Stand back Mackay, I?m coming and ...?I want what?s mine
ROCKHAMPTON is planning a bold foray into enemy territory in a bid to grab a greater slice of the lucrative mining service market.
The city council is set to place a "Rockhampton Region Tent'' at Mackay's Queenland Mining Expo next year as it takes a more aggressive approach to selling itself to the booming coal industry.
Rockhampton Deputy Mayor Jim Webber denied the Mackay expo exercise was a declaration of war in the battle to win more of the region's mining dollars.
"We are not fighting with Mackay but we see the mining opportunities in the region growing, particularly around Moura and Blackwater,'' he said.
"We just want to get our share and we are not going to sit back and hope it comes to us.''
Mackay has already established itself as a leading mining service centre and Cr Webber said Rockhampton needed to sell itself as more than a cow town.
He said the Mackay expo plan was one of several ideas to promote the city to the mining sector.
"We are becoming more aggressive and that is continuing,'' he said. "We just want to let them know what facilities we have here.'' The prospect of Rockhampton bringing a stand to a Mackay mining expo did not faze Mackay Acting Mayor Don Rolls. "I'm not worried at all,'' he said.
"It's a competitive world and we need competition to keep us on our toes.
"We appreciate that Rockhampton needs to try to sell themselves.''
He said it was a big region containing huge coal reserves with Mackay well placed to serve the northern sector and Rockhampton the southern areas of the Bowen Basin.
Cr Webber said several Rockhampton businesses such as Hastings Deering, Joy Mining and Advantage Welding and Machinery were already enjoying great success by providing quality service to the mining sector.
Advantage Welding's owner-manager Simon Walford said virtually all his work already came from maintenance and repairs to mining machinery.
"I'm flat out and getting busier,'' he said.
"There is plenty of work out there for everyone.''
He started the business in 1995 and it has grown steadily to employ nine staff.