Investment Profile

The Central Highlands (map) is nestled in the heart of Queensland, straddling the Tropic of Capricorn and covering an area of almost 60,000 square kilometres. A significant portion of Australia’s largest coal reserve, the Bowen Basin, sits in the Central Highlands and is also neighbour to the Galilee Basin, described as Australia’s new mining province.

The Central Highlands is also characterised by its sub-tropical climate, fertile soils and secure water supply from Fairbairn Dam. These have given rise to thriving and diverse agricultural and horticultural industries.


  1. We are a dynamic and growing region, outpacing Queensland’s average population and GRP increases.
  2. Our economy’s strength lies in its diversity, ensuring the region continues to survive and thrive during softer periods in the national and global economies.
  3. We are located in the heart of Queensland, with easy access to other major regional centres and the State’s capital Brisbane.
  4. The Central Highlands Regional Council and Central Highlands Development Corporation proactively encourage, foster and support investment.
  5. The Central Highlands has a young population (median age of 31, compared to 36 in Queensland) with a larger percentage of ‘young workforce’ (25-34) than Queensland (16.7%, compared to 13.6%).
Investment incentives are available.

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