McCamley's mini-town comes to life

IT’S full steam ahead for Sir Graham McCamley’s bold vision to build 3000 residential sites on one of the Capricorn Coast’s most popular beauty spots.

The grazier last week said the first new homes should be well on the way to completion within the next three months on a coastal strip between Causeway Lake and Lammermoor Beach, south of Yeppoon.

It will be projects like this that help the region accommodate a surge in population.

New Office of Economic and Statistical research shows Rockhampton’s population is expected to increase by more than 20,000 people by 2021.

The region’s population is tipped to reach 138,933 by 2021 before swelling to 162,873 by 2031.

CQUniversity professor of regional economic development John Rolfe said it was important the region had the infrastructure and services to accommodate the growth.

“We are about to start the project now with the first 152 blocks that have full approvals,” Sir Graham said.

“We have had enough inquiries for quite a few houses to start.”

He said a couple of big building companies had shown strong interest in installing their homes.

As well as the houses, the first stage of the project will include the construction of a runway, large conference centre and Christian college on the 470ha area.

A resort and hotel will complement these at later stages in the development of the $600m mini-town.

“I’ve been working on this for four years,” Sir Graham said.


On the fly

With its own airstrip, Livingstone Hills would be the ideal spot for fly-in, fly-out mine workers, Sir Graham McCamley says.

Sir Graham said the mining boom meant projects like Livingstone Hills would go ahead.

“Once the runway is completed it would cater for a whole range of people to FIFO – not only the mining sector, but many other people from workers right through to management of, for example, the proposed railway lines, etc,” Sir Graham said.

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