News

Ludwig keen to see international airport for Rockhampton

"IT may take time", but Livingstone Mayor Bill Ludwig's push to land Central Queensland among key international destination circles could see the region's tourism market take off.

This week Cr Ludwig said he wanted Rockhampton Airport's potential to become a designated international destination for overseas passenger flights back on the cards.

He believed with healthy draw-card projects like the $600 million Iwasaki expansion and the Great Keppel Island resort development, Central Queensland would pit itself against major Queensland tourism centres like The Gold Coast and Cairns.

"This is something we need to look at again ... on the Capricorn Coast we will become an inter-state, intra-state and international destination," he said.

But Rockhampton Mayor Margaret Strelow said it was unlikely the airport would secure any international passenger flights with costs and resources needed for quarantine and customs procedures.

"This has been a constant theme for us for many years and we are well aware of the large economic benefits this could have on our region," she said.

Rockhampton Airport only receives international charter flights.

Business Enterprise Committee chairman Neil Fisher said the region lost 185,000 passengers a year when the Great Keppel Island resort closed for business.

Cr Fisher said the prospect of international passenger flights into Rockhampton Airport  would increase potential tourism and trade opportunities in Asia.

(Correction) Cr Fisher also said Rockhampton Airport had the third largest runway in the State, not that it was the third largest airport in the State as was previously reported in this article.

Rockhampton Airport manager Trevor Heard said a significant issue with Rockhampton becoming a fully-fledged international airport was having good population numbers because it was a factor airlines would consider.

Handling the big air cargo

Rockhampton Airport has the runways to handle some of the world's largest aircrafts, including B747s, B777s and A340s

The airport has approximately 750,000 passengers passing throughout the terminal every year.

Topics:  bill ludwig rockhampton airport tourism



How to survive a bushfire in your car

IT SOUNDS like a nightmare, but it can happen.

Eight reasons to join the RFS

SPREAD across 93% of Queensland, the Rural Fire Service has about 36,000 volunteers. And you could be one of them.

What if my insurer gives me grief?

CLAIMING your insurance cover after a natural disaster can go one of two ways. It can be a breeze, or like pulling teeth.

The heatwave is here to stay

Generic hot weather photo.

Summer has arrived with a vengeance

Worries for Livingstone rate payers as Shoalwater expands

Bill Ludwig is concerned for Livingstone rate payers

Mayor Ludwig voices concerns over no rates for Shoalwater

VIDEO: Colorado lifts the standard of today's tough work horse

Introducing the all new Holden Colorado Z71, exclusive to Lawrence's Holden.

Beasty dual cab locks in ruggedess and refinement

Local Partners

The heatwave is here to stay

Summer has arrived with a vengeance and there's no sign of it stopping any time soon


ACROSS THE REGION

CHRISTMAS SONGS: It's Carols by Candlelight in Emu Park this weekend.

LOOKING for something to do this weekend?

72 HOURS ACROSS THE REGION

Rock Force at the Great Western Hotel tonight. Performing all your favourite covers from all your favourite bands.

LOOKING for something to do this weekend?

New book to document history of Livingstone Shire

St Faiths School, Yeppoon.

Book includes previously unseen photographs of historical sites

David Attenborough on facing his mortality

Sir David Attenborough in a scene from the TV special The Death of the Oceans.

Life without Sir David Attenborough is hard to imagine

Goooodbye Hamish and Andy (from our radios)

Hamish and Andy

The pair have been on air since 2006

Saying "I do" changed Shia's outlook on marriage

Shia LaBeouf has a new outlook on marriage since he tied the knot.

Singer tunes in to first movie role

Tori Kelly voices the character Meena in the movie Sing.

Musician Tori Kelly voices Meena the teenage elephant in Sing

Cricketing greats bring Aussie mateship to commentary box

Cricket commentator Adam Gilchrist.

ADAM Gilchrist enjoys the fun of calling the Big Bash League.

The dead help solve the case

Debut novel delivers on wit, violence and shock

Chinese locked out of Australian property market

The rules are different if you're a foreigner

The buyer was from China - the trouble started right there

Morrison signs off on new affordable rental model

Australia's Treasurer Scott Morrison speaks during a press conference after a meeting of the Council of Federal Financial Relations at Parliament House in Canberra, Friday, Dec. 2, 2016.

Scott Morrison signed off on development of a new financing model

Coast high-flyer's fight back from bankruptcy, $72m debt

Scott Juniper went from millionaire developer to declaring bankruptcy in2012, now he is back on top of his game again with new developments including this one in Coolum.

'Apocalyptic lending storm' causes financial collapse.

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!