Our council

Overview

Central Highlands Regional Council was created on 15 March 2008 following amalgamation of the former Shires of Bauhinia, Duaringa, Emerald and Peak Downs.

Our region extends over approximately 60,000 square kilometres, stretching from Arcadia Valley in the south to the Peak Ranges in the north, east from Boolburra to Bogantungan in the west.

We administer in excess of $1.1 billion in assets, including nine library branches, six aquatic centres and seven customer service centres. We maintain 4632 km of roads and numerous parks and gardens, including the impressive botanical gardens in Emerald, the linear parkland in Capella and the Japanese Gardens in Blackwater.

Other services include youth and indigenous programs, art spaces, cultural and community development, animal management, public housing, water and sewerage, waste collection and kerbside recycling.

More information, including detailed information on towns and areas within the region, can be found on our Community Profile page.

Structure

Our council has four operational departments:

  • Communities – planning and development; environmental management; community services; corporate communications; waste services; parks and gardens; sporting facilities; community planning, engagement and strategy; and facilities maintenance.
  • Infrastructure & Utilities – road works; plant fleet and workshops; water utilities; stormwater drainage; flood management; and disaster management.
  • Commercial and Customer Services Emerald Airport, Emerald Saleyards, Shepton Quarry and customer service.
  • Corporate Services – financial services; information services; human resources; long-term financial management; governance, risk management, internal audit and procurement.

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  • Our mission

    We are a council committed to continuous improvement, a sustainable future and efficient investment in our communities.

  • Our vision

    A progressive region creating opportunities for all.

  • Our values

    Respect and integrity

    • Building trust, teamwork, communication and a shared understanding.
    • Actively listening to our communities.

    Accountability and transparency

    • Equal opportunities, fair and open consultation and communication.
    • Accepting responsibility for our actions.

    Providing value

    • Best value for money outcomes for our community.
    • Collaboration, managing expectations and working towards common goals.
    • Deliver efficiency and effectiveness in all that we do.

    Commitment and teamwork

    • Continually improve on our achievements and drive innovative solutions.
    • Lead change and continuous improvement in delivering for our community.
    • Promote a positive health and safety culture.
  • Key priorities
    1. Strong vibrant communities.
    2. Building and maintaining quality infrastructure.
    3. Supporting our local economy.
    4. Protecting our people and our environment.
    5. Leadership and governance.
    6. Our organisation.

We are a council committed to continuous improvement, a sustainable future and efficient investment in our communities.

A progressive region creating opportunities for all.

Respect and integrity

  • Building trust, teamwork, communication and a shared understanding.
  • Actively listening to our communities.

Accountability and transparency

  • Equal opportunities, fair and open consultation and communication.
  • Accepting responsibility for our actions.

Providing value

  • Best value for money outcomes for our community.
  • Collaboration, managing expectations and working towards common goals.
  • Deliver efficiency and effectiveness in all that we do.

Commitment and teamwork

  • Continually improve on our achievements and drive innovative solutions.
  • Lead change and continuous improvement in delivering for our community.
  • Promote a positive health and safety culture.
  1. Strong vibrant communities.
  2. Building and maintaining quality infrastructure.
  3. Supporting our local economy.
  4. Protecting our people and our environment.
  5. Leadership and governance.
  6. Our organisation.

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