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Darling Downs and South West

Darling Downs and South West

About

The Darling Downs and South West region extends from the top of the Toowoomba Range 120 kilometres west of Brisbane, to the South Australian border in the west and the New South Wales border in the south.

Home to 268,000 people, the region covers a total area of 400,000 square kilometres or just under a quarter of Queensland’s total area.

The Darling Downs basin is heavily devoted to intensive agriculture. The southern part of the region is well known for its orchards and vegetable production. To the west, the area becomes drier, and more pastoral. Increasing development of coal seam gas, coal, natural gas and oil resources is occurring in the region, especially through the Surat Basin.

Did you know

One of Australia’s earliest and most significant industrial disputes, the 1891 Australian shearers' strike, started at Jondaryan on the Darling Downs.

Contact RDA

Chief Executive Officer: Brian Hewitt

Phone: 07 4638 0089

Email: bjhewitt@rda-ddsw.org.au

Local Governments

There are 10 Local Government Areas within the Darling Downs and South West region.

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