A Smart Regional Centre uses real-time data created by sensors, as well as information and communications technology, to help improve public services, grow employment, get the most out of our resources and provide a city where residents want to work and live.

It has been proven that smart technologies can improve public safety, arts, culture, modern education, tourism and recreation. It can also help to promote and protect our natural and built environments, heritage buildings and biodiversity.

To become a Smart Regional Centre it is proposed the following be established:

  • Strategic partnerships to support leading-edge research and development.
  • Smart Working Hub that will provide a high-tech facility for casual teleworking, collaboration, networking and learning opportunities, high-speed Internet connectivity and business meetings.
  • Not for profit Community Telco that will provide fast, affordable Internet access via this community-led initiative.
  • Free public Wi-Fi for the riverfront and CBD.
  • Smart lighting and pole technologies including digital signage
  • Other internet of things sensors including on-street parking sensors and park / garden irrigation.


Investment in resources.

Clean Coal

Current applications submitted to move the resources research hub from Canberra to Rockhampton.

Gas Transport

Infrastructure already in place to support additional gas pipelines, with considerable support for piped residential gas in new property developments.

Food Processing

2 existing meatworks processing exports to international markets.

Of the top 25 meat processors in Australia, Central Queensland houses three key plants. JBS Swift’s Rockhampton has a daily processing capacity of 676 head of beef. The plant produces a range of products from premium grass-fed chilled beef through to manufacturing meat and supplies markets, mainly in the USA and Asia.

Tey’s Rockhampton processor has a slaughtering capacity of 1731 head per day and remains Australia’s largest single shift slaughter. Teys Biloela plant has a daily capacity of 703 head.

The strength of the agricultural industry naturally presents a number of opportunities for food processing and value-adding. This is bolstered by abundant water allocations, suitable land types at affordable prices and easy access to key domestic and international distribution networks.

A number of burgeoning food processing industries have emerged, utilising surrounding agricultural produce and low cost startup costs to establish viable value-add businesses.

Further opportunities in this field are endless – from avocado, mango, pineapple, coconut, cocoa, coffee, aquaculture, dried meat, organic farming, crocodile and beef leather.

Other sectors

  • Disaster management & preparedness
  • Next-gen solar
  • Next-gen nuclear
  • Medical research
  • Ocean resources
  • Community & personal care
  • Retirement living & leisure
  • Reskilling an ageing workforce
  • Financing the future
  • Residential aged care
  • Preventative health & wellness
  • Digital delivery of health
  • Private schooling
  • Parcel delivery