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Infrastructure Charges and Incentives Infrastructure Charges and Incentives

Under the Planning Act 2016, infrastructure charges are triggered and issued on development approvals for Reconfiguring a lot, Material Change of Use and Building Work as a contribution towards the cost of "trunk" infrastructure provided to service development.

For development approved prior to 1 July 2011, infrastructure contributions and/or charges continue to apply in accordance with the development approval and legislation at the time issued.

All new development approvals issued on and from 1 July 2011 are currently governed by local government adopted infrastructure charges resolutions.

Council’s Adopted Infrastructure Charges Resolution (PDF,345kB) was adopted and came in to effect on 1 September 2018.  The purpose of the resolution is to establish and adopt infrastructure charges for water, sewerage, transport, stormwater and parks/community land networks.

Infrastructure Charges Register

Pursuant to the Planning Act 2016, a local government is to keep a register of all of the Infrastructure Charges levied by Council.

These registers will be automatically updated here on a monthly basis, and can also be viewed in hard copy at the Development Counter, Hervey Bay Administration Centre, 77 Tavistock Street, Torquay.

Investment Attraction Incentives Scheme

Council’s Investment Attraction Incentives Policy (PDF,106kB) is designed to attract investment in key strategic industries, stimulate significant and sustainable economic growth, diversify our industry base and value add to our regional economy.

The Incentives are a discretionary scheme which seeks to attract and support projects that will deliver the greatest benefits to the Fraser Coast region.

The focus of the incentives package is on projects that will:

  • Create new jobs and investment;
  • Value-add through enhanced supply chains;
  • Generate growth within key strategic industries and locations;
  • Demonstrate innovation and environmental sustainability; and
  • Diversify and make the local economy more sustainable.

An Infrastructure Charges Incentives Administration policy (PDF,1MB) outlines the financial incentives that are available to developers and establishes the criteria for eligibility according to the type of development and its location within the Fraser Coast Regional Council area.  The policy will ensure consistency in application and provide certainty to applicants.

Additionally, the Direct Financial Incentives Offer provides for additional rebates for eligible developments focussing on;

  • boosting economic activity that generates additional employment; 
  • infill residential development; and
  • boosting economic development within the CBD, tourist nodes, commercial zoned land in a rural or coastal township. 

Incentive offers

Direct Financial Incentive Offers are a discretionary scheme which seeks to attract and support projects that will deliver the greatest benefits to the Fraser Coast region.  

The current Direct Financial Incentive Offers are listed below, along with information sheets and application forms for specific incentive types.

Sector specific  By location  Residential development  Economic benefit to region 
Medical facilities Central business district Infill residential development Employment generating business
Tourism development Rural industry Small lot residential development Special or significant benefit
Over 50's lifestyle Local Government areas of Maryborough, Tiaro and Woocoo Residential delayed payment  


Lodgement of applications

Applications for incentives are to be made in writing and addressed to 

Executive Manager Planning and Growth
Fraser Coast Regional Council
PO Box 1943
Hervey Bay Qld 4655

or via email 

The application needs to include  the following

  • reference to the specific incentive category;
  • outline compliance with the eligibility criteria; and
  • include supporting documentation if required. 

Contact us

Contact Council's Development and Planning Department on 1300 79 49 29 for further assistance.