Master planning gets underway for the Rockhampton Showgrounds Precinct

Published on 13 February 2023


Rockhampton Regional Council has the future of the Rockhampton Showground and Victoria Park firmly in its sights as it looks to engage a consultancy team to help develop a detailed Master Plan for the precinct.

Mayor Tony Williams said this is an important first step in what will ultimately be a long-term project bringing significant social and economic benefits to our Region.

“Rockhampton already supports major sporting, exhibition and entertainment events, but if we are to attract more major events in the future, we need to improve the precinct’s infrastructure,” Mayor Williams said.

“We must ensure that any improvements to the precinct meet the needs of our community while delivering a high-quality venue, that will attract large exhibitions, world class entertainment events and national and international sporting competitions.”

Communities and Heritage Councillor Drew Wickerson said Council has been talking with current users of the site and will continue to do so throughout the master planning.

“It is really important that we work with all of the stakeholders who currently use the site the master planning process will guide Council in the staged development of the precinct over time,” Cr Wickerson said.

“This is about creating a vision and plan for the precinct that works for everyone.”  

Sport Parks and Public Spaces Councillor Cherie Rutherford said plans for the precinct will support the future growth of sporting and major events for the whole community.

“Council is committed to ensuring that the showgrounds continue to be the home for major events, such as Beef Week - the largest celebration of the beef industry in the Southern Hemisphere - as well as other key events that will benefit our community for generations to come.”