HELD UP: 5 projects that would deliver thousands of Rocky jobs
EARLIER this week, CQUniversity announced it was putting on hold its plan for a major multi-million dollar upgrade of its north Rockhampton campus.
University bosses said they wanted to enter further consultation with key parties before proceeding.
The university is looking to invest about $15m of its own money in the project, which is just one of a handful across the region people are holding their breath on.
All up there are billions of dollars of investment and thousands of jobs tied up in the following five projects.
And while these ones may be on hold or waiting for approvals to proceed, we've included five key projects (below) where work is already under way.
CQUNIVERSITY: CQUNIVERSITY'S $15 million super campus plan is on hold as bosses enter further consultation
The move came after Queensland Teachers Union (QTU) president Kevin Bates aired concerns over the closure of the Canning St campus, formerly CQ TAFE, which would move to the Rockhampton North centre.
On March 8, the university revealed plans to create a "state-of-the-art facility” to refurbish the existing spaces on campus.
Vice-Chancellor and President's Office director Joanne Perry, speaking on behalf of the Vice-Chancellor and president Professor Scott Bowman, yesterday confirmed they would "put project consolidation plans on hold for the Rockhampton campuses”.
Rookwood Weir: A $300 million Central Queensland project, set to create over 2000 jobs, has received its final tick of approval from the Federal Government.
The water security project, which is set to provide up to 400 construction and 2100 ongoing jobs, is now in the hands of the State Government.
Already $130 million has been promised from the Federal Government to help build the weir between Rockhampton and Gladstone.
But the project still needs approval from the State Government, which is assessing the Lower Fitzroy River Infrastructure Business Case.
GKI: The $600 million Great Keppel Island eco resort project remains in limbo a decade after the old resort was shut down.
The developer, Tower Holdings, remains confident it can secure an investment partner to finance the project but a backer is yet to be secured.
It has reportedly been in talks with a number of interested parties.
The plan includes a new 250-room beachfront hotel, 700 luxury villas, 300 luxury apartments, a 250-berth marina, premium retail village, day spa, Greg Norman designed championship golf course, commercial airstrip, research centre and a 575 hectare environmental protection precinct.
All approvals are in place for this 1000 job construction project.
ROCKHAMPTON Regional Mayor Margaret Strelow said the city offered a deal mining giant Adani just "couldn't walk past”.
In a coup for the region, Rockhampton has been short-listed as a FIFO hub for the company's Charmichael coal mine in the Galilee Basin.
Cr Strelow said the FIFO hub was expected to generate up to 1500 jobs in each centre.
The $16.5b open-cut and underground coal mine will yield 60 million tonnes per year and generate 1075 construction jobs, with an operation workforce of 3800 once up and running.
Iwasaki Resort: WATCH this space, tourism will continue to boom.
That was the message Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk gave to 120 Central Queensland businesspeople at a lunch hosted by the Capricorn Chamber of Commerce in Yeppoon earlier this year.
Her reassurances came after a meeting with Yoshitaro Iwasaki about the proposed $600 million redevelopment of the Iwasaki Capricorn Integrated Resort.
The project is expected to create over 19,000 jobs over 20 years.
"He is determined to see his resort re-opened and refurbished,” she said.
5 PROJECTS HAPPENING NOW
Heritage Hotel: FOR over a year the iconic Heritage Hotel in William St, Rockhampton, has been closed.
But 2017 holds a new beginning for the Heritage Hotel with major renovation and restoration works under way.
The pub/club/restaurant's latest teaser video on Facebook reveals the venue will re-open within months.
Rockhampton Riverbank: Late last year, Stage 1A of the project was completed and work began on stage 1B, the section of Quay St between William and Denham Sts.
In late December, Rockhampton Regional Council announced Woollam Constructions were the successful tenderer for the $11m central precinct of stage two of the project.
Work on the central precinct, which includes a new pier and restaurant, water jet plaza, Rod Laver plaza, landscaping, event infrastructure, curated public art and shaded seating with water misters to keep riverbank revellers cool, is underway with a finish date before the end of 2017.
Yeppoon foreshore: COULD the lagoon precinct be the Christmas trifecta for Yeppoon?
Livingstone Shire Mayor Bill Ludwig certainly hopes the latest stage of the foreshore project could be the third major development unveiled in time for the festive season.
Shaped by community consultation, the updated plans for the lagoon precinct have been published and the project is now open to tenders with construction set to start in May.
The $15 million, 2500m sq lagoon will be the centrepiece of the foreshore, with an integrated shallow kids pool, an area with enough length to do 25m laps and several solid shade structures.
Designs show the lagoon will be surrounded by lawn terraces, timber decks and a ramp walkway along the beach front.
Gallery Apartments: By the end of 2017, a new high-rise will have joined the Rockhampton skyline.
Earthworks began on the $20m 10-storey residential apartment building on Victoria Pde in November.
Once completed, the building will also include a new restaurant.
Kershaw Gardens: The $14m development plan for the Central Precinct has been approved by Rockhampton Regional Council and major work is this year expected to start on various aspects of the plan including an expansion of the carpark, plenty of shaded seating areas, BBQs, nature play area, a maze and the relocation of the monorail.
A highlight of the playground is a shallow water play area which is designed to represent the Fitzroy River with its crossings and features such as the barrage.
Construction works will require the central section to be closed for 12 months from April 2017.