The Gladstone SDA Development Scheme is a regulatory document that controls planning and development within the Gladstone SDA. First approved by the state government in 2001, the development scheme has been amended numerous times. The current version was approved in November 2015 following an extensive strategic review.
Download the current Gladstone State Development Area Development Scheme ( 3.2MB).
The development scheme contains a development assessment framework for making, assessing and deciding applications and requests relating to development within the Gladstone SDA, predominately land use and operational work for the clearing of native vegetation.
The development scheme is supported by a Public consultation policy ( 65 KB) that provides information on matters the Coordinator-General may consider when determining whether public consultation of an SDA application is required.
The Gladstone SDA Regulation map ( 2.7MB) defines the boundary of the declared Gladstone SDA.
The Development precinct map ( 103 KB) forms part of the development scheme and identifies the precincts within the Gladstone SDA.
Industry precincts within the Gladstone SDA account for approximately 13,350 hectares and include land designated for:
- high impact industry
- high impact industry, particularly for the LNG industry
- medium - high impact industry
- medium - high impact and port related industry
- medium impact industry
- low - medium impact industry.
Examples of industries include:
- mineral and resource refining and processing
- chemical and industrial material manufacturing
- metal product manufacturing and processing
- storage of dangerous goods, abattoir and waste management
- manufacturing of wood, metal, glass, plastic and plastic products
- food processing and manufacturing
- boiler making, engineering works and assembling metal products.
Other precincts within the Gladstone SDA provide for:
- a materials transportation and services corridor to accommodate linear infrastructure
- transport and support services such as warehousing, transport depot, container depot, storage yards and construction services
- waste management such as residue storage facilities
- low impact industrial development such as repairing and servicing and fitting and turning workshops
- separation between industrial activities and sensitive receptors
- environmental management.
Approximately 1620 hectares of the Gladstone SDA on Curtis Island has been set aside as an environmental management precinct. The land is owned by the Coordinator-General, and the Department of Environment and Science is responsible for its management.
Testimonial: LNG industry milestone for Gladstone State Development Area
Five years after receiving project approval from the Coordinator-General, Australia Pacific LNG (APLNG) celebrated the first shipment of liquefied natural gas (LNG) leaving its facility in Gladstone on January 9, 2016. Origin's Group Manager Pipelines & Networks Operations, David Johnson shares with us his experience in working with the Office of the Coordinator-General throughout the project.
Located nine kilometres north-west of Gladstone, the APLNG plant on Curtis Island is one of three LNG plant and pipeline projects facilitated by the Coordinator-General within the Gladstone State Development Area (SDA) and the Callide Infrastructure Corridor SDA.
As a joint venture between Origin, ConocoPhillips and Sinopec, the APLNG project includes a processing plant and export facility and 750kms of underground gas transmission pipelines from the Walloons Gasfields.
To help facilitate the LNG projects, the Coordinator-General extended and varied the Gladstone SDA to include land on Curtis Island, where the LNG plants are now located, and identified a multi-user infrastructure corridor to contain underground gas transmission pipelines through to the plant sites on Curtis Island. The Coordinator-General also declared the Callide Infrastructure Corridor SDA to provide for the transportation of coal seam gas (CSG) to the Gladstone SDA, via underground transmission pipelines.
David Johnson said the Office of the Coordinator-General's facilitation of the development provided a valuable benefit to the delivery of the project and ongoing operation of the assets.
“The coordinated approach by the Office of the Coordinator-General was paramount in achieving project milestones by ensuring APLNG, landholders and the general community were adequately consulted; desired outcomes were effectively negotiated; and Government, gas proponents, landholders and the community worked together to achieve a common goal,” David said.
The Coordinator-General's SDA team worked with APLNG, along with other gas proponents for the Gladstone LNG Project and the Queensland Curtis LNG Project to coordinate the assessments and access to land for the three projects, while reducing impacts on the community and environment within the Gladstone SDA and the Callide Infrastructure Corridor.
David said the SDA licences in the common corridor provided structure and process, allowing the three gas proponents to achieve a coordinated approach rather than trying to negotiate individual outcomes with common landholders.
“Without the coordination and development of a common corridor facilitated by the Coordinator-General's team, it would have been left to gas proponents to individually negotiate easements with respective landholders. This would have caused considerable and unnecessary stress on individual landholders.
“The certainty of access for construction within the SDA also meant that construction methods, materials and design could be managed more effectively in a common corridor, with less impact on landholders.
“The regular meetings, as required under the corridor licences, between gas proponents and the SDA team coordinators, provided a forum for gas proponents to discuss any issues or concerns they may have had whereby each could learn from and ensure that design and construction efficiencies from a coordinated approach between proponents could be identified. This was vital to the successful construction of all three transmission pipelines in a timely manner.”
David said his experience with the APLNG project demonstrated that the Gladstone SDA and Callide Infrastructure Corridor offered definite economic and social benefits to business, industry and the community.
“Hubs such as Gladstone were able to take advantage of the increased employment and procurement opportunities. Local businesses such as hotels, restaurants, supermarkets, transport and construction saw benefits from increased trade and in turn were able to create additional employment opportunities.
“By recognising the emerging CSG-LNG export industry and supporting a dedicated LNG precinct on Curtis Island, Queensland is building a world class LNG industry for Australia.”
A significant portion of land within the Gladstone SDA is owned by the state government, with the Coordinator-General owning 8152 hectares of land and the Minister for Economic Development Queensland (EDQ) owning 11,054 hectares of land within the Gladstone SDA.
Download a current map ( 1.01 MB) showing the land owned by the Coordinator-General and the Minister for Economic Development within the Gladstone SDA.
For more information on the land owned by the Coordinator-General contact the SDA Division on 1800 001 048. The Coordinator-General's land holdings include land for multi-user infrastructure corridors, industrial development and buffer areas.
Visit the EDQ Industrial Development website to view industrial land available for sale and lease within the Gladstone SDA from the Minister for Economic Development Queensland.