Situated perfectly at the gateway to the Bowen and Galilee basin coal mines, Rockhampton is the “go to” city for servicing the major projects and coal mines within the Central Queensland region.
The Central Queensland resource sector, which includes not just coal, but other minerals like gold, copper, magnesium and salt, contributes significantly to the Rockhampton economy. Over 1500 Rockhampton locals are directly employed by the resource sector, with this sector responsible for 25% of Rockhampton’s Gross Regional Product at a value of over $1.4 Billion.
It is an exciting time for Rockhampton with the amount of large infrastructure projects currently in construction, the ever increasing presence of local, superior mining sector companies operating out of Rockhampton, with projects such as Carmichael Mine, Olive Downs Mine and the potential of Mt Morgan gold mine being reopened. With additional opportunities to come in the construction and maintenance of Alliance airlines maintenance hangar at Rockhampton airport, The Rockhampton Ring Road and multiple other large scale projects within the wider Central Queensland Region, the region is buzzing with activity.
Rockhampton Regional Council has been an advocate for Alliance Airlines to relocate its aircraft servicing work from Europe and Singapore to Rockhampton and construction of the $70 million Alliance Airlines maintenance hangar at Rockhampton Airport is scheduled to begin in the coming months. Rockhampton Airport accommodates existing major carriers, Qantas and Virgin Australia, and have recently welcomed the addition of new Skytrans routes – linking regional destination cities like Rockhampton, Mackay and Cairns more easily to the major Australian capitals. On top of this new budget airline Bonza recently announced plans to service Rockhampton airport, introducing several new regional routes – a move that will open up opportunity for people to travel on a budget. These announcements, combined with the Rockhampton airport refurbishment that includes a new terminal design offering a better experience for domestic passengers, will cater for future growth of domestic and international passengers.
With a diverse economy, vibrant lifestyle, high quality services and facilities, the Rockhampton region is ideally positioned as a key industrial service centre of CQ. Rockhampton’s central location linking to major highways to the North, South and West, rail and air networks and its proximity to Queensland’s coal basins makes it a major resource and industrial hub. The development of the $1 billion Rockhampton Ring Road will provide a Western link to the Bruce highway, connecting the Capricorn Highway, Gracemere and Parkhurst industrial areas of Rockhampton to both supply chain routes and Rockhampton airport, improving connectivity, efficiency and opportunity. This connectivity is a key strength for Rockhampton, unlocking growth with a road network linking CQ to the nation and beyond. Combine this with the Northern Rail line running through the region and proximity to Port Alma and the Port of Gladstone, the supply chain opportunities are endless. It makes sense to do business in Rockhampton.
Rockhampton really is a city that offers something for everyone. Whether you’re seeking a shorter commute to work in the resources, mining and construction industries, a place to invest for your business that links you to global supply chains, somewhere you can access a world class education or just soak up the experience of living in a region with over 300 sunny days a year, Rockhampton is the place to be. It’s time to #putrockyonyourradar