Proposals are underway to give Livingstone Shire city status
CITY status for the Shire of Livingstone is a vital step to attract major funding from both government and private investors, according to mayor Bill Ludwig.
Statistically the shire is already a city in its own right with an overall population of 35,000 and a coast-based population of about 22,000.
Cr Ludwig said it achieved that status in 1999.
"In fact, when you look at our projected growth rates, we would be classified as up there among the fastest growing urban coastal centres in the state," he said.
"Official recognition will have the potential to generate huge economic benefit for the region."
Cr Ludwig said in 2007, Livingstone officially exceeded the city of Gladstone in population.
"This highlights the need for both state and federal governments to give priority to funding higher levels of infrastructure for our region," he said.
"Overall, shire growth has been consistently running at 2.2%, well above the state average, with coastal urban growth peaking above 3%.
"This growth will see the coast population grow to in excess of 50,000 by 2030, and over time possibly exceed that of Rockhampton, just as Hervey Bay outgrew Maryborough."
Cr Ludwig said city status was important to reinforce the case for greater levels of future state and federal funding.
"This new infrastructure should include things such as a future high school for Emu Park, and other higher education facilities, increased specialist health and aged-care facilities, and a range of expanded sports and recreation and cultural facilities," he said.
"With Great Keppel Island and the proposed Iwasaki master plan development both advancing rapidly, declaration of city status will also further consolidate the Capricorn Coast as an international tourist destination."
The council will prepare a proposal for city status to submit to the State Government.
With the passage of the Queensland Local Authorities Act 1902, Rockhampton became one of three former municipalities, alongside Brisbane and Townsville, to become a City on 31 March 1903, while North Rockhampton became the Town of North Rockhampton.