President’s wrap up of 2017

President’s wrap up of 2017

It’s been a year of mixed outcomes across our great Region. Whilst the economy continues to warm up, it suffers the occasional hiccup with announcements of further business closures and the inevitable roundtables of “political point-scoring” on major issues.

All up though, we end 2017 in a much better position economically than what we started.

In no particular order:

  • The Adani Carmichael Mine was given the green light and of course, Rockhampton managed to gain an important slice of the pie with a lateral approach to jointly building an airport at the site to secure one third of the FIFO construction and ongoing workforce;
  • We’ve seen stage 1 of the Quay Street redevelopment and Denham Street re-opening., showcasing to passing tourists, the beauty of the Rockhampton riverfront precinct;
  • The opening of Panorama drive has opened up land for future seascape development opportunities as well as providing an important access for traffic around the Yeppoon CBD;
  • The newly elected State Government has promised $25 Million worth of infrastructure spending for Great Keppel Island.
  • Carbine Resources received their final approvals for work to commence on the Mt Morgan gold mine which should now commence in the first half of 2018
  • Further approvals have been granted for multi-story developments as the Rockhampton CBD skyline continues its transformation to a 21st century city amidst heritage listed 19th century grand architecture
  • Almost inconceivable that this was in 2017, as it seems so long ago – the Federal government blocked compulsory acquisition by the ADF to increase the Shoalwater Bay precinct
  • Another successful operation Talisman Sabre upon announcements of further investment by the Singaporean government to increase our facilities across Central Queensland

The Chamber itself has been immensely busy with a range of activities that have either had direct support for some of these projects; or which have driven other economic activities in our region:

  • A luncheon to host both the Premier, the Hon. Anastacia Palaszczuk and the Treasurer, the Hon. Curtis Pitt
  • Myself as a representative of the CCC at the Senate Committee Hearing into the ADF presence in Central Queensland
  • Hosting Qld’s Chief Entrepreneur, Mark Sowerby for a luncheon at the Keppel Bay Sailing Club
  • Co-organisers of the 2017 Capricornia Business Awards that culminated in a night that hosted over 200 business leaders to showcase the best businesses across our region
  • Myself representing the CCC on the Rockhampton Regional Council’s Business Advisory Committee
  • Regular monthly networking events held across both Livingstone Shire and Rockhampton Region precincts with a wide range of informative and entertaining guest speakers
  • Sent two committee members to Brisbane for a “Go Local” summit of all the Chambers of Commerce across Queensland
  • Presence at the recent Gear Up Rocky event
  • Countless engagements with both Councils’ staff regarding policy, events, information and strategy.
  • Lobbied tirelessly on a range of issues such as
    • Compulsory Acquisition of land adjacent to Shoalwater Bay
    • Argued for the commencement of flood mitigation along the riverbanks of the Fitzroy
    • Continued the push to see GKI works commenced or the opportunity for other potential investors to have opportunity
    • Pushed for the Rheinmettal Group to acquire the (soon to be closed) Aurizon facilities in Rockhampton for production of military vehicles

It’s certainly been a busy year and we look forward to 2018 with great anticipation. The “green shoots” of better economic times are providing businesses across our region with greater confidence that we have in fact turned the corner and that all our immediate futures are much brighter.

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and an enjoyable and safe New Year.

See you in 2018 !

Peter Fraser
Capricornia Chamber of Commerce

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