Grant Cassidy and Mayor Brad Carter at the launch of the document they hope will stimulate investment in the Rockhampton region.
Grant Cassidy and Mayor Brad Carter at the launch of the document they hope will stimulate investment in the Rockhampton region. Chris Ison

Brief's investment opportunities

IT'S green and glossy, easy to read and packed with reasons why the government, developers and corporations should invest in the Rockhampton region.

And it also spells out with great clarity where the money should be spent.

The Rockhampton Region Investment Brief was formally unveiled yesterday with a rousing endorsement from politicians and business leaders.

It will be sent to all tiers of government and to corporate Australia in a bid to make key decision makers aware of the opportunities for investment available to them in the heart of Central Queensland.

Prepared by Rockhampton Regional Council, in conjunction with Capricorn Tourism and Economic Development, the brief highlights “how investing in the region is investing in the future of our state and our nation”.

It describes six infrastructure priorities – road and rail, water, industrial land, the NRL bid, the creation of a dual-sector university and the twin tourism developments of Rockhampton riverfront and Yeppoon's foreshore.

Pull-out sections on each of the priorities explain not just how much money is required to make them happen, but how much they will generate in job opportunities and future contribution to the regional economy.

Other sections spruik the lifestyle opportunities for those who relocate from the capital cities – the housing affordability, leisure opportunities and the health and education facilities.

Grant Cassidy, chairman of CTEDL, said it would also prove a catalyst to get the region promoted the way it should be and help to persuade people in other parts of the country that they should move to Rocky.

“We are over the reports. We have to deliver on these projects because, as the brief shows, this is the most exciting time this region will have for decades ahead,” Mr Cassidy said.

Businessman Geoff Murphy, head of JM Kelly Group and leader of the CQ NRL bid, said it was a great advantage to the bid to have it named as one of the priority projects in the brief.



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