Current Strategies and Plans


Council undertakes strategic studies in order to plan for the development and use of land into the future.  Once a study has been completed, Council may undertake a planning scheme amendment. This may update the Planning Scheme to reflect the findings and recommendations of the study.

Current studies underway in Central Goldfields:

Economic Development Strategy

This strategy was adopted at Council on 24 March 2020 (Council also adopted the Tourism and Events Strategy which is accessed via the Tourism and Events page). This finished strategy is captured in two draft documents:

The final strategy will be available soon.

Further information

For further information on the Economic Development Strategy, contact Philip Schier, Manager Strategy and Economic Development, on 5461 0610 or email

Population, Housing and Residential Settlement Strategy

The draft Population, Housing and Residential Settlement Strategy is now available for the community to view and provide feedback.

The purpose of the Strategy is to provide direction for residential growth and form under a range of growth scenarios, in order to meet the anticipated needs of the Shire’s population from 2020-2035.

Feedback is required by Monday 27 April, 2020 and is invited via:

·       Email:

·       Mail: Attention Strategic Planning, Central Goldfields Shire Council, 22 Nolan Street, Maryborough, 3465

For more information and to view the Draft Strategy visit:

Further information

For further information on the Population, Housing and Residential Settlement Strategy, contact Philip Schier, Manager Strategy and Economic Development, on 5461 0610 or email

Central Goldfields Shire Council Planning Scheme Review

Council is required to review the Central Goldfields Planning Scheme every four years, in order enhance its effectiveness and efficiency.  The review must evaluate the Scheme to ensure that it

  • meets Ministerial guidelines;
  • sets out effectively the policy objectives for use and development of land in the municipality;
  • is effective in applying State and local policy objectives.

What is the review process?

Data and evidence are collected.

The Consultant will compile existing data and information for the municipality, review the performance of the current planning scheme and factor in broader strategic trends to inform the key strategic directions for the future.

Issues and Options paper

The summary of evidence collected so far is compiled into an issues and options paper [see link below].

Community input

We sought community input and feedback to ensure that we hear and understand the key issues that people feel the planning scheme should address.

Planning Scheme Review Report

We will use the feedback we receive from the community and other key stakeholders to draft the Planning Scheme Review Report. We anticipate that the final report, taking into account community submissions, will be ready for Council to consider early in 2020.

Adoption by Council

The Review Report is adopted by Council and submitted to the Minister for Planning.

Implement the actions and recommendations

Council will consider the actions and recommendations outlined in the review report. Implementation of some immediate priority issues and recommendations may be undertaken through the process of a planning scheme amendment. The amendment process will provide opportunities for further community consultation. Recommendations that require further work will help shape Council’s strategic planning program for the coming years.

What we have done so far

In the first round of consultation, our consultant held discussions with referral authorities and experienced council staff.   Further consultation involved an email to regular planning scheme users and an open community drop-in session in Maryborough.  In these forums we asked the stakeholders to define their aspirations for Central Goldfields, what they wanted to see stay the same and what they wanted to change. A result of this is the Issues and Options(PDF, 618KB) paper.

Our consultant is developing the final Planning Scheme Review report which will be presented to Council for adoption.   

Further information

For further information on the Central Goldfields Planning Scheme Review, contact Amy Bell, Strategic Planner, on 5461 0685 or email