GLADSTONE ECONOMIC PROFILE
The Gladstone Region provides the population of over 63,000 people with an enviable lifestyle within a strong and dynamic economy. With two of the world’s largest alumina refineries, Queensland’s largest multi commodity port and several other major industrial giants sited locally, the Gladstone region is known for its employment opportunities and skilled workforce.
The Gladstone State Development Area continues to attract large industry to the region, including the fledgling Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) industry. A strong retail and service sector within the modern urbanised city of Gladstone together with tourism and primary production (particularly beef cattle and timber) provide abundant choice for workers and opportunities for business people.
Well-developed infrastructure and services, including a regional airport, continues to support the localised identity of the communities across the region, providing choice in lifestyle. The Gladstone Region truly is a Region of Choice, offering a great place to live, work, play and invest.
The I-PG infrastructure development zone has within its radius, international, national and regional airport facilities, advanced medical facilities and other social services, universities as well as other institutions that teach specific capacities of higher learning such as colleges, technical training institutes, community colleges, nursing schools, research laboratories, centres of excellence, and distance learning centres.
Collectively, they provide the support factors which assist in the social settlement and securitisation of migrating workforce families.
GLADSTONE – AN EMERGING ENGINE-ROOM FOR SUSTAINABLE REGIONAL ECONOMIC GROWTH LEADING THE CHALLENGE IN SHIPPING – PORT AND LAND TRANSPORT REFORM
The Inter-Port Global Pty Ltd (“IPG”) strategic plan underpins the Queensland Government and Gladstone Regional Councils agenda for future growth and continued economic evolution of the Gladstone region.
In line with the Queensland Governments 30 year blueprint for state-wide economic and population growth, the large-scale development will provide the core elements of infrastructure required by key maritime industries, transport and supply chain logistics providers, heavy industry and ancillary support based services.
The development will render assistance to the Australian Government’s “Smart City Vision” that embraces capital city decentralisation, sustainable regional socio-economic growth and its commitment to smart investment, smart policy and smart technology.
Located on the 23,000 hectare Gladstone State Development Area (“GSDA”) site, the precinct will be the largest special purpose precinct ever built in Australia supported by state-of-the-art fully integrated multimodal freight corridors linked to all major economic growth regions throughout eastern Australia.
Comprehensive, the development focuses on providing sustainable pre and post development employment growth over 7 key regional industry sectors: construction, port services, transport/distribution, agriculture, resources, technology and tourism.