Virtually no Rocky projects in infrastructure draft plan
THE Rockhampton Regional Council is feeling a little left out after the Queensland Government's Draft State Infrastructure Plan (SIP) included virtually zero major projects from Rockhampton.
The SIP, released on October 26, was designed to outline a "strategic" direction for the planning, investment and delivery of infrastructure in the state.
With several projects identified in the Gladstone area, and responses open until December 4, the RRC is replying to the draft plan omission by outlining a long list of major plans in the works for Rockhampton.
In addition to the list, the council identified eight "high priority" projects, which included hot-topic works such as the hospital car park, the Fitzroy weirs and ring road.
The ring road bypass in particular had been a controversial issue in the past, with many arguing the road, which is intended to decrease the traffic load on the highway, would have an impact on business by decreasing visitor numbers.
Though the original list contained six top priorities, councillors attending the performance and service committee meeting yesterday moved to add two.
Mayor Margaret Strelow was quick to praise the State Government for their sole inclusion of the hospital's intensive care unit, while still making a case for additional support.
"The State Government have been moving very well to address several concerns and were able to witness that palliative care area, and we know the helipad has already saved lives... but now car parking is the next thing," she said.
"One thing that has been missed as a high project is the (cattle transport, off-ramp) bridge... I think we need to keep that. It is an important path to flow to the meatworks."
Councillor Neil Fisher also added in his concerns with the omission of the airport's military precinct before the additions were added to the motion.
"Firstly there is the military precinct for the airport. I think there is something there that has a number of strategic benefits to Rockhampton," he said.
"I would like to see these two others added to it because I think they play an integral role."
The finalised State Infrastructure Plan will be released in early 2016.
Rocky region's eight priority projects:
Fitzroy weirs - bring forward construction (0-3 years) to capitalise on federal funding opportunities (NWIDF and NAIF) and to support economic and regional development objectives.
Rockhampton Northern Access Stage 1 - bring forward construction (0-3 years) to address capacity constraints and freight movements into and out of the Parkhurst Industrial Area.
Rockhampton Ring Road - bring forward corridor designation and acquisition and start funding negotiations for commencement of Stage 4 in 5-10 years to address existing bridges congestion.
Rockhampton Base Hospital Car Park - bring forward design and construction (0-3 years) to address parking and access issues that have been raised by the community.
Rockhampton Inner City Revitalisation - State planning and catalyst project development to address inner city decline and promote economic and regional development.
Rockhampton Regional Industrial Estate (GIA) - plan and commence development (0-4 years) to address future demand and historical under investment in suitable industrial land product.
A defence precinct at the Rockhampton Airport - to progress the continued use of Rockhampton Airport by Defence and other allied forces by building a separate military precinct south of the existing terminal which will permit Defence to conduct uninterrupted operations at the airport, while allowing current and future day-to-day use of the airport to be maintained.
Cattle road train bridge access through Rockhampton - to allow transport direct to meatworks.