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Area 3 - Dalby

 

Dalby Command is the third most densely populated Area within the region. Dalby Command incorporates the urban boundaries of Dalby, Cecil Plains, Tara, Jandowae, Chinchilla, Miles and Meandarra. There are 7 urban stations - All with Auxiliary crews.

Dalby Regional Council is among the highest local government performers in Queensland and Australia. Traversed by national highways astride the headwaters of the Murray-Darling, the Dalby region is a hive of activity and growth through continued agriculture, manufacturing and resource diversification.

Over the past five years the Dalby Regional Council electorate has experienced an increase in population, reversing the trend of rural decline. The estimated residential population is 30,230. The next four years, to 2011, will see estimated growth projections almost double to 1.1% average annual growth.

Strong growth and development is evident across the region in electricity, gas and water supply, up 30.3% to $41.7 million while professional services, transport and manufacturing also experienced greater than 15% annual growth.

Almost 10% of Queensland's manufacturing gross domestic product is produced within the Dalby region.

The energy resources sector, which comprises coal, coal seam gas, coal seam gas water, ethanol and power station development, has the potential to more than triple the gross regional product.