LABOR candidate Leisa Neaton announced her vision for Capricornia's establishment of an international airport for freight and produce during her campaign launch yesterday.
Ms Neaton told the crowd she spoke directly with the Infrastructure Shadow Minister Anthony Albanese on this issue during his recent visit to the region.
"The step towards an international export facility is a must if we are to compete in the Asian market," Ms Neaton said.
"This burgeoning market values the high food security chain in our country and the quality of our beef, our exotic fruits and produce.
"Toowoomba's Wagner family invested $400 million of their own money to obtain what in essence Rockhampton already has, thanks to the Hawke Labor government that gifted Rockhampton Airport to council 30 years ago.
"Our airport is a community asset which can be driven harder to make greater returns. "I believe in making our region's assets work for us, the tax payer.
"I have been able to secure a commitment to bring more staff such as would be associated with attaining international export airport status through positions with AQUIS, Customs and Austrade."
Ms Neaton said there were already local industries like the nearby Pink Lily nursery excited by the prospect of exporting their products.
"Opportunities for expansion within the agricultural space are ready to gear up if we push the green button on an international export airport," Ms Neaton said.
"By adopting a growth mindset, we can make our airport work harder."