Moranbah is located within the Isaac Regional Council area, approximately 200 kilometres south-west of Mackay in Central Queensland.

The Moranbah Priority Development Area (PDA), declared on 30 July 2010, is a 1218 hectare area made up of a number of different sites within the existing Moranbah town plus a large site to the west of Goonyella Road.

Note: In February 2013, the Urban Land Development Act 2007 (ULDA Act) was repealed and replaced with the Economic Development Act 2012 (ED Act).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.


Moranbah PDA map

1. Moranbah Golf Course
2. Moranbah Hospital
3. Moranbah sporting fields
4. Coles supermarket
5. Moranbah State High School
6. Moranbah East State School
7. Moranbah State School
Yellow line: Priority Development Area boundary

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Delegation of development assessment powers to Isaac Regional Council

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

From 3 May 2016, IRC is responsible for assessing any development applications on behalf of the MEDQ. All development applications will continue to be assessed against the Moranbah PDA Development Scheme under the Economic Development Act 2012 (ED Act).

What happens to existing development approvals within the Moranbah PDA?

All existing development approvals remain in effect.

What happens to current applications at the time of delegation?

All current applications are delegated to IRC for assessment, except those which have been properly made which remain with EDQ to minimise disruption to the applicant.

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

All new development applications are to be lodged with IRC. Further details on IRC's lodgement process can be found on its website at

Will the development scheme continue to apply?

Yes, development applications will continue to be assessed against the Moranbah development scheme under the ED Act. The MEDQ has requested IRC to prepare a new planning scheme for the local government area including the area covered by the PDA. The development scheme will be revoked when the planning scheme is approved. There will be opportunities for the community to be involved in the planning scheme preparation.

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

Compliance assessment and plan sealing will be undertaken by IRC.

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

Changes to approval applications are to be lodged with IRC.

Moranbah PDA Development Scheme

Moranbah Interim land use plan

Infrastructure funding

Moranbah PDA regulatory map