Studies and Superseded Planning Schemes

Superseded Planning Scheme
On 21 December 2018, Council commenced Version 3.6 of the Whitsunday Planning Scheme 2017, containing administrative amendments and a Planning Scheme Policy amendment to the Whitsunday Development Manual. The amendment superseded Version 3.5 of the Planning Scheme. The Version of the Planning Scheme below constitutes the superseded Planning Scheme for the purposes of Section 29 of the Planning Act 2016.

These amendments constitute the superseded Planning Scheme for the purposes of section 29 of the Planning Act 2016. 

Historical Planning Schemes
The following documents are historical Planning Schemes for reference purposes only and do not constitute superseded Planning Schemes for the purposes of section 29 of the Planning Act 2016.

 Supporting Documents

Planning Scheme

There are also several ancillary documents that support the Planning Scheme, and these include:

Stormwater Quality Guideline

Urban development places pressure on waterway assets such as the Great Barrier Reef, significant 
rivers and local streams. Stormwater carries pollutants such as nitrogen, phosphorous, sediment, 
litter, heavy metal and hydrocarbons. These impact upon local waterways, rivers and the Great 
Barrier Reef. Changes in hydrology associated with new urban development cause stream erosion 
and change flow regimes. These deliver greater loads of polluting sediment downstream and change 
ecological communities. 

In recent years advances in urban development approaches and stormwater treatment technologies 
have made it possible to minimise the impact that new urban development has on waterways. 
Whitsunday Regional Council requires that new development appropriately manages its stormwater in 
order to protect the regions many and varied natural assets.

Whitsunday Regional Council has developed the Stormwater Quality Guideline [PDF 8.13MB] to clearly articulate our requirements for new development and redevelopment with respect to how it manages the environmental impacts of its stormwater.

MLB Downloads (provided as zip files)

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Whitsunday Hazard Studies

Bowen Local Catchment Flood Study 

On the 11th March 2015, Whitsunday Regional Council resolved to publicly release the ‘Bowen Local Catchment Flood Study’ (AECOM 2015). The report focuses specifically on flooding caused by rainfall in the local Bowen catchment and compliments recent reports released by Council on riverine flooding (Don River Flood Mitigation Report 2014 and Storm Surge Report 2012). It is important for Council and the community to understand how the three different flood risks (rainfall in the local catchment, riverine flooding and storm tide inundation) affect the Bowen township. 

The 2015 AECOM Study provides Council and the community with the most detailed, accurate and up to date flood risk information for rainfall in the Bowen local catchment. The study also recommends that the mapping be used for disaster management purposes to help determine evacuation routes for localized rainfall events. This mapping informs the Flood overlay within the Whitsunday Planning Scheme 2017.

Download the Bowen Local Catchment Flood Study 2015 [PDF 22 MB]

Don River Flood Risk and Mitigation Study
  
On 8th October 2014, Whitsunday Regional Council received the Don River Flood Risk and Mitigation Study: Stage 1 – Flood Risk Assessment (AECOM, September 2014) and resolved to release it to the public. Council commissioned the study into the flood risk posed by the Don River and investigate potential mitigation options to help improve flood resilience for the Bowen community.  The Queensland Government provided 40% of the funding for the study with Council providing the remainder.

Stage 1 of the Don River Flood Risk and Mitigation Study outlines the flood risks in detail, with Stage 2 presenting possible approaches to mitigating flooding. This mapping informs the Flood overlay within the Whitsunday Planning Scheme 2017.

Download the 
Don River Flood Risk and Mitigation Study Stage 1 2014.  [PDF 52 MB]

Proserpine Flood and Drainage Study

In 2011, Whitsunday Regional Council utilised updated contour data (LIDAR) to undertake a detailed revision of the Proserpine Flood and Drainage Study 2007. The study updated the hydraulic model for the 2, 10, 50 and 100-year ARI design events, compared flood heights with those obtained during the 2010 updates and provided revised baseline flood heights for the Township. This mapping informs the Flood overlay within the Whitsunday Planning Scheme 2017.

Download the Proserpine Flood and Drainage Study 2011 [PDF 4.87 MB]

Town of Whitsunday Drainage Study (TOWDS)

On 30th January 2019, Whitsunday Regional Council received the TOWDS and on the 12th June 2019 resolved to utilise the flood model outputs including climate change projections to 2100.  The TOWDS area includes five catchments, being Jubilee Pocket, Airlie Beach, Cannonvale, Riordanvale and Cannon Valley. For the TOWDS area an entirely new model was developed for the five catchments, as no flood modelling data was available for the entire area. The study follows QCoast Leading Practice and substantially improves the understanding of flood hazard extent for the area. This mapping informs the Flood overlay map within the Whitsunday Planning Scheme 2017.

Download the Town of Whitsunday Drainage Study 2017 [PDF 28.9 MB]

Bowen Water Hazard Study (BWH)

On 30th January 2019 Whitsunday Regional Council received the BWH study. The BWH study area is located to the east of the Don River and concentrates on the urbanised area of Bowen. The purpose of the BWH study was to determine extents of inundation of coastal areas due to storm tide and ascertain whether the combined occurrence of riverine flooding may further influence catchment flooding, including climate change factors in 2050 and 2100. This study builds on previous flood modelling undertaken by AECOM that modelled riverine and localised flood conditions but did not take into account the combined effect of riverine flooding and storm tide.

This study has provided significantly improved accuracy in relation to the threat of this hazard when compared to the State Planning Policy (SPP) Coastal Hazard Mapping. Hazard extents and inundation levels for a 1% AEP cyclonic event in 2100 informs the Whitsunday Planning Scheme 2017 Coastal hazard overlays.

Download the Bowen Water Hazard Study Stage 1 – Storm tide modelling 2017 [PDF 5.4 MB] or

Download the Bowen Water Hazard Study Stage 2 – Coincident modelling 2018  [PDF 4.2 MB]

Coastal Hazard Mapping Refinement Study

On 30th January 2019, Whitsunday Regional Council received the TOWDS and resolved to utilise the 2100 storm surge and coastal erosion model outputs for Planning purposes. The Coastal Hazard Mapping Refinement Study was required to understand the extent of current and future coastal hazard areas in 2100 for storm tide and coastal erosion, so that potentially impacted assets and values can be identified.

The mapping provides much greater accuracy and refinement of hazard extents and severity than previously utilised State coastal hazard mapping. Mapping of a 1% AEP cyclonic event in 2100 informs the Whitsunday Planning Scheme 2017 Coastal hazard overlays.

Download the Coastal Hazard Mapping Refinement Study 2018 [PDF 4.87 MB]

Whitsunday Landslide Study

On 12th June 2019, Whitsunday Regional Council received the Whitsunday Landslide Study completed by Cardno QLD Pty Ltd (Cardno). The study more accurately maps landslide hazard areas at a higher resolution than previous mapping and identifies varying levels of landslide risk for the southern Council area where landslide risk is considered most prevalent. The study informed best practice planning policy for mitigating risk to development within hazard areas. This mapping informs the Landslide overlay within the Whitsunday Planning Scheme 2017.

Download the Whitsunday Landslide Study 2019 [PDF 4.87 MB]

Acid Sulfate Soils Studies

On 10th September 2019, Council adopted acid sulfate soil mapping for the Town of Whitsunday, Bowen and Proserpine urban areas. Detailed studies completed by Peter Muller at a scale of 1:25,000 identified the extents of acid sulfate soil occurrence and likely depths from the surface in urban areas. Outside of detailed mapping, the Soils and Land Suitability: Whitsunday Coast Area study (2003) informed potential acid sulfate soil occurrence at a scale of 1:100,000. All studies informed risk mapping within the Whitsunday Planning Scheme 2017 acid sulfate soil overlay.

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