The Queensland Government has approved the development scheme for the Bromelton area near Beaudesert in the state's south-east.
The approval means developers can now apply to use part of the State Development Area earmarked for industrial use.
Scenic Rim Mayor John Brent says it is an important step forward for the proposed 1,800 hectare industrial estate.
"It's about jobs creation - it's about what we all look to achieve within our community and creating local jobs for local people," he said.
He says the industrial park will benefit the entire region.
"The creation of 3,000-plus jobs by 2016 - the jobs themselves create more jobs in a local community," he said.
Innes Larkin from the Keep Scenic Rim Scenic group says it is unclear if high impact industrial activity will be allowed.
"We're asking the State Government to once and for all rule out hard to locate industries," he said.
"That gives the community piece of mind and clearly spells out the Government's intent." He says care must taken.
"We're calling for those industries to have the highest possible standard to protect the catchment, which is already suffering from the uses on it," he said.
He says more information is needed about what industries will be allowed.
The Government earmarked the Bromelton area for industrial development in 2008.