Terrence McLarty revealed a store in Yeppoon was likely next year, after opening a new store in Rockhampton yesterday with 21 new jobs.
Terrence McLarty revealed a store in Yeppoon was likely next year, after opening a new store in Rockhampton yesterday with 21 new jobs. Chris Ison

More jobs for Rocky

A LEADING Rockhampton car dealership will next week submit plans to council for a $2 million upgrade which will see the workforce in one of its departments double.

DC Motors owner Steve McCosker yesterday told The Morning Bulletin his expansion vision would increase the number of employees in his service workshop from 34 to 50.

The revelation comes as new figures show the level of confidence among Rockhampton region businesses is sky high.

A survey of 137 businesses by Rockhampton Regional Development reveals 93% expect their activity to increase or remain the same in the next 12 months.

Already 70% of local businesses have seen their activity increase during the past 12 months.

The survey shows 95% of business owners anticipate increasing staffing levels or retaining them in the next year, and 56% are planning expansion or capital expenditure in 2009.

Proof of that was evident yesterday with Sunshine Kebabs opening a second Rockhampton store on the city's north side, which created 21 new full-time, part-time and casual positions.

Area manager Terence McLarty also revealed plans were in the pipeline to open a third store, at Yeppoon, by early next year.

He said the franchise sold in excess of 400 kebabs a day in its South Rockhampton store and it was customers that prompted the second store in Rockhampton and ideas for Yeppoon.

Mr McLarty said he thought the results of the survey showed Rockhampton can “hold its own” and was excellent news for the region.

Rockhampton Prestige, another of the city's premier car dealerships, will open a $2.5 million showroom in two months time and owner Brad McBain said the industry was just seeing the incline in sales, which was a good indicator of consumer confidence.

“The confidence had been dented but it's repairing quicker than it was damaged,” he said.

Looking to the future, Mr McCosker said there was every reason to be confident with people starting to trust the economy.

“Most people have secure jobs and are not dealing with high interest rates and in theory they have a higher disposable income to work with.”

SURVEY RESULTS

Results for Rockhampton Region businesses:

• 87% indicated they had confidence in their business performance

• 13% had no confidence or were unsure about performance in 2009

• 95% would retain or increase staff

• 5% had a possible reduction in staff

• 70% said activity had increased or remained the same

• 93% expected activity to increase in next 12 months

• Businesses expecting to increase employment in the next 12 months rose from 35% in May 09 to 42% in August 09

• 56% planned expansion or capital expenditure • 24% were delaying expenditure


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