The Isaac Region punches well above its weight in terms of its economic contribution to the State and Nation.
The Isaac is a powerhouse of Queensland’s economy - home to 26 of the 53 operating coal mines in Queensland, with more in the pipeline.
Our region boasts diversity through its agriculture, renewables, coal and gas industries with a growing interest in the tourism market.
Royalties from the resource sector in the Isaac underpin funding of services and infrastructure across all of Queensland – that is schools, roads, hospitals, nurses, police and emergency services.
Yet, current clinical services planning for hospitals and allied health services, education, roads, schools, police and emergency services within the Isaac does not satisfy the demand generated by the true population of Isaac Region’s communities. There is a substantial imbalance between the Region’s economic contribution and an equitable share of government funding.
The Isaac is home to a residential population of 20,935 and a non-resident worker population of 12,075 people – that is 33,065 residents 24 hours a day 365 days a year. The 12,075 non-resident worker population is not catered for by the State Government under its funding methodologies. This needs to change to ensure the Isaac region, its industries, its communities and its people are not disadvantaged and are able to continue to deliver economic diversity, stability and growth for the State and Nation.