The Blackwater Priority Development Area (PDA) was declared on Friday 30 July 2010. It encompasses the entire town north of the Capricorn Highway.

The Blackwater PDA includes existing houses, as well as some short term accommodation facilities, commercial and industrial uses and associated infrastructure.

Note: In February 2013, the Urban Land Development Act 2007 (ULDA Act) was repealed and replaced with the Economic Development Act 2012 (ED Act). From then on, land areas identified for priority development were referred to as Priority Development Areas (PDAs), not Urban Development Areas (UDAs), and existing UDAs were transitioned to PDAs under the ED Act. Any reference to the term UDA on this website is taken to mean a transitioned UDA, which is now known as a PDA.

Blackwater PDA

Blackwater PDA map

1. Blackwater State School
2. Blackwater Town Centre
3. Blackwater State High School
4. Blackwater Hospital
5. Golf Course
6. International Coal Centre
7. Blackwater Industrial Area
Yellow line: PDA boundary

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Delegation of development assessment powers to Central Highlands Regional Council

The Minister for Economic Development Queensland (MEDQ) has agreed to a request from Central Highlands Regional Council (CHRC) to delegate development assessment within the PDA to the council.

From 4 July 2016, CHRC is responsible for assessing any development applications on behalf of the MEDQ. All development applications will continue to be assessed against the Blackwater PDA Development Scheme under the Economic Development Act 2012 (ED Act).

What happens to existing development approvals within the Blackwater PDA?

How do I lodge a new application once delegation has commenced?

Will the development scheme continue to apply?

Who will assess compliance and undertake plan sealing for existing PDA approvals?

What if I want to lodge a change to an approval granted by the department?

Blackwater PDA Development Scheme

Blackwater Interim Land Use Plan

Infrastructure funding

Blackwater PDA regulatory map