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Central West Queensland is one of the most sparsely populated and remote regions in the state.

Its population of more than 12,500 people is expected to remain steady over the next 20 years. Longreach is the major rural activity centre in Central West Queensland. Along with the region’s rural activity centres - Barcaldine, Bedourie, Blackall, Boulia, Jundah and Winton - Longreach services an area of almost 420,000 square kilometres.

The Central West Regional Plan was released on Thursday 10 September 2009. The plan will guide land use and development in the region over the next two decades. In the process it will help sustain the region’s communities, strengthen its economy and protect its environment. The plan is part of the state government’s Blueprint for the Bush program, which seeks to build sustainable, liveable and prosperous rural communities.

The Central West Regional Planning Committee advises the regional planning minister about planning in Central West Queensland.