FOR the past 16 years I have lived in Rockhampton I have heard and thought about the potential of the Central Business District.
The area is blessed with a wonderful collection of historic buildings plus the major asset of having the Fitzroy River running past it on Quay St.
There has been the exciting evolution of Victoria parade with a series of high rise apartment buildings and the surge in inner city living has helped boost cafe and restaurant investment.
Cafes such as Giddy Goat, Blue Truffle and Degani have given East St a real eat-street feel.
It's great to see these establishments well patronised throughout the week and particularly on the weekends.
But Quay St remains an avenue of frustration when you regard its outstanding streetscape.
The vision for upgrading Quay St to boost investment is there - but the money isn't at this time.
But many millions have been spent in government funding to repair, maintain and upgrade classic buildings such as the Customs House, The Walter Reid arts centre and the School of Arts.
We have invested in our history, but what about money to secure and build a viable future for this area?
There is no doubt the constriction and patronage of a stadium/conference centre on Huish Drive would serve as a catalyst for business investment.
In the meantime, I'm sure international expert in CBD revitalisation Gilbert Rochecouste has plenty to work with as he looks at how he can realise the full potential of our CBD.
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