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SPOTLIGHT ON: GLADSTONE

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Gladstone, known as an industrial town and port facility, is at the south end of the Great Barrier Reef and offers pristine areas like Agnes Waters and 1770, the picturesque Boyne Valley and supplies services to Heron Island. The potential and liveability of Gladstone combined with its infrastructure and economic opportunities makes this community one of Australia’s best.

LIFESTYLYE AND EVENTS

Gladstone is situated on the southern end of the Great Barrier Reef. Taking advantage of the perfect climate and the reefs, visitors and residents utilise the resorts on Herron Island and enjoy exceptional reef fishing.

Growing each year for the last ten years, Gladstone has a population of approximately 64,000 people where the median age is 35 and the average weekly income is $1724. Home to 45,000 registered recreational boats for a population of 64,000, means 70% of the Gladstone population own a boat and must love their fishing!

The Boyne Tannum fishing competition is the largest fishing competition in Australia, held over the June long weekend where entrants can win prizes to the value of $320,000.

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ECONOMY AND INFRASTRUCTURE

The greater Gladstone region has a strong economic outlook with industry strengths in mining and gas, vocational and tertiary education, tourism, manufacturing, retail, health and community services.

Industry is well-entrenched, with the region offering a staple work force of 3500 employees who work in the Queensland Alumina Limited (QAL) and Orica Yarwun plants owned by Rio Tinto, Boyne Smelter (BLSL), Cement Australia, Queensland Energy Resources (QER) and NRG – Queensland’s largest power station (coal fired). Gladstone is also home to over 120 train drivers who deliver the coal from the Bowen Basin to the Gladstone Port.

Gladstone’s natural deep-water port is Queensland’s largest multi–commodity port containing world class port infrastructure and handles more than 79 million tonnes of cargo annually, making it the world’s fifth largest coal export port. This port delivers over 30% of Queensland’s exports and close to 10% of Australia’s exports.

Curtis Island, part of Gladstone’s Harbour is home to three LNG plants which holds a combined capital spend of $65billion and has a peak skilled employee pool of 12,500 workers. These coal seam gas to liquefied natural gas plants are nearing completion and the Queensland Curtis LNG (QCLNG) plant became operational in December 2014. The Australia Pacific LNG (APLNG) is due to be operational by June/July 2015 and Santos Gladstone LNG (GLNG) will deliver gas by the third quarter of 2015. These three operations have forward sold contracts in place for the next 30 years and the Shell Corporation has submitted a takeover bid for British Gas (BG), owners of the QCLNG plant, for $92billionAU.

The state government has set aside 27,000 hectares of land in the Gladstone State development area and with plans to improve and build on Gladstone’s reputation as Queensland’s key port, this area has access to rail, road and port infrastructure.

Gladstone industry

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