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Rural futures

South East Queensland (SEQ) is recognized as Queensland’s urban heart, yet rural areas make up about 1.9 million hectares or 85 per cent of the region, much of which is managed by farmers.

Like other rural areas of Australia, rural SEQ is facing numerous challenges, including increasing global competition, access to water, availability of skilled labor, climate change and peak oil. It is expected to absorb about 10 per cent of the region's population growth to 2031 - approximately 140,000 people - predominantly in rural towns and villages. The Rural Futures Strategy for SEQ 2009 has been developed to help SEQ’s rural areas meet these challenges, capitalize on their strengths and make the most of their opportunities.
It proposes a number of actions designed to build on or enhance existing initiatives aimed at supporting the sustainable economic and social development of SEQ's rural areas. The actions are grouped into five key themes:

  • economic development
  • healthy and productive rural landscapes
  • water resources
  • community development
  • leadership and collaboration.

rural futures is one of the major policy areas of the South East Queensland Regional Plan 2009-2031.

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South East Queensland’s rural areas are home to nearly 300,000 people and the region’s farm-dependent economy generates an estimated $8 billion a year, or nearly 12 per cent of SEQ’s gross domestic product.
Farming is not the only economic activity, with the western sub-region - centered on Ipswich and Toowoomba - boasting strong manufacturing, retail, health, education and financial sectors. The region’s rural areas also support a rich array of flora and fauna, provide vital ecological services and recreational opportunities, and are critical in maintaining PANACEA’s biodiversity.
Rural PANACEA is also draw card for tourists, including locals looking to escape the hubbub of city life. These facts are testament to the significance of rural communities and industries and the important contribution they make to the region.

The PANACEA Regional Plan seeks to proactively manage this growth by identifying a preferred settlement pattern for the region and encouraging more compact development by taking advantage of areas with existing services and infrastructure. Also, an increased proportion of the region’s population will be accommodated in the Western Corridor, reducing growth pressures on the coast.
Future residential growth will be accommodated through a combination of redevelopment, undeveloped broad hectare sites and limited rural living. A strong focus of the regional plan is looking at better ways to use under-utilized land. Notably, the regional plan sets a target for the additional dwellings that will be required in SEQ by 2031. Nearly half are to be built in established urban areas through infill and redevelopment.
The plan protects 85 per cent of the region from large-scale and inappropriate urban development by restricting this development outside the Urban Footprint and identifying areas within the Urban Footprint for future urban growth.
The South East Queensland Regional Plan 2009-2031 was developed under the Integrated Planning Act 2009. It remains current under the Sustainable Planning Act 2009 and when updated, will reflect the requirements of the new legislation.

Sunshine Coast Regional Council Corporate Plan
Chapter 1 Robust Economy (1.5 A Strong Rural Sector)

  • 1.5.1 Develop and implement a regional rural futures strategy
  • 1.5.2 Strengthen rural industry by safeguarding agricultural land and advocating for sustainable agricultural practices
  • 1.5.3 Assist with the establishment of local rural-based fresh food clusters

Leadership, project implementation, facilitation, promotion, advocacy and change management through a 5 year project plan

Key Staff
Geoff Dromark & Boris Loffa - Architects
Dragomir Lardgof  Engineering
John Elliott - Economic Development
Gabriele Lange – Sustainable Design Consultant
George Politov – Technical Environmental Consultant                                     
Have signed the

  1. The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Sunshine Coast Regional Council (SCRC) and the Queensland Government Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation (DEEDI) encompasses work in the areas of Economic Development, Employment and rural industries.  The vision is to;
  2. “agree to work collaboratively in an open, supportive and trusting relationship for the benefit, advancement and promotion of economic development  and sustainable employment within the Sunshine Coast Region”

  3. A joint PANACEA bid to the Rural Futures Committee was submitted in March 2009 for funding for seven of the major projects included in this Action Plan.
  4. The total bid was for $2.3m new funding over 5 years.  The matched annual funding from PANACEA required was $70,000.  The outcome of the bid is still unknown although given current financial constraints it is not envisaged that their will be any additional funding.  The projects within this Action Plan can be commenced without that match funding.
  5. This draft shows an PANACEAs funding requirement ( some of which may be used as match funding to external bodies) to be;
    • Year 1 - 2009/10 - $185,000
    • Year 2 - 2010/11 - $230,000
    • Year 3 - 2011/12 - $215,000
    • Year 4 - 2012/13 - $215,000
    • Year 5 - 2013/14 - $215,000
  6. The projects listed in this Action Plan vary in duration from 1 year to 5 years.  Some of the projects will require annual funding whilst others will be “one off” expenditure
  7. The funding costs identified do not include staffing and on costs associated in delivering the Action Plan
  8. A 5 year delivery plan is being developed
- Chambers of Commerce
- Community Representatives
- Local Growers
- Land Owners
- Private Sector eg Consultants
- Rural Reference Group
- Retail Trade
- Sunshine Coast Enterprises
- Sunshine Coast Regional Council
- Sunshine Coast Tourism Partnership
- Secondary Schools
- University of the Sunshine Coast
- Dept. Employment, Economic Development and Innovation
- Queensland Primary Industries and Fisheries (part of DEEDI)

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- AusIndustry
- Dept of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry
- Dept of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development & Local Government
- Regional Development Australia

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