Current Strategic Projects

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 and Tourism Strategy

This strategy aims to provide a clear economic development vision and action plan for Central Goldfields Shire that builds on existing strengths and is responsive to local conditions and aspirations.

As well as providing a platform for securing strategic investment and partnerships, it is intended that the strategy will take a ‘bottom up’ economic development approach by identifying ways to support start-ups and small businesses to thrive. An inclusive approach that helps the whole community to participate in, and benefit from, a growing economy is also a key aspect of the process.

Council has partnered with Urban Enterprise to undertake initial consultation, independent research and analysis to identify the most important local issues within broader regional, national and global trends and put forward some potential actions for inclusion in the strategy. This work is captured in two Background and Discussion Papers – one for the general economy(PDF, 7MB) and one for the visitor economy of tourism and events(PDF, 4MB) .

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

Population, Housing and Residential Settlement Strategy

Central Goldfields Shire Council is undertaking a Population, Housing and Residential Settlement Strategy.

Interested community members are invited to participate in the formation of the strategy by reading background information and completing a survey.

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.

Council has engaged Spatial Economics to undertake research and data analysis to provide an evidence base for decisions about how and where future residential growth should be directed.  A short paper covering key issues to consider will be available for reading, along with background documents for those who want to study the detail.

Issues include:

  • how much the population might increase due to external factors
  • whether Council should be pro-active in trying to attract new residents
  • the changing nature of household sizes, and the places people want to live
  • meeting the needs of older residents
  • the constraints of flood, bushfire risk and the natural urban boundary provided by forest surrounds
  • the cost of infrastructure to service new development
How can I get Involved?

Residents can share their ideas by completing the Population, Housing and Residential Settlement Strategy Online Survey

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.

Where are we?


CGSC planning scheme review timeline


Further information

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