New Planning Scheme

Western Downs Planning Scheme

The Western Downs Planning Scheme was adopted by Council on 15 March 2017

View the new Planning Scheme

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My Community Directory

Promote Your Community Group

Add or update your community group details on Council’s FREE online My Community Directory

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Western Downs WaterWise

Watering Times

Watering times are in effect across the Western Downs

See full details of current water restrictions for your area

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Events in the Western Downs

Western Downs Invites You

Planning a weekend away or just wanting to catch up with friends and family? Visit our comprehensive online events calendar for local community events.

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One Number for All Services


We have one number for all your enquiries

Just call 1300 COUNCIL (1300 268 624)

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Western Downs Regional Council

2 days ago

Visiting Mongolian journalism students from The University of Queensland - UQ today met with Cr Andrew Smith to discuss the impact and management of mining development in the Western Downs. The students were keen to understand and learn from our experience, and we think Cr Smith did a great job of passing on his knowledge (with the help of a translator, of course!). Check him out in action below 👇👇👇 And to our Mongolian visitors: Бид та удахгүй дахин биднийг очих болно гэж найдаж байна! ~ WDRC Comms Team

Western Downs Regional Council

2 days ago

Today, Council has #goneblue in support of Dalby State School, with all proceeds raised going directly to the rebuilding effort. It's been fantastic to see our local businesses, not-for-profits, and schools get behind our own, and we're proud to be a part of the supportive, generous and compassionate community that is the Western Downs. #everonwards

Western Downs Regional Council

2 days ago

Council's new Economic Development and Tourism Strategies are all about enhancing the Western Downs, and showcasing what's on offer in our fantastic region! ~ WDRC Comms Team

Western Downs Regional Council

3 days ago

Are you an experienced Civil Engineer looking for your next leadership opportunity? Do you have a strong background in managing design services, and a passion for sharing your knowledge and expertise with others? Apply now for our Senior Civil Design Specialist position: Applications close 11 May 2017 #joinwdrc

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Nominations Now Open for Australia Day Awards 2018

Celebrate our local heroes by nominating them for an Australia Day Award

Western Downs Youth Week 5-10 June 2017

Free events include circus workshops, side show activities, games and afterparty

Free Food Handlers Course July 2017

Register now for free Food Handlers Course sessions in Chinchilla, Dalby and Tara in July