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, in part due to the pending construction of the Rookwood Weir project.
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.
Advance Rockhampton has been actively involved in encouraging further agribusiness opportunities along the Fitzroy River and prepared the Grow Rockhampton(PDF, 3MB) brochure for distribution at Beef Australia in May 2018. The brochure addresses locational advantages; water resources; land resources; existing production; intensive livestock opportunities; horticulture opportunities; industrial land; access and logistics; education, training and research; planning and development approvals; and Department of Agriculture and Fisheries.
Fitzroy Agriculture Corridor Online Mapping Tool
Disclaimer - Rockhampton Regional Council will not be held liable under any circumstances in connection with or arising out of the use of the information contained in the Fitzroy Agriculture Corridor Online Mapping Tool and any attachments nor does it warrant that the information is free of errors or omissions. Information contained in this document is not intended to be a source of advice or analysis with respect to the material presented, and the information contained in this document does not constitute investment advice.
Our region is more than just the Beef Capital. Our aim is to be the Aquaculture Capital of Queensland in the coming years, here is our Advancing Aquaculture in Rockhampton(PDF, 3MB) document.
The Queensland State Government has declared two aquaculture development areas within the Rockhampton Region totaling 3,700HA. This makes up over half of all land identified as part of the aquaculture development areas across the State with a focus on saltwater enabled aquaculture.
The location of each ADA is available online at www.business.qld.gov.au/industries/farms-fishing-forestry/fisheries/aquaculture and through the State Planning Policy interactive mapping system at https://planning.dsdmip.qld.gov.au/maps
The Rockhampton Region provides aquaculture developers with a platform to launch potential large scale aquaculture developments whether they be pond based or tank based aquaculture systems (subject to approvals). The Fitzroy Delta, one of the largest delta systems in Australia provides opportunities for saltwater aquaculture developments.
Advance Rockhampton has under its stewardship the internationally capable Rockhampton Airport. Our airport lands the largest aircraft in the world and has the capacity for freighter services. With Singapore being a seven hour flight from Rockhampton, this opens up opportunities for international trade of aquaculture products to Asia.
The Rockhampton Region also has opportunities for freshwater aquaculture to take place and Advance Rockhampton is focused to develop this industry in our region.
View the Advancing Aquaculture in Rockhampton(PDF, 3MB) document for further details.
View the following presentations provided to landholders regarding Advancing Aquaculture:
Advancing Aquaculture Presentation 1(PDF, 9MB)
Advancing Aquaculture Presentation 2(PDF, 7MB)
Advancing Aquaculture Presentation 3(PDF, 2MB)
Advancing Aquaculture Presentation 4(PDF, 21MB)
- Wade Clark, Senior Economic Development Officer, Advance Rockhampton P: 07 47936 8577 M: 0458 579 457 E: firstname.lastname@example.org
QLD GOVERNMENT - RURAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT GRANTS
Expressions of Interest for Round 2 are now open.
Queensland Government - Qld Rural and Industry Development Authority (QRIDA), have opened up Expressions of Interest for Round 2 of the Rural Economic Development Grants Scheme. Funding to the amount of $10m over three funding rounds has been allocated for these grants. The QRIDA grants will fund projects which provide unique opportunities to generate economic and employment opportunities related to primary production across rural and remote Queensland.
Grants are available up to a maximum of $250,000 with a 50 per cent cash contribution requirement from applicants.
Example projects eligible under the scheme could include the development of new products or markets, or improved business processes where such investment creates employment – for further detail on eligible applicants and eligible projects under the scheme visit the Queensland Government Website:
Round 2 expressions of interest will close to submissions on 6 September 2019. It is anticipated that a third round for the scheme will commence in mid 2020.