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Rockhampton, Fitzroy and Central West Queensland


Covering almost 460,000 square kilometres, the Rockhampton, Fitzroy and Central West region of Queensland stretches from “the Tropic of Capricorn coastal strip west to the Northern Territory and South Australian borders”.

Rockhampton is the largest city in this region and is situated on the Tropic of Capricorn on the eastern coast of Australia. The city is the key driver of the region’s economy, with dominant industries of “beef, mining services, minerals processing and manufacturing”.

Gladstone city is also a regional hub of heavy industry and “a key location for large-scale mineral processing and chemical projects”, boasting “world-class port facilities close to significant coal, gas, silica sand and limestone resources”.

Almost 40 per cent of Queensland’s coal production, over 14 per cent of its agricultural production and over 50 per cent of the State’s electricity comes from the Fitzroy and Central West region. Local and global demand for mining and agricultural resources continues to drive new investment opportunities in the region.

The emerging resources, manufacturing and construction sectors will also continue to drive the region’s growth and its role as part of Queensland’s economic ‘engine room’.

The region's mining sector contributes around AU$16 billion to the Queensland economy and this is expected to “grow between 7 per cent and 10 per cent per annum over the next five to ten years”. Manufacturing contributes “AU$14 billion to the Queensland economy and around 1 in 10 people are employed in manufacturing in Central Queensland”.

The region’s primary agricultural products include beef, grain, cotton, citrus and grapes.

Information adapted from the 2013 LSQ Member Directory.