Qualified State Interest Amendment 1 of 2018 (Road Hierarchy Overlay)

On 28 March 2018, at its Ordinary meeting, council decided to undertake a Qualified State Interest amendment to the Planning Scheme. Consultation with a number of internal and external stakeholders was undertaken during the preparation of the proposed amendments, including consultation with relevant State agencies.

The purpose and general effect of the qualified state interest amendment is to update the road hierarchy overlay maps included in the Mackay Region Planning Scheme 2017, by:

  • Updating road hierarchy classifications to be consistent across the region
  • Consequential mapping changes to reflect the updated classifications
  • Mapping changes to:
    • Reflect new roads
    • Amendments and updates to future road alignments
    • Correct minor errors and achieve consistency.

The amendment was formally submitted to the state on 15 August 2018. On 19 September 2018, the State Government confirmed in writing that the proposed amendment meets the requirements of a qualified state interest amendment and that it may now proceed to public consultation.

Public consultation

Consultation on the proposed Qualified State Interest Amendment 1 of 2018 to the Mackay Region Planning Scheme 2017 was undertaken from Monday, October 8, 2018 until and including December 10, 2018. The proposed amendments which went on public consultation are available below:

  • A summary of the proposed amendments to the Mackay Region Planning Scheme can be viewed here
  • An updated version of the proposed Road hierarchy overlay maps can be viewed here

On February 13, council resolved to endorse the consultation report which includes responses to all submission items. A copy of the consultation report is available here.


Following public consultation, a number of small changes were made to the road hierarchy mapping in response to submissions, as a result of new information or to correct errors. On 19 February 2019 the finalised amendment and consultation report were submitted to DSDMIP for approval.

State approval of the consultation package and finalised amendment was provided on 27 March 2019 and on 24 April 2019 Council adopted Qualified State Interest Amendment 1 of 2018.

Qualified State Interest Amendment 1 of 2018 will commence as part of Version 2.2 of the Mackay Region Planning Scheme 2017 on June 17, 2019.

The adopted Road hierarchy overlay map can be viewed here.