Welcome to ‘Beefworld’: Gracemere retiree's plan
EIGHTEEN years ago, Gracemere retiree Roger Bower hatched a plan from a life-long passion for the country.
Spanning over 800 acres and with a budget of $530 million, his project, "Beefworld", has made it to the planning stage and the 71-year-old is keen to start seeing shovels in soil and people through the doors.
He has built a model to scale which takes up a large section of a room at his home.
Now he needs to raise the funds, buy the land and get approval.
Mr Bower said the idea, set to be built at Gracemere, was developed from the need for a permanent, "365 day" tourist attraction to draw in interstate and international visitors.
"We picked Gracemere because of the country and the horses and the beef cattle," Mr Bower said.
"It developed from there and got out of hand.
"It should go ahead, it's going to go ahead."
Mr Bower said the project would create over 2000 jobs for the region and contribute "billions" back to the community every year.
But such a large tourist attraction would need security measures which Mr Bower believed should go beyond the extent of the law.
"There will be full security guards on duty 24/7 with loaded guns and police are advised to take caution because there are crooks around," Mr Bower said.
"They will be sheriffs and deputy sheriffs."
He said he would put the plans to Rockhampton Regional Council next week and was yet to purchase the land.
Mr Bower was unable to say when work would start.
Federal Member not convinced
WHILE Roger Bower believes his Beefworld project will get the green-light from local and state government, Member for Flynn Ken O'Dowd is not ready to sign on any lines.
Mr O'Dowd said he had been in discussions with Mr Bower about his plans for two years.
"I have never seen costings or documentation to support his proposal, and his plans keep changing," Mr O'Dowd said.
"I cannot support any proposal until I see accurate costings and documentation supporting the project.
"Until Mr Bower presents a reasonable plan to me, complete with accurate costings, research and supporting documentation, I cannot give credence to any of his projects."
Roger's plans for Beefworld
Two diners with 1000 seats each
160 x 140m 10,000 seat arena
Concert hall with 10,000 seats
TV and radio stations
Rental cars, tenpin bowling, IGA store and two banks
Telstra, camping and hardware outlets
Under-ground shooting range
Boutique winery and distillery
60-80,000 seat rugby and football stadiums
Speedway, go carts and lawnmower racing
Two paddle boats with casinos on the Fitzroy River