New Planning Scheme

Western Downs Planning Scheme

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

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Lest We Forget

Anzac Day

The Western Downs will be commemorating Anzac Day with services across the region on Tuesday 25 April 2017

Find out locations and times…

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Chinchilla Community Benefits Trust

Applications are now open for the 2017 round of funding through the Chinchilla Community Benefits Trust

Submissions close 21 April 2017

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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

1 day ago

TGIF! Check out what's happening this weekend in the Western Downs thanks to Western Downs Invites You! Are you a not for profit community group with an event coming up? Email for more information on how to better promote your event. ~ WDRC Comms Team

Western Downs Regional Council

1 day ago

Kickstart your career with WDRC! Just like Natalie and Shayla, pursue your passions and find your perfect fit with a range of traineeships, apprentices, cadetships and work experience opportunities with Council across the Western Downs. Make sure to keep an eye out on our Current Vacancies page for upcoming 'earn and learn' opportunities. Can't find what you're looking for? Give our Learning and Development team a call on 1300 COUNCIL (1300 268 624). ~ WDRC Comms Team

Western Downs Regional Council

2 days ago

This Anzac Day, join us in paying tribute to the generations of Australian and New Zealand men and women who have, and continue to, bravely defend our values and freedoms. Commemorative services and events will be held across the Western Downs on Tuesday 25 April. To find out full details of your local services, follow our event below. ~ WDRC Comms Team

Western Downs Regional Council

2 days ago

From paleontology to spiders and drones... the Chinchilla Cultural Centre will be transformed when the World Science Festival Brisbane regional program returns for a supercharged FREE celebration of science on Saturday 1 April. Enjoy some serious fun with top scientists, researchers and professionals from geosciences, arachnology, biomedical research, robotics, engineering, astronomy and agriculture putting on some awesome activities, demonstrations and talks. The World Science Festival will also be providing a Community Bus service, helping residents from Wandoan, Miles and Tara get safely and conveniently to and from the festival. To reserve your seat call 07 4592 6503 and reference “World Science Festival Brisbane – Chinchilla bus”. We hope to see you there! ~ WDRC Comms Team

Western Downs Regional Council

3 days ago

Earn and learn at WDRC! If you're interested in health and safety in the workplace, and would love to gain hands on experience whilst completing a qualification, apply now for our Work Health and Safety Trainee position. Start today! Applications close Monday 3 April 2017 #joinwdrc

Nominations Now Open for Australia Day Awards 2018

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

Water inspection program

An approved inspection program for water supply will be conducted from 1 April to 30 June 2017

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WDRC 2017 – 2022 Corporate Plan

Council’s 2017 – 2022 Corporate Plan is now available