Livingstone Shire Council today ratified a $3.5 million strategic land acquisition, comprising 55 hectares of industrial land, for the establishment a new Industry Park on the Yeppoon to Rockhampton Road between the Pineapple Patch and Bondoola.
Mayor Bill Ludwig said the new Industry Park will form an integral component of Livingstone Council’s economic development and job creation strategy for the Capricorn Coast.
“Livingstone Councils have had a long history of being proactive when it comes to developing industrial land to attract new business and investment to the region,” Cr Ludwig said.
“This latest acquisition will put Council in a solid position to potentially attract multi-millions in private sector development investment.”
“A major attractant for that investment will be the lifestyle opportunities that industries establishing on the Capricorn Coast will be able to offer their workforce.”
“Council hopes to be in a position to have up to 14 lots of the new Industry Park ready for sale or lease in as early as three months.”
“A major portion of the land has a prior approval and subdivision already in place. There is also an established transport hub operating on site as well as water and sewerage infrastructure available.”
“While Council will certainly be looking for a prompt return on investment there will be ‘start-up’ packages made available as incentives for new businesses.”
“Start-up packages would allow for commercial leases with options to buy subject to businesses meeting pre-determined investment criteria.”
“Council is encouraging existing Rockhampton based businesses to consider expanding current operations to the Capricorn Coast to take full advantage of our projected strong growth.”
“Long-term commercial and industrial growth will naturally expand here on the coast to cater for the rapidly growing residential market, and smart businesses will naturally want to get in on the ground floor,” Cr Ludwig said.
For further information or interviews please contact: Mayor Bill Ludwig Mob 0428-791792.