Business

$50m Empire development revitalises Fitzroy River area

L-R Andrew Beaumont, Michelle Landry, Michale McCormack MP, and Grant Cassidy take a tour around the Empire as it nears completion in Rockhampton. Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin
L-R Andrew Beaumont, Michelle Landry, Michale McCormack MP, and Grant Cassidy take a tour around the Empire as it nears completion in Rockhampton. Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin Chris Ison

THE EMPIRE is serving up success in more ways than one.

The $50 million project has not only prompted the revitalisation of the riverbank but has also created hundreds of job opportunities in the region.

Federal Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry expressed her excitement for the opening of the Empire building next week and the future employment opportunities it will bring to the region.

"The Empire building is just a magnificent feature, with the three new restaurants and the accommodation above, there's 200 job opportunities available," she said.

"We have this magnificent asset here in this building but we also have the Fitzroy River and this is just a start of what we could actually do along this riverbank precinct and the job opportunities we could make available.

"This project has gone ahead so fast, it's injected millions of dollars into the local economy, it's employed hundreds and hundreds of people in the construction industry and then the hospitality industry once it's opened."

And the job boon is all thanks to the confidence of two local businessmen who invested in the development of the Empire on the riverfront all those years ago.

Local investor and part owner of the Empire building Andrew Beaumont said he was looking forward to the finished product of the facility after its three-year process.

"It's been in the making since mid-2011 so it's taken a few years but we're really happy with the outcome," he said.

"You don't often get local developers but my business partner and I don't see why you shouldn't invest here when there is so much potential. It's no secret people are drawn to riverfronts all over the world and the Empire will be no exception.

"This project is all about putting back into the local economy. We've had local builders, local trades and a huge amount of jobs available which is a lot for a small region."

The new riverfront restaurants will open to the public early next week and the hotel opening will follow two weeks after.

Topics:  andrew beaumont empire development fitzroy river



ROCKY'S CENTRELINK SHOCKER: 36% spike in welfare recipients

Rockhampton and Livingstone have recorded a 36% increase in welfare recipients.

Find out how many thousands are claiming welfare in our region

PREMIER'S VISIT: The projects exciting Rocky Region's business boss

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk will be in Yeppoon next month.

Premier to outline economic vision in Yeppoon

FAMILY HEARTACHE: Community rallies as Angela faces final days

Rockhampton's Blair and Angela Grice and their young family.

Football clubs come together in harshest of times

Local Partners

Yeppoon in good form, winning two from two

Yeppoon is off to a winning start in the 2017 Classic Challenge.


New Year New Yard

Win $1000 Bunnings Voucher
Learn More

Noll meltdown won't affect Gympie Oz Day concert

Shannon Noll

Photo Contributed

Shannon Noll is still expected to perform in Gympie next Thursday

NITELIFE: Were you snapped out and about this weekend?

L-R Garry "Jonathan Hair” Smith and Isabella Higgins at the Ginger Mule. Photo Liam Fahey / Morning Bulletin

See who was out and about in Rockhampton over the weekend

WHAT'S ON: Your guide to the weekend

Check out the LEGO this week

Looking for something to do? There's plenty happening in the region

Fresh faces: NCIS gets a shake up with new cast members

The new cast of NCIS, from left, Rocky Carroll, Pauley Perrette, Sean Murray, David McCallum, Brian Dietzen, Wilmer Valderrama, Emily Wickersham, Mark Harmon, Duane Henry and Jennifer Esposito.

THREE new characters join naval drama for season 14.

First the Onesie, now an Xbox One S inflatable controller

Fancy an inflatable Xbox One S controller?

Inflatable controller 'perfect sidekick' for Australia Day party

Sarah Harris: Here’s what Amber Sherlock should’ve done

Studio 10 and Shark Tank presenter Sarah Harris.

STUDIO 10 host says Sherlock could’ve avoided the subsequent uproar.

Amber Heard 'smitten' with Elon Musk

Amber Heard

ACTRESS is reportedly excited about going public with new boyfriend

New doco argues ‘OJ Simpson is innocent, and I can prove it’

O.J. Simpson

NEW documentary series claims to have found “missing evidence".

REVIEW: Undressed is more than titilating entertainment

Nathan and Tahlia meet for the first time on the TV series Undressed.

'DIVERSE' dating show goes more than skin deep.

Historical home leaves family's hands after 75 years

SALE CONFIRMED: The Gympie Regional   Realty team which sold the Ramsey property are (back) Mel Gastigar, Dorothy Palmer and Margaret Cochrane, with (front) home seller Terri-Jayne Ramsey.

Ramsey family played a huge role in Gympie's growth.

What a year 2016 proved to be

Entrance Island, Birtinya

Get the inside info from the agents themselves

REVEALED: What Coast wants in an international airport

Sunshine Coast business people share their views on what's needed

Time for a cool change

43 Eckersley Ave, Buderim.

Family home goes to the auction floor

Designer home set in lush tropical gardens

This home has it all and more

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!