1. Introduction

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1.1 Economic Development Act

The Economic Development Act 2012[1](the ED Act) establishes the Minister for Economic Development Queensland (MEDQ) as a corporation sole to exercise the functions and powers of the ED Act.

The main purpose of the ED Act[2] is to facilitate economic development, and development for community purposes, in the state. The ED Act[3] seeks to achieve this by establishing the MEDQ and providing for a streamlined planning and development framework for particular parts of the state declared as priority development areas (PDAs).


1.2 Priority Development Area

The Bowen Hills PDA was declared by regulation[4]on 28 March 2008.

The PDA is approximately 108 hectares bound by Bowen Bridge Road and Enoggera Creek to the west, the Mayne Rail Yards and Breakfast Creek to the north, Water Street and St Pauls Terrace to the south and Breakfast Creek, Cintra Road and Markwell Street to the east. The boundaries of the PDA are shown on map 1.

Map 1: PDA boundary

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1.3 Application of the development scheme

The Bowen Hills PDA Development Scheme (the development scheme) is applicable to all development on land and water[5]within the boundaries of the PDA.

The development scheme became effective on 3 July 2009 and was amended on 1 April 2010 and 21 June 2019


1.4 Content of the development scheme

The development scheme consists of the following:

  1. the Land use plan that regulates development in the PDA (section 2)
  2. the Infrastructure plan that describes infrastructure required to support achievement of the Land use plan and states applicable infrastructure charges (section 3), and
  3. the Implementation strategy that describes actions that complement the Land use plan and Infrastructure plan to achieve the main purpose of the ED Act (section 4).