Rockhampton, the economic heart of Central Queensland, is currently experiencing economic and investment growth. Agricultural opportunities in our region have stimulated renewed interest in agricultural development for Central Queensland.
Proximity to growing Asian markets, increasing global demand for food and natural fibre, and development of economic growth, not just for Rockhampton but our regional towns as well, all bode well for Central Queensland’s agricultural industry growth.
The distance to market from our ports is a critical factor. It aides in the viability of our large-scale developments, allowing us to produce bulk commodities or commodities that need to reach the market within a short period, such as horticultural produce.
Rockhampton’s central location along major north, south and west transport and freight infrastructure routes position it in the fast lane for regional economic expansion.
The strategic location of the Fitzroy River, as well as other major water bodies in Central Queensland, provides excellent water security, underpinning the potential for more intensive horticultural production.
As the beef capital of Australia, the region is the state’s second largest contributor by value of agricultural commodities in Queensland. Central Queensland is dominated by beef cattle production and, also supports rain-fed and irrigated cropping, horticulture and forestry.
Rockhampton’s beef value production represents one third of all Queensland production with three major abattoirs, around 4 million head of cattle, and over a $1bn in overall product value.
Aquaculture is also a growth industry for Central Queensland, and fits well with our beef reputation and productivity. Surf and turf farming, as it’s known, is allowing businesses to diversify into fish farming, such as barramundi breeds, which is able to flourish on small acreage with high productivity and quality output.
Rockhampton offers a range of agricultural growth options in support of its economic diversity. The potential to increase local coarse grain production for use in regional feedlots is significant, and other common horticultural crops include market vegetables, citrus fruits, tropical orchard fruits, and plantation fruits. A range of economic activities and investment opportunities, as well as its strategic location, are just a few factors which combined with the region’s competitive advantages, set the stage for a bright future as the key to the Fitzroy Food Corridor.