Planning Scheme

The Gympie Regional Council Planning Scheme was adopted at Council's Special General Meeting held on  Wednesday, 12 June 2013 and commenced on Monday, 1 July 2013. Amendments to the Planning Scheme commenced on 28 June 2017 to create the Gympie Regional Council Planning Scheme 2013 version 1.3.

The Planning Scheme is a living document which sets out the Gympie Regional Council's intention for the future development in the Planning Scheme Area, over the next 20 years. The Planning Scheme applies to the entire Gympie Region, including all premise, roads, internal waterways and local government tidal areas.

Local Development Area Structure Plans

The Local Development Areas (LDAs) of Southside, Victory Heights and East Deep Creek are identified in the Gympie Regional Council Planning Scheme 2013 (the Planning Scheme), as available for future residential purposes (Southside) and employment purposes (Victory Heights and East Deep Creek). Refer to the map outlining each LDA below:

Southside LDA Study Area

Following extensive stakeholder engagement, including two rounds of community consultation, Council approved the Final Southside LDA Structure Planat its Ordinary Meeting of 25 January 2017 as a guide for development assessment purposes.

The Structure Plan will be used to inform the assessment of any development applications lodged in the LDA, until such time as the Gympie Regional Council Planning Scheme 2013 is amended to reflect the approved Structure Plan. The amendment process will commence immediately in line with State Government legislative requirements, which will also include a subsequent period of public notification of the proposed amendments to the Planning Scheme. The supporting background Planning Report  provides further detailed information that has informed the Draft Structure Plan. 

East Deep Creek LDA Study Area

Council is preparing a Structure Plan for the East Deep Creek Local Development Area. The Study Area is approximately 440ha in size and is comprised by densely vegetated areas and larger lots with cleared pasture, along with established rural residential, industrial and extractive industry uses. The catalyst of the structure planning exercise at East Deep Creek is the inclusion of large areas of industry-zoned land in the Gympie Regional Council Planning Scheme 2013. Council wishes to facilitate development in this area by preparing an overarching strategic level plan in light of opportunities and constraints of the area. Proposed future development in this precinct is required to comply with an adopted structure plan as referenced in the current Planning Scheme.

This Structure Plan will show the areas where industrial development can occur, what the local road network might look like and which areas would likely remain undeveloped due to constraints. The draft Structure Plan outlines intent to maximise industrial development to support the future employment growth of Gympie.

The project team is hosting one-on-one sessions to seek your feedback on the draft Structure Plan including the Study Area Plan. This is the first step in the process and an opportunity to have a say about the draft Structure Plan and the proposed future development of the Study Area.

One-one-one sessions

One-on-one sessions will be held between 9am and 5pm on 5 July, 2017 with the project team. If you would like to discuss the draft Structure Plan in detail with a member of the project team please book in for a 15 minutes one-on-one session by emailing or phoning 5481 0413 with details of your property and preference for a session time. 

Making a submission

After reviewing the draft Structure Plan, write a list of any questions or concerns you may have. Your submission may contain facts, opinions, arguments or recommendations. Where possible, please relate your comments to the relevant sections of the draft Structure Plan. 

Your contact details and signature should be included in the submission. Please also include the name of the organisation and the submitter's position within the organisation (if applicable).

Submissions must be made in writing and can either by email to or post to Planning Strategy and Major Projects, PO Box 155, Gympie, Qld, 4570.

Click here for the feedback form.

Submissions are due by Sunday, 23 July, 2017.

More information about the project will be displayed on this web page as it progresses. 

For more details, please contact Council’s Planning Strategy and Major Projects Branch via email at or via phone on (07) 5481 0413.

Public consultation

Council is currently undertaking a review of a number of Council planning and development instruments. Your feedback is appreciated.

Current public consultation.

Planning Scheme Factsheets

Council are developing a number of factsheets regarding common questions arising for the implementation and interpretation of the Gympie Regional Council Planning Scheme 2013.

Superseded Planning Schemes

The Planning Schemes below have been superseded by the current version of the Gympie Regional Council Planning Scheme 2013.

Superseded Gympie Regional Council Planning Scheme 2013

Historic Planning Schemes

Prior to amalgamation in 2008, the respective Shires that now make up the Gympie Regional Council Government Area administered individual planning schemes. These include:

Former Cooloola Shire Council Planning Scheme

Former Kilkivan Shire Council Planning Scheme

Former Tiaro Shire Council Planning Scheme