Opportunities for Business

The Rockhampton Region is a natural hub for the future growth and development of Central Queensland with access to great health, education and transport facilities.  With a local population of approximately 120,000 people and double that regionally, the Capricorn Coast/Rockhampton region services a wide area and provides great opportunities for new and expanding business and industry.

The City of Rockhampton is one of two key regional logistical centres outside the southeast corner of Queensland that provides support for health, retail, education, recreation, engineering and major industries that contribute to 7% of the state’s Gross State Product.  Steady population and industry growth in the resources, manufacturing and primary industries sectors is supported by a wide range of retail, health and education services.  These services also support the broader Central Queensland region.

fitzroy riverThe Rockhampton Region has well designed modern housing estates, strategically planned commercial and industrial precincts for your business.  Affordability in the region is also perfect for new and expanding businesses, entrepreneurs, professionals and graduates with competitively priced industrial and commercial land available to support a variety of opportunities.  Rockhampton’s newest industrial area, Gracemere Industrial Area, is located to take advantage of access to local and regional markets and Yeppoon’s Gateway Business Park gives business and industry immediate access to highly reliable trunk infrastructure.

Queensland’s first dual sector university, CQUniversity, provides a strong link between education providers and local industry.  With the opportunities to learn and grow provided by CQUniversity, the Rockhampton Region benefits from a skilled workforce.  The broader service region also provides graduates with the opportunity to develop a great range of skills.

Australia-Singapore Military Training Initiative (ASMTI) – Maximising opportunities for local industry

The Australia-Singapore Military Training Initiative is about investing, building and training. It will provide Australian troops with better training opportunities and strengthen Australia’s relationship with Singapore, an important Defence partner. As host to this Initiative, the local communities of Central and North Queensland will benefit from economic opportunities that arise as the training areas are enhanced and as Singapore’s training activities increase.

Around $2 billion will be invested in the Central and North Queensland regions over the life of the Initiative. Consistent with the Initiative’s Memorandum of Understanding, the Maximising Opportunities for Local Industry Australian and Singapore Governments are committed to helping local businesses harness the opportunities associated with the Initiative.

Defence will be engaging with local businesses and industry over the coming months, to build awareness of potential opportunities and establish the necessary linkages to allow these opportunities to be realised. For information on upcoming events, visit our  Business Events Calendar  or contact Economic Development Manager, Neil Lethlean.

Click here to download a copy of the Australian Government Department of Defence Maximising Opportunities for Local Industry Flier

Click here to view the Socio-Economic Impact Assessment Fact Sheets


For further information:

Click here to download a copy of the regional infographic

Click here to download a copy of the Construction Skills Queensland Regional Profile 2017-18

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