The Economic Heart of Central Queensland

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Rockhampton is recognised globally as the economic heart of Central Queensland. It is home to a critical mass of residents, high quality services, facilities and a dynamic and prosperous economy driven by entrepreneurial and innovative businesses, strategic investment and international exports.

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Rockhampton’s central location along major north, south and west transport and freight infrastructure routes, its proximity to major mining and resource development, and the large customer base and labour force all have the potential to drive growth and prosperity.

Recognised nationally as the beef capital of Australia, beef produced in Rockhampton is exported across the world. In addition to beef, there are a range of emerging agricultural opportunities in the region. The potential to increase coarse grain production for use in regional feedlots to accommodate Central Queensland’s growing livestock production capacity.

The strategic location of the Fitzroy River, as well as other major water bodies and rivers in Central Queensland, uniquely positions Rockhampton to take advantage of horticultural opportunities, widely accepted as the fastest growing segment in global food production.

With a resilient and stable economy, affordable cost of living for residents and businesses, a subtropical climate and a large regional airport providing connectivity, Rockhampton holds a number of critical enablers to seize new opportunities and strengthen its economic diversity.

Gear up Rocky

Gear Up Rocky initiative is happening now to help businesses within the Region be supply chain ready for the Adani Carmichael Mine.

A range of other potential opportunities have already been identified which require further analysis and investigation. These include:

  • Lower Fitzroy River Infrastructure Project
  • Prime beef production and value adding
  • Development/expansion of a military precinct
  • Expansion of the Rockhampton Airport
  • Eco tourism opportunities
  • Transport and logistics hub for mining and resources