Jobs to prosper from development

GRACEMERE residents have a chance this week to have a say on the multi-million dollar industrial land development that could transform the region’s job prospects.

For years politicians have talked about the possibility of creating space for factories alongside the Capricorn Highway west of Gracemere.

Earlier this year the State Government announced $10 million to fund an overpass to make it possible for trucks to safely cross the railway line. The Blackwater rail line has been the main obstacle to industrial development. A community forum at Gracemere Community Hall on Thursday evening will give people the chance to help shape that development.

Mayor Brad Carter yesterday urged people to get engaged with the process.

“Part of the community consultation process is to identify a precise location for the overpass and I would urge local people, particularly transport operators, to get involved at the start.”

Member for Rockhampton Robert Schwarten stressed the importance of creating an industrial corridor.

“We need the space for major industries to grow,” he said. “It’s all about future growth and future jobs.”

The forum is scheduled for 6.30pm to 7.30pm on Thursday at Gracemere Community Hall in Barry Street.



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