Gladstone State Development Area

Gladstone State Development Area (GSDA), a unique offering in Australia: 26,934 hectares of land suited to large-scale, large-footprint industrial development. Benefit from excellent access to infrastructure including: major port, highway, rail, power and more.

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  • Land that is tailor-made for industrial development 20km west of Gladstone and 80km south of Rockhampton.
  • Excellent access to infrastructure corridors, rail, gas, power, and the Port of Gladstone. Streamlined, fast-tracked land application and contract process.
  • Land suited to large-scale, large-footprint industrial.
  • Established, heavy-industry precinct. Close proximity to inter-related labour, materials and services.
  • Land suited to manufacturing, transport and logistics, resource processing, mining equipment technology services (METS), energy and renewables, resource recovery, aerospace and defence, ancillary activities, and more.
  • Join the likes of Rio Tinto, Fortescue Future Industries Pty Ltd, Orica, Acciona, H2U, AlphaHPA and Cement Australia.



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ACCIONA Energia has selected Gladstone SDA for development of a large-scale solar farm due to a strong solar resource and proximity to major industrial energy consumers. Economic Development Queensland has been very supportive of our project, provided site specific information required for planning and environmental approvals, and introduced us to potential electricity off-takers. The team at EDQ are very professional, focused on delivering commercial outcomes, and truly passionate about economic growth in Queensland.

“The Green Energy Manufacturing Centre (GEM) will become an epicentre for Queensland’s green hydrogen ambitions, building on Gladstone’s skilled workforce and great foresight in industrial master-planning including a world class port.
“The world is moving on from fossil fuels and the green industrial revolution is underway. Fortescue Future Industries’ game changing electrolyser facility in Gladstone is putting Queensland at the centre of this revolution, which is creating an entirely new industry and thousands of multi-generational jobs for Australians,” Dr Forrest said.

Alpha HPA chose the GSDA as the primary location for us to develop our HPA first project because of the proximity to industrial services in the Gladstone region but also because our key business partner, Orica is located there who is a key supplier of reagents to our process.  EDQ have been fantastic to deal with both in the initial land option agreement and then the final purchase of the land.  They accommodated a number of modifications to the agreement that supported our project and its progression and the people at EDQ are highly motivated to make things happen for Alpha HPA.


Rob Williamson, Chief Operations Officer Alpha HPA

EDQ is a trusted and valuable partner and stakeholder for Rio Tinto Yarwun’s Residue Management Area (RMA) operations. The engagement with the EDQ team has been of highest quality, timely, considered and professional. Ease of access to EDQ team has been the highlight for us. We have worked with EDQ on multiple initiatives that have resulted in mutually beneficial outcomes not only for us, but for the Gladstone region.

The location of our RMA operations provides significant advantages for Rio Tinto Yarwun, and having EDQ as our neighbour helps us achieve the strategic vision for the facility. We look forward to many more years of this strong, valued and shared partnership with our trusted neighbour. Thank you EDQ.

H2U is developing H2-Hub™ Gladstone a world-first industrial-scale export-oriented green hydrogen and ammonia project to be established at Yarwun, in the Gladstone SDA.

“Gladstone with its deep-water, multi-commodity industrial port precinct and the Gladstone SDA offers a unique springboard to establish and scale export-class green hydrogen and green ammonia operations”
said H2U Founder and CEO Dr Attilio Pigneri.

“The availability of suitably zoned land, the SDA planning framework, and a commercially-focused land tenure process managed by Economic Development Queensland contribute to Gladstone competitive advantage. Working with EDQ we have been able to select a strategically-located development site, and been able to benefit for the wealth of management and planning work they carry out across the EDQ Gladstone SDA estate”.


The Northen Oil Refinery is the largest and most advanced waste oil refinery in Australia. While Gladstone was amongst a short list of potential locations, the availability of SDA land and the manner in which EDQ facilitated negotiations proved the tipping point for Southern Oil to invest around $85M AUD at Yarwun.  We subsequently found environmental, development and other regulatory approvals fair, and granted far quicker than we had anticipated.   The Department of State Development have been a pleasure to do business with. 



The process of buying land from the State Government is a little different to purchasing land from the private sector. Listen to our team explain the process and check out the resources below.

1 - Enquiry Phase
2 - Application Phase
3 - Contract Phase
4 - Project Construction Phase



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EDQ’s flagship renewable energy project at the Gladstone SDA

The Aldoga Renewable Energy Project is EDQ’s flagship renewable energy project – a solar farm that will:

  • produce up to 480MW of sustainable, renewable energy
  • provide energy equivalent to that consumed by approximately 234,000 homes (around 10 times the number of homes in Gladstone alone)
  • feature approximately 1 million solar PV modules
  • generate up to 350 construction jobs
  • provide up to 10 full-time jobs once operational, and
  • significantly help the Queensland Government reach its 2030 target of 50-percent renewable energy.

Yet another way that EDQ is helping Queenslanders to prosper.

Acciona Energy was selected to construct and operate the solar farm for 30 years. Construction is due to commence at the end of 2021 and be completed within approximately 12 to 18 months.

To find out more, visit Aldoga Solar Farm by Acciona.