Transport and Logistics
Rockhampton is the nexus linking Central Queensland’s goods and services to the nation and beyond.
In today’s globalised economies, efficient and integrated transport and logistics systems are drivers of competitiveness and economic development. For Rockhampton to realise its economic potential, we must redevelop inefficient transport routes, improve national and international linkages and develop contemporary logistics facilities.
To achieve these, Rockhampton must address three critical challenges:
1. City road and rail bypass
2. Development of regional integrated logistics and industry hub
3. Airport planning and investment connecting people with the region and goods freight to consumers.
While the private sector will provide most of the investment needed, the State and Federal Government must prioritise and fund upgrades and improvements to critical transport infrastructure to create the networks
and environment needed to mitigate risk and facilitate investment. Rockhampton Regional Council will work to ensure that critical investment is appropriately prioritised to remove constraints to investment and facilitate long
awaited social benefits.
To provide the transport and logistics systems the region needs, Rockhampton Regional Council will:
• Appoint an Industry Champion to identify industry impediments, needs and opportunities and advocate for the investment needed
• Lobby the State and Federal Governments to bring forward the full construction of the Western Road and Rail Corridor
• Plan for and promote the development of the Gracemere Industrial Area to as a fully integrated regional logistics and industry hub
• Deliver the Rockhampton Airport Master Plan
• Work with the Airlines to develop new routes and seat capacity
• Examine the opportunity for dedicated air freight facilities and national and international freight connections
• Set aside airport strategic lands for future defence air and ground logistic purposes.