Our region’s largest industry


The Central Highlands is located in the heart of the Bowen Basin, Australia’s largest coal reserve, and is home to 12 operating mines.

Part of CHDC’s Corporate Strategy is to collaborate with the resource and METS (Mining Equipment, Technology and Services) sectors; embed local content into regional projects; and support our region’s transition to a lower carbon future.

Contact CHDC CEO Peter Dowling (07) 4982 4386 or pdowling@chdc.com.au.


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Going beyond their role as an employer, mining companies invest in partnerships, sponsorships and funding programs to strengthen the communities in which they operate. Contact them directly to find out more:

Maximising industry local content in regions.


The Queensland Local Content Leaders Network (QLCLN) is an advocacy group working to maximise the economic benefits of resources projects for their local communities.

It’s made up of 15 industry and business groups, local government representatives and key industry partners across the Bowen, Galilee and Surat Basins.

Facilitating opportunities for local businesses to plug into the supply chain of major private and public projects is paramount to driving investment and economic prosperity in those regions.

QLCLN grew from the acknowledgment that where it is difficult for a single region to achieve strong local content outcomes, there is strength in partnership.

CHDC spearheaded the initiative in 2017, formalising the network with a Joint Statement of Commitment, following requests from several resource development proponents for advice and assistance on engaging local suppliers.

QLCLN is underpinned by Keeping it in the Regions: A better practice model for local content and defining local business.

This document:

  • Recognises that a local business comes in many forms and is not only a long-term physical presence in a region.
  • Features a six-tiered model of procurement where the priority is on the immediate local or natural economic zone of a region.
  • Calls for government and resource companies to incorporate local business capability and capacity building into procurement policies.
Helping communities transition to a post-mining future.


The Cooperative Research Centre for Transformations in Mining Economies (CRC-TiME) is a national project aimed at defining transformation approaches to mining economies.

CHDC is among 75 partners of CRC-TiME, which began in 2020 and is jointly led by the Universities of Queensland and Western Australia.

We played a supporting role in its formation because coal mining is a major economic pillar of the Central Highlands, so our region stands to be a direct beneficiary of potential outcomes.

CRC-TiME undertakes social, environmental, economic and technical research; works directly with industry and communities; and strives to enable Australia to transition to a prosperous and sustainable post-mining future.

Mine closure is an integral phase of an active mining industry but is a global challenge, with few examples of successful closure and relinquishment. Over the coming decade, a successful CRC-TiME will transform mining economies and support communities to deliver:

  • increased certainty of relinquishment,
  • reduced likelihood of abandonment,
  • diversified post mine communities, and
  • new Australian businesses supplying a global market.