Convention centre should be focus now: Carroll

MARY Carroll doesn't like it when Rockhampton misses out.

The Capricorn Enterprise CEO said the city was missing out on "millions of dollars and jobs by waiting for an NRL team to be announced" when we should be focusing on the construction of a multi-purpose community and sporting complex, starting with a convention centre.

Mayoral candidate Michael McMillan announced on Monday his push for a $150million community and sporting precinct for CQ if he were to be elected as mayor next year.

Ms Carroll yesterday said that as Rockhampton was the only major regional city in Queensland without a convention centre, the economic uplift to the city and greater CQ could commence now and continue for a number of years as the stages of the complex could be funded.

PULLING POWER: An artist’s impression of the 1000-seat convention centre and 20, 000-seat stadium for Rockhampton. The construction could create 1000 full time jobs.
PULLING POWER: An artist’s impression of the 1000-seat convention centre and 20, 000-seat stadium for Rockhampton. The construction could create 1000 full time jobs. Contributed

"A 1000-seat convention centre and 20,000-seat stadium complex for Rockhampton has been one of our Priority Projects for the region for the past five years," Ms Carroll said.

"Over those years, our Priority Projects have had the support from our elected local, State and Federal Government politicians with consecutive State Governments committing to fund a stadium once an NRL team is secured. All six council mayors in the CQLGA (Central Queensland Local Government Association) also signed a joint letter prepared by Capricorn Enterprise to the State Government last year supporting the convention centre/stadium as a critical priority project for the Rockhampton region.

"We need to focus now on obtaining the $50.5million needed to construct a convention centre as stage one of a larger, multi-purpose complex," Ms Carroll said.

Rockhampton Mayor Margaret Strelow declined to comment and Member for Rockhampton Bill Byrne was unavailable for comment due to a Cabinet meeting.



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