In the centre of Queensland, Australia lies the Central Highlands: one of the State’s key agricultural producers, generating over $740 million per annum in economic value.

Extensive beef production and broadacre cropping (cereal and pulses) are the key drivers of value. The region is also an important cotton producer and boasts thriving citrus and table grape sectors. Niche and emerging crops include macadamias, melons, lychees, figs and potatoes.

Not only is the Central Highlands agricultural industry productive and diverse, it is growing. From 2011 to 2016, the region has seen a cumulative growth in average value produced per hectare of 12%, well surpassing the national average of 6%.

What’s New

Hot off the press: The Central Highlands Agribusiness Capability Statement and accompanying booklet CHAA Strategic Partnerships & Activities 2018 were launched at roadshows across Springsure, Rolleston, Emerald and Capella in early March.  In partnership with the Department of Agriculture & Fisheries and Central Highlands Regional Council, these two key documents demonstrate the breadth and depth of agricultural excellence across the region and outline the priority initiatives that will carry the industry forward. Download your copy today:







Make sure you check out all of the highlights from our CHAA Roadshow across the region, where more than 140 producers, farmers, supply-chain experts and industry representatives met with CHAA Strategic Advisory Committee, talked about the CHAA Strategic Activities and received their exclusive preview copy of the Agribusiness Capability Statement. Click here to read more.

Central Highlands Accelerate Agribusiness (CHAA) Initiative 

In 2016, the Central Highlands Development Corporation (CHDC) and the Central Highlands Regional Council (CHRC) established the Central Highlands Accelerate Agribusiness (CHAA) initiative to grow, promote and realise the value and opportunities for all businesses producing agricultural and food products, processing and providing other value-adding services in the Central Highlands.  Click here to read more about the initiative and the Strategic Advisory Group.

Agribusiness Events

We are committed to building capacity, promoting the region and providing opportunities for businesses to grow. Check back here regularly for the latest events.

29 April – 2 May 2018: Paddock to Port Tour: CHDC with partners Department of Agriculture and Fisheries are offering a tour of the Port of Townsville, Port of Mackay and Gladstone Port Corporation facilities for 15 exporters, potential and aspiring exporters, and others who are important to optimal value chain function.  Read more and register here.


Want to know more?  Contact our dedicated Agribusiness Development Coordinator, Liz Alexander, by clicking here or calling 0429 471 511.






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