Major Project Across the Capricorn Coast


Thursday, 26 October 2023


The Capricorn coast has continued to be a beacon for people wishing to relocate. Capricorn Coast life has to offer you beautiful beaches, blissful lifestyle and spectacular weather and that’s just the beginning. Major projects influence the economy and community. Some of the Major Projects that are set to impact our gorgeous growing community include the following:




Development Notification’s and Approval’s:


New Showgrounds:


It’s been under consideration for years and now Livingstone Shire Council says it's time to seriously investigate moving the Yeppoon Showgrounds to Barmaryee. Land off Milroy Drive and Stanley Avenue has been identified as a suitable site and with unanimous backing of councillors, state government funding will now be sought to evaluate the proposal. The new showgrounds would have expanded capacity to run an agricultural show, but at the heart of the council's plan lies a facility capable of hosting national and international equestrian events. Close proximity to the racecourse and pony club would facilitate a dedicated regional equestrian sports precinct, which deputy mayor, Nigel Hutton said would allow equestrian athletes to train on the Capricorn Coast and open up further sports tourism opportunities.



Rockhampton Ring Road:


The Rockhampton Ring Road is a long-term, visionary project for the Bruce Highway.


It will unlock future economic growth and deliver significant benefits including improved flood resilience, freight efficiencies and road safety, and reduced travel times A package of work grouped into North and South location sites has been developed, with major construction expected to start in late 2023. In early December 2022, the Australian and Queensland governments agreed to get the first construction phase of Rockhampton Ring Road underway in 2023.


Surf Lakes:


Located between Rockhampton and Yeppoon the site has been in use since 2018, but being a prototype has served only to successfully prove, test and improve the capability of Surf Lakes’ unique wave making technology. Surf Lakes has signed an agreement with wave pool operations company to rebuild the existing surf lakes Yeppoon research and development site and include significant development so that it may be open to the public. Construction for this is expected to start in 2023 opening to the public in 2024.



40 Farnborough Road:


Plans have been submitted for a new development on a prime Yeppoon block, with 23 units from two to four bedroom and a private rooftop garden, the development proposed for 40 Farnborough Road, Yeppoon.

An application was submitted back in December of 2022 to Livingstone Shire Council by Gideon Town Planning outlining plans for a residential development to include four two-bedroom units, 17 three-bedroom units, two four-bedroom units, swimming pool, two levels of basement carparking for 43 vehicles and a private rooftop garden.


Moah Creek Solar Plant:

Located 30km west of Rockhampton, the Moah Creek Renewable Energy Project is part of the larger integrated Central Queensland Power project being jointly developed by RES and Energy Estate. The portfolio of wind, solar and battery storage projects is designed to assist Central Queensland’s transition to renewable energy.




42-44 Arthur Street:


Retail, office, apartment development plans revealed for Yeppoon CBD.

More development is in the works at Yeppoon with new plans lodged for a mixed-use building with 28 two-bedroom apartments, two retail spaces and an office space. The subject site is 42-44 Arthur Street, which is currently improved by a two-storey building for Resources Consulting Services, owned by Terry and Pamela McCosker. The site neighbours the former Yeppoon Railway Station, which new plans were proposed for in November 2022 for six buildings including an indoor sport and recreational centre, medical facilities, drive-through food outlets and urban parks.




Stanwell Hydrogen Project:


Stanwell Hydrogen are working with Japanese companies Iwatani Corporation, Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Kansai Electric Power Company and Marubeni, and Australian energy infrastructure business APA Group, to undertake a detailed feasibility study into the development of a proposed large-scale electrolyser and liquefaction facility in Central Queensland.




John St and Logan Lane:


Townhouses proposed for 12 John Street, Yeppoon, the 500 sqm block of vacant land in the heart of Yeppoon would be subdivided into three lots for the four-storey buildings.

Plans have been proposed to subdivide a block of land 150 metres from Yeppoon’s main beach and build three townhouses. The proposal has been well designed and is an attractive development that is in a visible location and in close proximity to other medium to high density residential developments, the report states. The developers have the intention of subdividing the property into freehold land upon completion of the dwellings.


7th Brigade of the Australian Army:


Major Australian military base could be moved from the city to the country in $4.5billion plan to create 20,000 jobs and counter growing security threats in the south Pacific.


There is a proposal as of May 2022 to move the 7th Brigade closer to shoal water bay and be more readily available for any incursion.  The strategy involves establishing an Army barracks in Rockhampton, as well as an RAAF base at the airport. If delivered the move is forecast to create 21,866 new jobs and bring an additional 36,618 residents to Central Queensland in a $4.5b economic boost to the region, though no timeline for the plan had yet been established.




Retirement Village Kinka Beach:


There is a proposal for a Retirement/seniors village to be built at Kinka Beach next to an existing development.  The multi-residence village will have 100+ homes available to purchase or rent suitable for most budgets.  There will be open community spaces with a quality of living approach to housing the older generations in our community. Some of the outstanding features include:

  • Emergency Assistance
  • Health and Well Being Services
    (including virtual social and telehealth options)
  • In-home Care
  • High Speed Internet
  • Power and Energy options
  • Community Manager




Project Underway:



Rockhampton-Yeppoon Road Upgrade Project:


Rockhampton-Yeppoon Road is a regional road linking the Capricorn Coast, including tourist locations, such as Great Keppel Island to Rockhampton and beyond.

This project is part of the Australian and Queensland governments' 10-year Roads of Strategic Importance corridor investment. The initiative aims to enhance the efficiency and connectivity of key freight roads, particularly those connecting agricultural regions, ports, airports and other transport hubs and provide better access for sectors like tourism and mining. Rockhampton-Yeppoon Road is approximately 35.6km in length.



Stanage Bay Road Update:


The project, which is funded through the Federal Government’s Roads of Strategic Importance (ROSI) initiative, involves the upgrade and sealing of approximately 39.7km of Stanage Bay Road between the Bruce Highway and the Army Access gate. Increased heavy vehicle traffic usage due to military exercises has placed greater pressure on Stanage Bay Road, the primary northern access route to Shoalwater Bay Training Area and Stanage Bay Township. Stanage Bay Road is approximately 90km long in total, of which only 17.6km has been upgraded to sealed standard. It is estimated at $21.6 million. The sealing of this section of road will reduce ongoing scheduled maintenance on Stanage Bay Rd.



Shoalwater Bay Remediation Project:


Located approximately 80 kilometres north of Rockhampton, SWBTA is the Australian Defence Force’s primary training area for the conduct of large-scale, joint-force military training exercises. In a $135 million project scope includes a new 1,000 troop urban operations training facility, field hospital site and military campsite, along with upgrades and remediation to an airfield, internal roads, creek crossings and beach landing sites. The project includes the establishment and operation of two construction camps to support the delivery of the project works.




Keppel Bay Sailing Club:


Keppel Bay Sailing and Convention Centre jumps significant hoop securing local, award-winning architect.

With pre-construction planning commencing late in November 2021, the Keppel Bay Sailing and Convention Centre has further strengthened its position to deliver the state-of-the-art, game-changing facility, securing Yeppoon based architect, Brian Hooper as Project Manager. Creating a space that will inject millions into the community as well as attract conferences, sporting regattas, meetings and corporate events, the Keppel Bay Sailing and Convention Centre will create 298 new jobs and inject $39.8M into the regional economy during the construction phase. Construction of The Keppel Bay Sailing and Convention Centre has begun construction. The Keppel Bay Sailing and Convention Centre secured $20 million Federal Government funding.





Project Recently Completed:



Emu Park Reservoir:


The project involves the construction of a new 4 ML (megalitre) potable water supply concrete reservoir to the west of Emu Park. Estimated at $2.5 million includes a new potable water supply reservoir is necessary to ensure that the townships of Emu Park, Zilzie and Keppel Sands have sufficient and reliable water supplies into the future.





Alliance Aviation Hangar Rockhampton:

Alliance Aviation has brought its maintenance program from four overseas businesses to Rockhampton and build a $60 million hangar in Rockhampton. The company said Australian business had learnt a lesson from COVID-19 about domestic capability as borders closed and crucial supply chains were shut down. Its current maintenance is carried out in the UK, Slovakia, Singapore and Costa Rica. It said by onshoring all of its base maintenance there would be savings of between $5 million to $7 million a year, including 1.5 million litres of fuel. As part of the onshoring of the maintenance it did also recruit 25 apprentices.




Rookwood Weir Project:

Rookwood Weir is a landmark project that will capture valuable water in the lower Fitzroy River for use across the region. The last monolith of the Rookwood Weir spillway crest is now complete as of last September 2023

The project comprises of two key components:

  1. constructing the weir
  2. enabling works that will upgrade existing infrastructure to support both the construction of the weir and its operation





Capricorn Coast Memorial Gardens:

The Capricorn Coast Memorial Gardens will provide Livingstone residents with a landscaped parkland setting as a final resting place for their loved ones. The site is located at Taroomball off Tanby Rd, between Yeppoon and Emu Park. Council has received a $1.75 million grant from the State Government's Building our Regions program to aid in the development of the $3.5 million project. Council has prepared a Masterplan for the memorial parklands site and has commenced construction of the initial stage of the project.



Wreck Point Walking Trail:

Nature lovers will be able to explore more of the Livingstone coastline, with new walking trails under construction at the iconic Wreck Point lookout. The 495-metre-long walking trail will improve pedestrian connectivity between Cooee Bay Beach and Lammermoor Beach via the Wreck Point Lookout.



Clark Creek Wind & Solar Project:

Clarke Creek Wind Farm has reached a major milestone back in July 2022, with a ground-breaking ceremony marking the commencement of construction.

The Clarke Creek Wind Farm is an 800 MW wind project located in the heart of Central Queensland, approximately 150 km north-west of Rockhampton. It has become one of the largest wind farms in the southern hemisphere upon completion. The wind farm is part of a wider 1,200 MW project being developed by Squadron Energy, which also comprises 400 MW of solar power and battery energy storage. Clark Creek Wind and Solar Project has been completed.








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These Major Projects in process and development for the Capricorn Coast and surrounding areas offer opportunities for work and for the community to have access to more facilities. They also create the perfect opportunity for tourism to boom in the area. For more information click the links above and have a read of the Capricorn Coasts major projects. 







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