team has:

  • facilitated complex projects that contribute to local economic growth and job creation
  • maximised infrastructure and service delivery opportunities throughout Queensland communities
  • saved tens of millions of dollars in capital investment costs.

Featured project

Aura community hub

A joint commitment was facilitated by CHaPs between the Sunshine Coast Regional Council, Department of Education and Training and Stockland for a community hub in Aura, the emerging city neighbouring Caloundra on the Sunshine Coast.

Artist’s impression of Aura Community Hub
Artist’s impression of Aura Community Hub

The first stage of the development opens in January 2018. When completed, the hub will provide a primary school including a multi-purpose hall, a council community centre, community accessible school music and science/technology spaces, a neighbourhood sports park including shared use field, and shared car parking.

CHaPs facilitated the co-design of the education, sporting and community facilities and secured a capital contribution from the private sector developer, Stockland, to deliver the facilities earlier for the emerging community.

To ensure all partners and the community will benefit from this hub well into the future CHaPs helped parties agree:

  • scope and operational requirements of the hub
  • land allocation, ensuring lot boundaries maximised the integration between the school, community and sporting facilities
  • funding commitments of each partner.

Project snapshots


Facilitated partnerships between the resource industry, the Queensland Government, Isaac Regional Council and community based stakeholders to deliver a youth and community hub to enhance service delivery and improve liveability in Moranbah.

Western Downs

Partnered with regional stakeholders including local government, resource industry and state agencies to respond to challenges and opportunities arising from changing industry and community profiles. Identified actions to drive growth and jobs, and improve liveability in the Western Downs region.


Driving growth, development and job creation through innovation in potential new industries/enterprises and planning for community services in the emerging Yarrabilba community.


Driving engagement with private sector (developers), local government and state agencies to deliver innovation in planning for community services and economic growth in Providence, an emerging town in the Ripley Valley.

Hervey Bay

Facilitated multiple stakeholder interests to progress work towards the establishment of the proposed education precinct and medical precinct in Hervey Bay town centre.


Led strong, cross-sector and community engagement to facilitate development of an Inala Precinct Plan for the delivery of a community centre, within a network of existing services and facilities, to meet the changing needs of the Inala community.


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'Place-based Policy' podcast

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