In 2008, the Queensland Government released the Sustainable Resource Communities Policy in response to the need to manage growth in the resource development areas of the Surat Basin, Bowen Basin and north-west Queensland minerals province. The policy was developed as a result of government’s strong interest in securing the best outcomes for those communities directly and indirectly affected by the development of large resource development projects. The Sustainable Resource Communities Policy and the subsequent 2010 Surat Basin Future Directions Statement, outlined that only through a range of policies, programs and services, will Government, industry and the community be able to maximise the economic benefits and minimise any unintended consequences associated with rapid growth. The actions include developing a Land Access Policy, an Economic Strategy, a Coal Seam Gas Water Management Policy, Strategic Cropping Policy, Workforce Development Plan, and a Regional Transport plan. Under the Sustainable Resource Communities Policy and the Surat Basin Future Directions Statement, proponents of new or expanded major resource development projects, will need to develop a social impact management plan in consultation with government and key stakeholders. The Sustainable Resource Communities Policy also expresses government’s desire to work in partnership with industry and local government, and its commitment to the principles of leadership, collaboration, corporate responsibility, sustainability, communication and community engagement.