Tablelands Regional Council

economic profile

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The Tablelands Regional Council area is located in Far North Queensland. The Council area encompasses a total land area of about 11,000 square kilometres. The Tablelands Regional Council area includes significant areas of national park and state forest, rural areas and growing rural-residential and urban/township areas. The primary regional centre is Atherton, with smaller townships at Herberton and Malanda, and villages at Millaa Millaa, Ravenshoe, Tinaroo, Tolga and Yungaburra. Rural land is used mainly for agricultural purposes and mining, with some timber production and tourism.

Key employment sectors in the Tablelands Regional Council area include retail trade, agriculture, forestry and fishing, health care and education. The main retail areas in the Council area are located in the townships of Atherton, Herberton and Malanda. The primary agricultural industries are beef farming, dairy farming and crop growing. Health care services are provided at Atherton Hospital and Herberton Hospital. Educational facilities are provided at Tropical North Queensland Institute of TAFE (Atherton Campus) and numerous public and private schools.

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NOTE: The land use shown in the map is derived from ABS Mesh Block categories. Mesh Blocks broadly identify land use and are not designed to provide definitive land use. It is purely an indicator of the main planned land use for a Mesh Blocks. For more information please refer to ABS Mesh Block categories.

Transportation Networks

  • Kennedy Highway
  • Palmerston Highway
  • Maalan Road


  • Brisbane CBD 1,800km
  • Cairns CBD 100km

Major Industrial Precincts

  • Malanda township (north of James St and east of Churchill Ave)
  • Tolga industrial estate

Tablelands Regional Council

economic profile