The Central Queensland region includes the five local government areas of:
Banana Shire Council
Central Highlands Regional Council
Gladstone Regional Council
Livingstone Shire Council
Rockhampton Regional Council
Woorabinda Aboriginal Shire Council.
On 14 October 2013, the Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning approved the Central Queensland Regional Plan, which has been prepared with a strong focus on resolving land use competition between the agricultural and the resource sectors and driving economic development.
The policies contained in the regional plan will contribute towards the protection of strategic areas of priority agricultural land use from potentially incompatible resource activities and maximise opportunities for co-existence of resources and agricultural land use.
The regional plan also safeguards areas required for the growth of towns in the regions through the establishment of Priority Living Areas while providing for resource activities to locate within these areas where it meets communities' expectations as determined by the relevant local government.