Rocky the mother lode for miners

By FRAZER PEARCE ? SHOPPING, dining and the cinema top the list of Rockhampton services used by people visiting the city from mining towns.

Doctors, specialists and friends were high on the reasons mining town families visited the regional capital.

The findings came from a survey taken from 40 responses to a questionnaire in the recent Coal Country Advertiser publication and were presented to Rockhampton City Council this week.

Rockhampton was by far the most popular destination for peo- ple taking a short break from home while Brisbane, Mackay, Gladstone and Emerald also figured prominently.

Most mining town visitors to Rockhampton stayed two nights. When asked how many times they had visited Rockhampton in the last 12 months the most common response was three to five times and eight times.

The main good and services sought when visiting Rockhamp- ton were clothes/shoes, groceries, dining out, seeing doctors and going to the cinema.

The accommodation preferences when on a short break were mostly motels and self-contained units.

Rockhampton Deputy Mayor Jim Webber said the positive response for the city from those surveyed was no surpise given what Rockhampton and the Capricorn Coast had to offer.

"Rockhampton and its environs are a tremendous attraction. I came here 40 years ago and said I was staying for four weeks. I have been here 44 years and I love it.''

He rejected claims Rockhampton was a "sponge city'' sucking the life out of country towns.

He said it was admirable for people in smaller towns to support a shop-local policy but it was unfair to criticise an established centre like Rockhampton.



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