WE ALL knew it and now a major property magazine has confirmed it: Rockhampton is the Boom Capital.
That's the title given to the city by the latest issue of Queensland Property and Lifestyle, released today, and investors like Rocky Car Wash co-owner Derek Mayne are cleaning up.
The Emerald-based businessman and his Rockhampton-based partner chose to open their new business in the beef capital because of the city's thriving economy.
"Obviously we looked at the population growth and we could see with all of the mining happening in Central Queensland Rocky was definitely benefiting,'' Mr Mayne said.
Mr Mayne said he had not been disappointed, reporting solid business since the car wash opened three weeks ago.
The new attention comes as Rockhampton prepares to take centre stage next week with State Parliament packing up and moving to the Pilbeam Theatre and thousands converging on Gracemere for Brahman Week.
And if the quarterly magazine, published by the Real Estate Institute of Queensland, is anything to go by Rockhampton should get used to the spotlight, at least from a real estate perspective.