Established infrastructure -The region’s transport networks and infrastructure play a pivotal role in the productivity of the agricultural sector with freight transported by road, rail, sea and air. The Port of Gladstone and Port Alma facilitate international export trade and provide closer access to international markets than many other agricultural hubs in Australia.
The region has three strategic airports at Rockhampton, Gladstone and Emerald for freighting of high value commodities and the State’s capital Brisbane is a one hour flight to the south. Central Queensland is experienced in utilising infrastructure to leverage agricultural growth. The airport is predominantly commuter based and is owned and operated by the Rockhampton Regional Council. However the Airport has the capacity to land the biggest aircraft in the world and the Australian, American and Singapore Army regularly utilise Antonov freight carriers to move large machinery and equipment.
Opportunity exists to develop airport and aircraft warehousing facilities to accommodate the expansion of agricultural airfreight.