“[There’s] plenty of water in the river, good country, lifestyle.” — Scott Schneider, Yaamba

Our strategy’s framework


Mount Archer Environmental Park

CQSS:2030 is building on the region’s previous natural resources management plans: the Central Queensland Strategy for Sustainability — 2004 and beyond (CQSS2) and Sustainable Futures 1998. Now over 10 years old, CQSS2 established a solid foundation for the improved management of the region’s natural resources. Since 2004, there have been many changes — to our knowledge, to our communities and industries, and to the wider political and economic world to which we are connected.



There are many people with an interest in managing the environment. Within central Queensland we have a diverse and changing mix of communities and industries that all have a role to play. CQSS:2030 provides a blueprint for how we can collectively work together to better manage, and protect, our natural assets. This website also demonstrates, to stakeholders outside our region, our credentials as sustainable communities and industries.

Who’s the strategy for

CQSS:2030 is written for members of the community, the natural resource managers and the institutions that influence resource management in central Queensland. These include all community members who have an interest in natural resource management, all individuals and enterprises who directly manage our natural resources, and all the organisations that influence how our resources are managed, from the United Nations to our local Landcare groups.


CQSS:2030 acts as an umbrella, providing information, support and strategic direction for a range of activities undertaken by various stakeholders in the region. Related plans and programs in the region are diverse. They include statutory plans such as Water Resource Plans and the CQ Regional Plan, industry-led initiatives such as agricultural industry Best Management Practice programs, facilitative programs such as the Australian Government-funded Reef Programme, and community-led programs such as the Cultural Heritage and NRM Plan proposed by FBEC. In addition, there are plans and programs that operate at different scales – such as cross-regional plans like the Reef Water Quality Protection Plan, offset corridors, species recovery plans and so forth.

The connection between CQSS:2030 and other plans and programs in the region will vary, but in general CQSS:2030:


In turn, plans and programs at other scales to CQSS:2030, are:

FBA, as the regional NRM organisation, will lead the delivery of some of the plans and programs. FBA also takes responsibility for the ongoing maintenance and oversight of CQSS:2030, and the review and reporting of progress towards the objectives and strategies.

Strategy development

The review of CQSS:2030 has been progressed through a number of important steps.

Science synthesis process

The science synthesis processes commenced by collating scientific reports released since 2004. These were compiled and summarised by each natural asset and are available in the CQSS:2030 Science Synthesis Report. An expert panel was convened and undertook a ‘synthesis’ of the available information. In addition, a suite of research projects were commissioned by the Australian Government and these will provide important information about climate change scenarios and potential impacts. Refer to the CQSS:2030 Science Synthesis Report for further information.

Community and institutional feedback

Community and organisation feedback has been sought through a number of channels.

Sixteen meetings with key institutional partners occurred in 2013-2014. A community survey was conducted by DCCA, CHRRUP, Capricornia Catchments, and the Three Rivers Sub-Region and the Boyne-Calliope Sub-Region. The survey collected 204 responses that described what people value about central Queensland, changes they have witnessed and natural resource management issues that concern them.

The Community Sector Summary describes the CQ community’s broad composition and outlines key strategies that that will ensure our communities remain sustainable for the long term.

Twelve interviews have been conducted with leaders across different industry sectors. The interviews asked for industry perspectives on issues facing their industry and how CQSS:2030 may contribute to solutions.

Industry sector summaries have been prepared for the Grazing, Coal and Coal Seam Gas, and Cropping sectors. Each sector summary outlines the current situation and identifies the key strategies that will ensure central Queensland’s industries remain sustainable into the future.

Initial meetings have been held with FBEC and presentations made to the Traditional Owners.

A number of presentations and workshops have been delivered to the FBA Board and a sub-group of the Board was established to provide oversight and governance of the strategy review process.

Further details of the community engagement process used in preparing CQSS:2030 are provided in CQSS:2030 Consultation and Engagement Report — Phase 1.

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