Pathways to resilient futures Pathways to resilient futures

In Central Western Queensland the current drought emergency has stimulated a range of responses including the Community Drought Leadership Groups with their toolkits enabling communities to develop drought response plans and make the most of existing resources. Building on these initiatives and recognising the importance of assisting regional communities focus on longer term thinking and planning, in August 2015 the Remote Area Planning and Development Board invited Professor John Cole OAM, Executive Director of USQ’s Institute for Resilient Regions to conduct a series of workshops to engage community participation in a creative process structured around the following questions: 

1. What is the longer term future for central western Queensland? 
2. What are the options for sustainable development in our region? 
3. How do we make our communities as resilient as possible?
Read the regional report here and the individual local government reports for BTRC here, BRC here, LRC here, Barcoo here and Boulia here 

Digital Webinar Digital Webinar

If you missed our digital webinar on 23 February 2016, click here for the link to here the session and read the slides.

We would really love your feedback and to receive suggestions on future topics.  Keep watching the RAPAD site for deatils of upcoming Digital webinars.

Far West Tourism Far West Tourism

Far West Tourism Development Action Plan and Progress Report

Far West Tourism Development Action Plan and Final Report

With the support of Queensland State Government RAB funding, RAPAD supported the Barcoo, Boulia and Diamantina Shire Councils implement the Far West Tourism Development Action Plan.  View the Action Plan here and the final report here

Visit these great self drive videos developed as a part of the project

Backroads to Winton Drive -  

Channel Country Explorer Drive -

Diamantina Bedourie Loop Drive -

Outback Camel Festival Trail -

River Junction Drive -

Drovers and Pioneers Trail -


The Health of the West The Health of the West

A single health plan for central west Queensland was an initiative of the Central West Health and Hospital Service, Medicare Local, RFDS, Queensland Ambulance and RAPAD.  View the document here.

Regional Migration Regional Migration

RAPAD is the Regional Certifying Body for the Regional Migration Scheme.

Click on here to download the information sheet regarding this process.

RAPAD Projects RAPAD Projects




Cluster Fencing Funding Applications NOW OPEN Cluster Fencing Funding Applications NOW OPEN

In late 2015 the Australian and Queensland Ministers for Agriculture announced that the CWQ Remote Area Planning and Development Board was a successful applicant through the Queensland Feral Pest Initiative. [read announcement here]

The Central Western Queensland Remote Area Planning and Development Board (RAPAD) is now calling for applications from eligible groups of landholders for funds to build strategic cluster fences. RAPAD has successfully obtained funding from the Queensland and Australian Government's for the progression of strategic cluster fencing in the Local Government areas of Barcaldine, Longreach, Blackall-Tambo, Winton, Barcoo and Flinders.  This funding has been obtained via the Queensland Feral Pest Initiative through the Queensland Government to support the growth of a productive and prosperous food and fibre sector in Queensland.  Funding has also been provided through the Australian Government Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper, the Australian Government's plan for stronger farms and a stronger economy
Key dates:
  • Applications open: March 21, 2016
  • Applications close: April 29, 2016
  • Assessment and recommendations to the RAPAD Board: By May 20, 2016
  • RAPAD Board considers recommendations: By June 3, 2016
  • Successful applicants notified: By June 10, 2016


APPLICATION download here

The progression of the cluster fencing, between RAPAD and a successful cluster applicant (legal entity) will be through a legally binding agreement. A draft copy of a proposed legal agreement is attached here

As a part of that 2015 application to the government, RAPAD sought expressions of interest (EOI) from interested cluster groups. These EOI were mapped at that time, and that map is attached here. NB These cluster EOIs do not represent preferred or successful clusters.

For all information relating to the cluster fencing project please contact:

Morgan Gronold on 0448 739 759 and email

The Qld Feral Pest Initiative is supported by the Australian and Queensland Governments.

The 2015 endorsed position of RAPAD, and its member councils, regarding regional exclusion fencing, is attached here.  It is important to note that this is not the model that the government, through the QFPI has funded, however as stated, it is the current regionally endorsed council position. 

Outback Trailblazer Outback Trailblazer

Have you visited our new Outback Trailblazer Website.

Our 2016 event is set to be an awesome event, with the starting flag dropping in Emerald on Saturday 8 October and finishing with the Starlight's Stampede weekend in Longreach Sunday 16 October.

This year's event is fundraising to support Angel Flight and the Waltzing Matilda Rebuild Fund.

Small Business & Individuals Financial Counsellor Small Business & Individuals Financial Counsellor

Russell Lowry CPA

Russell is joining the team at RAPAD as a Small Business and Individuals Financial Counsellor across Central Western Queensland. Based in Longreach the role will cover the 7 RAPAD shires including Barcaldine, Barcoo, Blackall Tambo, Boulia, Longreach and Winton.

Russell brings over 25 years’ financial and operational management experience to the region, gained working in small and medium sized businesses predominantly within the Central and Central Western Queensland region since achieving his Bachelor Business (Accounting) degree from Central Queensland University in 1989 and becoming a Certified Practicing Accountant (CPA).

Utilising his extensive experience working in multiple facets of a business including finance, human resources, administration, business systems, marketing, customer and supplier relationships, Russell will assist Central West business owners and individuals in various areas to improve their viability and overall financial position.

His drive and passion is to work directly with business owners in the small and medium business sector ensuring that the business owner focuses not just on the day to day but are able to work on their business establishing longer term goals for its future success.

The role of a Small Business and Individuals Financial Counsellor is an initiative of the Central West Rural Wellness Network and is a jointly funded initiative of the Queensland Government, RFDS and RAPAD and looks to see a successful Central Western Queensland region where business owners are able to drought proof and diversify their income streams and maximise the potential of opportunities presented by operating in their unique locations.

Read the charter of the SBIFC here

Central Western Queensland Mobile Coverage Report Central Western Queensland Mobile Coverage Report

To provide the region with an accurate assessment of the region's mobile coverage RAPAD has undertaken an independent assessment of mobile coverage strength.  With mobile coverage increasingly important in a digitalised economy, an understanding of that mobile coverage and strength is vital.  This will allow RAPAD and the region's communities to advocate and lobby for improved mobile coverage.

To read the reports click on the relevant links below:

CWOQTA Tourism Implementation Plan Report CWOQTA Tourism Implementation Plan Report

Click on the icons below to read the various CWOQTA Tourism Development Implementation Plan documents.