Rockhampton Engineering Hastings Deering

The Rockhampton Region has had a 150 year connection with the mining and resources sector.  This link started in 1858 with the Canoona Gold Rush and has continued to the present through the Region’s role as a major service centre for the coal mines in the Bowen, Galilee and Surat Basins.

 In 2018 the resources sector is in a recovery phase and this is anticipated to impact positively on Rockhampton from both industrial/mining services and residential perspectives.  There are some 4,463 or 13% of working residents that travel outside of the Rockhampton LGA to work (2016 Census) with about 1,327 of those directly employed in the mining industry, 425 in manufacturing, 306 in construction and 197 in transport and logistics. This is generally consistent with and reinforced by the Queensland Resources Council’s estimates of the impact of the resources sector on the Rockhampton Local Government Area (which also looks at second tier effects). 

Gracemere warehouse forklift

In addition to the broad based resources sector recovery, Council has entered into an arrangement with the Adani Mining regarding the Carmichael Mine which should see a substantial portion of Adani‘s construction and operational workforces reside in the Rockhampton Region.  Adani Mining CEO Lucas Dow announced on 29 November 2018 that finance for the project had been approved and that construction would be underway by Christmas 2018.  Construction of the Carmichael Mine rail line has the capacity to open up the Galilee Basin with other coal mines coming on line in coming years.

Parkhurst Industrial Estate

Parkhurst, north of Rockhampton, is the perfect location for this advancing industrial growth area.

A section of the Bruce Highway passes through the centre of the suburb from south to north, while the North Coast railway line also passes through the suburb from south to north, on the western side of the highway.

With Parkhurst industrial facilities, the estate is able to offer infrastructure and services for which there are significant economies of scale. As an investment in Rockhampton’s growth, it provides a foundation for advanced economic development by accelerating industrial development and creating employment opportunities. Furthermore, it is an engine to promote specific industrial sectors and groups of skilled and qualified persons; and enhance the relocation of industries, especially small scale and artisan industries, away from Rockhampton’s more congested areas.

For business looking to invest in business development, Parkhurst’s primary objective is to provide advanced integral infrastructure to small and medium-scale industries, which have high value, expect sustained growth and provide vital services to the Rockhampton region.

Key contact

Jack Trenaman  E:

Gracemere industrial estate

Gracemere Industrial Area

The Gracemere Industrial Area(PDF, 3MB) (GIA) has the capacity to house businesses servicing the Bowen, Galilee and Surat Basin coal mines.  It is an important asset for our region as it expands our ability as a major service point for Central Queensland businesses.

The GIA has been transformed into a specialised transport hub.   Many transport companies focus on the resources sector, while the movement of cattle has been the centre of attention for others.  GIA is one of only a few industrial areas in Queensland capable of handling 23 and 25 metre B-doubles and Type 1 and 2 road trains.

In general, the industrial precinct is excellently located for businesses seeking to provide goods and services to coal mining and coal seam gas operations.  The Bowen Basin is 200km west of the GIA, the Galilee Basin a further 250km west and the Surat Basin 300km south west.  Gladstone Port is 110km south, while Queensland’s capital Brisbane is a further 490km.  Emerald, the centre of the vibrant Central Highland’s irrigation area, is 260km west, while Biloela, the principal service centre for the Callide-Dawson region, is 156km south-west.

It is likewise well positioned for those businesses wishing to provide goods and services to the Central Queensland’s burgeoning primary production sector.

Rockhampton Regional Council continues to expand infrastructure in the GIA.  It has spent more than $15 million constructing roads and water and sewerage mains in the areas east of the Gracemere overpass. The RRC planning scheme permits businesses to operate 24 hours a day in all but some boundaries of the GIA.  Some additional landholdings beside E Williams Road have also been included in the GIA scheme. 

The GIA has the capacity to specialise in developments from mining, gas and energy; transport; freight and logistics; agriculture and food processing; manufacturing; construction; and support businesses to suit.  These developments underline that the GIA has become one of Queensland’s pre-eminent transport and logistics centres, which is of particular benefit to Central Queensland’s mining and agricultural industries.

Key contact

Gracemere Industry Inc.  E:


Gracemere Industry Park is a 25ha industrial land subdivision located on Somerset Road (and adjacent to the Capricorn Highway), Gracemere approximately 10km west of Rockhampton City. It is a major boost for investment in Rockhampton, catering for the overflow from the existing industrial precincts that are at capacity, while also allowing for growing demand for industrial land required to service the mining sector.  It caters for owner-occupiers and tenants alike.  The industry park can accommodate flexible allotments ranging in size from 1,000sqm to 50,000sqm and will also cater for a wide range of users having land zoned low, medium and high impact.  Current businesses include Toll NQX Freight Services, Aurizon, Emerald Carrying Company, Fraser's Livestock Transport, Crawford's Transport, Degunst Transport (CQ) and Pacific National Coal. 

Road trains are unable to enter the current Rockhampton industrial precincts with consequent loss of time and double handling required. Alternatively, Gracemere is the starting point for access to industry and mining throughout the region, and has been designed to cater for a wide range of transport requirements.  

The estate is one of the few industry parks in Queensland capable of catering for road trains with wide estate roads and near immediate access to the Capricorn Highway and the Gracemere Industrial Area overpass.

Key contacts

Matthew Gibb  E: 
Matthew Thiselton  E: