The Central Queensland region has a strong economic outlook with industry strengths in mining and gas, vocational and tertiary education, strong primary production, tourism, manufacturing, retail, health and community services. It includes 4 major service centres made up of Rockhampton, Gladstone, Emerald and Yeppoon.

Economy and infrastructure

Rockhampton is known as the beef capital of Australia. The city acts as a business gateway for the mining and agricultural industries that operate in Western Queensland. It houses 2 large abattoirs and one of the largest livestock sales facilities in the country at Gracemere, just west of the city.

The Gladstone Region is a thriving industrial base served by one of Australia’s busiest ports, the Port of Gladstone. With ongoing investment in unconventional gas, Gladstone’s strong industrial growth looks set to continue. Gladstone’s economy is also based on retail trade, metals smelting and manufacturing.

The region’s economy has been driven by global demand for energy and food resources. Central Queensland produces almost 50% of the state’s electricity and its natural deep-water port in Gladstone is Queensland’s largest multi-commodity port.

Industry growth areas

Food and agribusiness

Central Queensland is home to a multi-million-dollar agricultural industry that includes beef, cotton, grain and fruit production. This sector makes up nearly a quarter of our state’s total exports and is part of Queensland’s A$13 billion primary industry sector, which is supported by innovative research and development and rich natural resources.

The region produces an unequalled range of food products counter-seasonal to the northern hemisphere. Rockhampton houses 2 large export licensed abattoirs and one of the largest livestock sales facilities in the country.

Mining and resources

The Bowen Basin in Central Queensland is the nation’s largest coal reserve and has 46 operational coal mines extracting more than 200 million tonnes of coal annually, representing more than 90% of Queensland’s coal production.

Proximity to the Bowen, Surat and Galilee basins and established freight and logistics infrastructure (including ports at both Gladstone and Port Alma) make Central Queensland a major hub for coal, energy and gas production.

The port of Gladstone handles more than 79 million tonnes of cargo annually and is the world’s fifth largest coal export port. More than 30% of the Queensland’s exports and close to 10% of Australia’s exports are moved from the port of Gladstone. The largest wharf, RG Tanna Coal Terminal can move more than 70 million tonnes each year and handles more than 40 varieties of coal coming out of the Southern Bowen Basin mines. The new Wiggins Island Coal Export Terminal provides an additional 27 million tonnes of export capacity.

Gladstone is also home to a strong industry base including aluminium, chemical and cement production.

The resources of the Surat Basin mean coal and CSG production is expected to increase 10-fold by 2031. With A$59 billion worth of projects under construction and more investment in the pipeline, this substantial investment will dramatically expand the gas corridor and boost Gladstone’s standing as an international export hub.

Trade and investment services

Central Queensland is serviced by TIQ’s Rockhampton Office. To find out about more Queensland’s opportunities and competitive advantages, see the Queensland: Endless Opportunities investment prospectus.