Urban Land Development Authority (ULDA), Bowen Basin, Queensland (2011)

Social, Cultural and Community Services and Infrastructure Analysis for Blackwater and Moranbah, as part of the Engaging in the Cauldron Project

Social, cultural and community analysis to inform strategic planning in mining towns undergoing significant change.


  • Provided a detailed baseline of current provision of social, cultural and community services and facilities in Blackwater and Moranbah
  • Identified the current gaps and future needs for services and facilities in both towns through a social infrastructure analysis based on projected population growth and benchmarking
  • A consultation program that engaged a range of stakeholders including private and public service providers, government agencies, resources sector and accommodation providers

Recognition of the Project as best practice in social and urban planning, with the Planning Institute of Australia (PIA) presenting the Project Team with the following awards:

  • Planning Institute of Australia National Award for Planning Excellence. Public Engagement and Community Planning (2012)
  • Planning Institute of Australia Queensland (Qld), Exceptional Planning Achievement Award (Overall) (2012)
  • Planning Institute of Australia Qld Public Engagement and Community Planning Award (2012)

key success factors

Triangulation of a variety of data and information sources to develop information baselines for both Moranbah and Blackwater, including:

  • Background review of government and mining company reports and published journal articles
  • Mapping social, cultural and community infrastructure
  • Demographic and population projections
  • Social infrastructure benchmarks
  • Stakeholder consultation and personal communication with experienced social planning experts