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Advocacy in the Central Highlands

The Central Highlands Regional Council has identified ‘positioning the community at the heart of an advocacy strategy’ as important to develop a strong, vibrant community.

Through advocacy practice the council can confidently represent the shared goals on behalf of the community; goals that have been determined by research and consultation.

For the most part, council’s services, activities and projects to support its community are realised by the annual budget and the setting of policy.

The ‘practice’ of advocacy is applied to those services, activities and projects that cannot be realised by the resources (economic and human) of council and require an injection of funds or a change in government policy or position to reach fruition.

  • The Advocacy Pledge

    Council pledges to advocate:

    On issues, projects, services and opportunities that are documented, through consultation and engagement, as being important to its community.

    With transparency, confidence, balance, research, respect for all points of view.

    To build on relationships with the community, neighbouring local government areas, local government advocacy organisations, regional industry and business investors and government.

    With flexibility to allow for unexpected or special circumstances and that adapt to the changing environment.

  • How we advocate

    Advocacy practice will include, but are not limited to:

    • Representations to state and Australian government ministers.
    • Regular meetings to make representations to local members of parliament.
    • Active engagement with media and social media at the appropriate level and intensity.
    • Active engagement with all candidates participating in government elections.
    • Brokering partnerships and strategic alliances with other local and regional organisations.
    • Submission of applications to secure funding to deliver priority projects.
    • Active participation in peak governing organisations and their advocacy efforts such as the Australian Local Government Association and the Local Government Association of Queensland.
    • Maintaining and influencing partnerships with government authorities to influence policy, legislation and standards.
    • Contributing submissions to senate inquiries and other government surveys and opinion-seeking efforts.
  • 2020 Queensland Government Election - Advocacy

    Towards 2024 is council’s premier advocacy document in the lead up to the Queensland Government election.

  • Advocating for the Central Queensland region

    Central Highlands Regional Council is a member of the Central Queensland Organisation of Councils, known as the CQROC. This organisation provides advocacy on behalf of the Livingstone, Gladstone, Banana, and Woorabinda local government areas – particularly for projects that provide a benefit for the whole region.

    This is the Reef to Red Ridge advocacy publication that CQROC uses to highlight projects worthy of government support.

    Watch the Reef to Red Ridge video.

Current advocacy projects

  • 2020 - Top Six
  • Game Plan Projects
  • Outback to Ocean - Springsure Tambo Road
  • Early Education
  • 7 for 46
  • 2020 - Top Six

These six projects have been identified as the top priority as we approach the 2020 Queensland Government Election.


  • Game Plan Projects

Providing well-resourced and state-of-the-art sporting facilities is essential for sport clubs and community organisations and to allow tomorrow’s sports stars to grow and develop. The Game Plan projects include electrical upgrades, water infrastructure upgrades, amenity and facility upgrades and regional field upgrades.

View the Game Plan Projects fact sheet.


  • Outback to Ocean - Springsure Tambo Road

Central Highlands Regional Council and Blackall-Tambo Regional Council with the support of the Central Highlands Development Corporation are seeking $80 million in state and federal government funding over eight years to pave and seal the 148-kilometre unsealed Tambo to Springsure link.

  • Early Education

The Central Highlands’ community needs more affordable, quality early childhood education places. Council seeks $3 million to redevelop the Emerald Community Kindergarten with three new kindergarten rooms, a car park and administration area.

View the Emerald Community Kindergarten Expansion fact sheet.

  • 7 for 46

Seven priority projects for the 46th Parliament of Australia – these are the seven projects that council advocated for prior to the federal election in 2019.

Download the 7 for 46 brochure.


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