Queensland Government to Declare Cairns South a Special Economic Zone HOME > Queensland Government to Declare Cairns South a Special Economic Zone

The Queensland Government will declare an 856-hectare parcel of land south of Cairns a State Development Area (SDA) to support the future growth and diversification of the Cairns economy.

The proposed Cairns South SDA is east of the Bruce Highway and north of Gordonvale at Wrights Creek.

Encourage the Cairns community to be able to participate in the economy of the future including capitalising on the advanced manufacturing, bio-futures, biomedical and defence related industries.

Once declared the SDA will support the region’s growing intermodal and freight related industry, warehousing, heavy and civil engineering businesses, as well as creating an opportunity for development associated with the government’s priority industries of bio-futures, advanced manufacturing and defence.

The SDA had the potential to attract regionally significant industrial development to the area and ensure the southern Cairns growth corridor had the right land available to harness those opportunities when they present, including opportunities supporting agricultural industry.

Following the declaration, the next step is the preparation of a draft development scheme to plan and regulate development in the SDA.

Another key advantage of this SDA is its proximity to the Bruce Highway and North Coast rail line, which he said presents a real opportunity to respond to changing trends in the rail freight sector.

Public consultation on a draft development scheme for the SDA is expected to occur in the first half of next year.

For more information on the Cairns South SDA visit: http://dsdmip.qld.gov.au/cairns-south-sda or http://dsdmip.qld.gov.au/resources/project/cairns-south-sda/potential-cairns-south-sda-overview.pdf