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Our history

The Central Highlands was originally home to many indigenous peoples who remain proud custodians of these lands.

Early European settlement in the region dates from the 1850s with our first pioneers mainly grazing sheep.  Regional growth continued into the late 1800s with the inland expansion of the railway line west from Rockhampton and the establishment of a number of towns.

Significant growth occurred in the 1950s to 1980s with the introduction of beef cattle grazing and development of the Fairbairn Dam, coal mining and irrigation.

Today, our region is defined by the diverse prospering economies that support our unique vibrant communities.

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