Capricorn Enterprise Annual Report 2021/22

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2021 ANNUAL REPORT 2022 Facilitating Future Prosperity CAPRICORNENTERPRISE.COM.AU

C A P R I CO R N REGIONAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT Capricorn Coast & Rockhampton Region REGIONAL TOURISM Capricorn Coast & Keppel Islands Rockhampton Region Central Queensland Highlands Business Support & VisitorDevelopmentTourism&Servicing DestinationInvestmentAttractionMarketingTHE ENTERPRISECAPRICORNOFROLE

CONTENTS Our Major Partners 2021/22 4 Message from the Chair & CEO 5 Board of Directors 6 Our Team - Capricorn Enterprise Staff 8 Management Committees 9 Member Events & Communication 10 Advocacy - Tourism & Economic Development 12 Major Projects - Regional Economic Development 14 Partnership Projects 18 Economic Development Services 20 Tourism Marketing - Consumer 22 Tourism Marketing - Campaigns 28 Tourism Trade & Partnerships 30 Industry Development & Capacity Building 32 Tourism Media - Consumer 34 Event Support 38 Special Projects & Initiatives 40 National Experience Content Initiative (NECI) 42 Visitor Services & Volunteers 44 Members 2021/22 46

The success and continuity of our organisation is largely a result of the following Corporate and Platinum partners and sponsors.

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OUR MAJOR PARTNERS | 2021 - 2022


Some of the highlights of the 2021/22 year include our Inaugural Best in Business Awards in partnership with Capricornia Chamber of Commerce; fifteen (15) Member events, including our Annual Major Projects forum, which collectively attracted nearly 1,000 attendees; the National Experience Content Initiative (NECI) with Tourism Australia, Tourism & Events Queensland and our operators; our ongoing marketing and promotional efforts which include a number of Television collaborations and multi media campaigns including “This is Yeppoon, See You Soon”; and our ongoing capacity building programs and initiatives to provide constant support and assistance to our Members.


The Directors of Capricorn Enterprise are pleased to endorse this annual report to you, our Members, Sponsors, Local Government Partners and Stakeholders.

The 2021/22 financial year has been another success story for Capricorn Enterprise, our Members and Stakeholders in our incredibly diverse region which straddles the Tropic of Capricorn from the Keppel Islands in the east to the Central Queensland Highlands in the west.

To the year ending March 2022, our Capricorn region welcomed over one million visitors (1,066,000), over three and a half million visitor nights (3,631,000), spending $697 Million which equates to a $654 spend per visitor, either on a holiday, here for business or visiting friends and relatives (VFR).

Our number of visitors, visitor nights, visitor expenditure and length of stay continues to increase in our Capricorn region, particularly in the holiday sector, breaking records across the entire Southern Great Barrier Reef destination with an 11.3% growth over three years since pre-covid 2019.

Central Queensland continues to be the economic powerhouse of the state and nation, with multi billion dollars’ worth of investment continuing across public and private sector developments in transport, energy, water, defence, health, education, and tourism. The demand for short term and long-term housing and unit rentals and purchases has never been stronger with a less than 1% vacancy rate across the Rockhampton region and Capricorn Coast.

We sincerely thank our major local government funding partners, Livingstone Shire Council (LSC) and Central Highlands Regional Council (CHRC) for their ongoing support. As we are required to match a significant portion of our state government funding with dollar for dollar contribution from local government, LSC has committed proportionally more for six (6) financial years to ensure Capricorn Enterprise has been able to retain its status as one of thirteen (13) official Regional Tourism Organisations (RTOs) in Queensland as recognised by Tourism and Events Queensland (TEQ)

We acknowledge the continued efforts and dedication of the staff and volunteers, ably led by CEO Mary Carroll, who all work tirelessly on a daily basis to help facilitate future prosperity. Their advocacy efforts have helped grow our region by increasing visitation and investment. The Board wishes to thank Janelle Kerr, who retired in September after 17 years as Financial Controller/Office Manager of Capricorn Enterprise and its predecessor organisation – what exceptional

As we reflect on the past year we look forward to the next, which will not be without its challenges, as is the reality of advocating on behalf of our region on a broad range of issues, particularly to government.

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Unfortunately I need to report that after 18 months of positive discussions with Rockhampton Regional Council to support Capricorn Enterprise, I was recently advised that support will not be forthcoming. It is disappointing and puzzling to me that our largest Local Government Authority is not supporting the Regional Tourism Organisation. This is very uncommon in Queensland and may affect the level of support that Capricorn Enterprise will receive from the State Government going forward. It is also perplexing to me that Rockhampton Regional Council spends millions of dollars on its own internal local tourism body but is not willing to support Capricorn Enterprise for a fraction of that cost. I sincerely hope that Rockhampton Regional Council will support the regional tourism body in the future for the sake of our region, as I believe we will be far stronger by working together.

all our business Members for your ongoing commitment to your people and places with special mention to two Queensland Tourism Award AND Qantas Australian Tourism Award GOLD Winners in Empire Apartment Hotel and Beef Australia (BEEF21) – what an extraordinary effort!

Our small but dedicated team are committed to not just achieving but excelling.

Mary Carroll Chief Executive Officer Chairman


Partnership and collaboration is key to the continued success of our region and it is thanks to the ongoing support of our Members, Sponsors and Stakeholders, that Capricorn Enterprise has been able to achieve so much during 2021/22.

of the ongoing efforts of Capricorn Enterprise we continue to welcome additional members each year.

The exceptional team, both paid and voluntary, at Capricorn Enterprise has once again delivered over and above to our Members and Stakeholders, visitors, and community on a modest operating budget. We value the long-standing partnerships we enjoy with businesses, local and state

The body of work outlined in this report is outstanding when you consider we operate with four (4) full-time and four (4) part-time staff, servicing hundreds of members across a geographical footprint which takes in much of Central Queensland. Thirty-five (35) wonderful volunteers also give freely of their time at the Capricorn Coast Visitor Information Centre seven days a week.

• Regional Tourism Organisation (RTO) Network Queensland


During 2021/22 Capricorn Enterprise was a Member of:

• Tourism Australia

• RACQ (Royal Automobile Club of Queensland)

• Mount Morgan Promotion & Development (MMPAD)

• Stanwell Community Partnership Fund

• Capricornia Chamber of Commerce (CCC)

• Gladstone Engineering Alliance (GEA)

• Central Highlands Development Corporation (CHDC)

MAX ErgonHOGANEnergy HEATHER PEIRANO Piranha Insurance CHRIS HARRIS C.T. Harris Company& DEREKAssociateLIGHTFOOTMember CHAIR BOB AssociatePLEASHMember VICE CHAIR HELENHomeCapSCHWEIKERTCoastLoans CR NIGEL LivingstoneHUTTONShireCouncil OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS | 2021 - 2022 CHRIS ButlerBLOXSOMPartners 1 Boardroom Lunch with Richard Marles MP, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Defence and Senator Murray Watt, key industry representatives. 2 Minister for Tourism, Stirling Hinchliffe MP, with Capricorn Enterprise team members Krista Brown and Alyssah Anderson. 3 QLD Resources Council CEO, Ian Macfarlane, with Senator Matt Canavan; Member for Capricornia, Michelle Landry MP; Member for Keppel, Brittany Lauga MP; and Capricorn Enterprise CEO, Mary Carroll. 4 Queensland Treasurer and Minister for Trade and Investment, Cameron Dick MP; with Gladstone Mayor, Matt Burnett; and Capricorn Enterprise CEO, Mary Carroll. IMAGES PARTNER ORGANISATIONS | 2021

• REIQ (Real Estate Institute of Queensland)

• Queensland Tourism Industry Council (QTIC)

• Chamber of Commerce & Industry Queensland (CCIQ)

• Fitzroy Basin Association (FBA)

2022 5 Queensland Leader of the Opposition, David Crisafulli MP; with Capricorn Enterprise Directors and Corporate Partners. 6 Deputy Premier, Steven Miles MP and Member for Keppel, Brittany Lauga MP, meet with Woppaburra Elder, Bob Muir, tourism operators, and GKI island residents. 7 Member for Capricornia, Michelle Landry MP meets with Capricorn Enterprise Gold and Platinum level tourism members. KIMCQUniversityHARRINGTON

• Queensland Resources Council (QRC)

• CQUniversity R’ton Region Engagement Committee

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• Regional Australia Institute (RAI) - Regional Australia Alliance (RAA) -

• Volunteering Queensland

• Bundaberg Tourism

• Australian Institute of Company Directors (CEO – MAICD)

Capricorn Enterprise liaised/partnered with:

• Caravanning Queensland

• QICA (Qld Information Centre Association)

• QLD Local Content Leaders Network (QLCLN)

• Queensland Master Builders

• Resource Industry Network (RIN)

• Local and State government departments

• State and Federal Ministers and Shadow Ministers

• Gladstone Area Promotion & Development Ltd (GAPDL)

• Tourism and Events Queensland (TEQ)

• Construction Skills Queensland (CSQ)

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MARY CARROLL Chief Executive Officer Company

KRISTA BROWN & Marketing Manager

ALYSSAH ExecutiveCommunicationsANDERSON(4DAYSP/T) OUR TEAM | 2021 - 2022 OUTGOING TEAM



JANELLE KERR Controller/ Office Manager (until Sept 2021)

In September 2021 we farewelled our Financial Controller and Office Manager, Janelle Kerr, who retired after 17 years of dedicated service. We sincerly thank Janelle and congratulate her on this outstanding milestone.

(5 Days P/T)

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Industry SupervisInfLEANNEManagerEngagementSMITHormationCentreor(untilFeb2022)


CARMEL HUMPHRIES Economic Development Project Officer (4 DAYS) MEMBERS


In February 2022 our Visitor Information Centre Supervisor, Leanne Smith retired. Leanne had been welcoming visitors at the VIC for the past 6.5 years.






| 2021 - 2022

MarketingMANNERSTRALEExecutive HEATHER MarketingCONGRAMExecutive(untilSept2021)

Lillian Lever Koorana Crocodile Farm

Kennas Chartered Accountants

Pat Lilleboe

COMMITTEES | 2021 - 2022 21/22 KEY REFERENCE DATES: COVID-19 > 15 July 2021: Victorian Delta lockdown (ended 27 July) > 20 July 2021: South Australia lockdown (7 days) > 31 July 2021: SEQ lockdown (3 days, extended to 8 August) > 4 August 2021: Melbourne Delta lockdown > 8 August 2021: Cairns and Yarrabah (3 days, ended 11 August) > 13 December 2021: Queensland interstate border restrictions removed > Capricorn Enterprise hosts 'Legal Lunch' to assist businesses understand their rights following the announcement of mandatory vaccinations in certain sectors. [SEE IMAGE ]

Callan Buccholz

Sonia Barber Livingstone Shire Council

Butler Partners (CHAIR) Laurence Stitt (until May 22) Rsured Pty Ltd

Wayne Litherland Babsuva Pty Ltd Prue Saxby Indigo Gold

Russell Claus Livingstone Shire Council


Taylor Made Marketing

Sail Inn Yeppoon


Oshen Yeppoon


CAPRICORN ENTERPRISE INDUSTRY GROUP (Economic ChrisCommittee)DevelopmentBloxsom

Wayne Litherland Babsuva Pty Ltd

Carl Carter Cooper McKenzie Marketing Michelle Trail Master Builders Queensland


Kortes Resort

Colin Strydom Design + Architecture Jason Spence iAssist

Stage & Audio

Paul Thompson

Tanya Lynch

Vue Wine Bar & Restaurant

Brad Korte

Andrea Stojke

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Central Highlands Development Corporation

> Major Projects Forum, Frenchville Sports Club, Rockhampton - 28 Oct 2021

Members Networking Nights are an excellent opportunity for members to share information and make new contacts. Functions are held approximately every 8 weeks at a different member’s venue each time. Thank you to Members who have hosted our Networking Nights in 2021/22:

> 18th February 2022 – Surf Lakes Yeppoon

Best Small to Medium Business (Sponsor: Hughes et al) WINNER – AQUATIC POOL & SPA SERVICES


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Kim Harrington |

CQUniversity – December 2021 “

The 2021 Best in Business Awards was held on 27 November 2021 at Korte’s Resort Rockhampton. Hosted by Capricorn Enterprise in partnership with the Capricornia Chamber of Commerce, 240 enthusiastic guests packed into Kortes Resort to celebrate local entities who have adapted, achieved, and created immense opportunities to forge a strong and resilient business community. A total of 92 nominations were received across 7 competitive categories, together with 49 additional businesses vying for the exciting People’s Choice category. The Winners were:

Communication with members continues to be top priority. Capricorn Enterprise distributes approximately 50 ‘Inside Capricorn’ EDMs per year, with a consistent readership and content providing members with critical updates and opportunities.

Best Apprentice or Trainee as nominated by an Employer (sponsored by Ergon Energy) WINNER – JESSE LAWTON (SMOOOTH JUICE)




Choice – (Sponsor: Johnson’s 4WD Repair Shop)

Hi Mary and Phil, I wanted to send you my sincere congratulations on a highly successful Best in Business Awards 2021 event. Capricorn Enterprise and Capricorn Chamber of Commerce are to be commended for working together to coordinate and host such a large and gala event. An enormous volume of work for all involved, it was such a great night, good to see so many local business people come together to celebrate.


> NBN Assistance Business Lunch, Oshen Apartments Yeppoon - 8th Feb 2022

> Experience Design Pilot Program Workshop, Rosslyn Bay Resort, Yeppoon - 13 July 2021

> 16th December 2021 - Christmas Networking Night, Capricorn Dinosaur Mini Golf Yeppoon

Best Community Enterprise (Sponsor: Gibb Group) WINNER – BUNDARA KINDERGARTEN


Best New Business (Sponsor: Stanwell)

Over the past 12 months, Capricorn Enterprise has held over 15 member events with almost 1,000 attendees.

> 4th May 2022 – St Aubins Village, Rockhampton

> 30th September – Annual General Meeting, Rocky Sports Club, Rockhampton


> Legal Lunch, Dreamtime Cultural Centre Rockhampton - 8th Dec 2021

> 30th March 2022 – Salty Lime Co, Emu Park

> Regional Economic Update, CocoBrew Rockhampton - 29th April 2022

> 10th August 2021 – Oshen Apartments Yeppoon


Best Employee as nominated by an Employer (Sponser: Butler WINNERPartners)–SHAE MINTO (ROCKY SPORTS CLUB)


Best Response to the COVID-19 Business Environment (sponsored by NBN co.)


> Manufacturing Forum Breakfast, Empire Apartment Hotel Rockhampton - 10th Feb 2022

> Conversations with Industry - Tourism & Events Queensland, Virtual Meeting (Zoom), 9 August 2021

> Experience Design 2.0 Workshop, Salt Yeppoon, 11 May 2022

The Move to More campaign was was very successful for our region, seeing Yeppoon in the Top 5 most searched locations on the website. Yeppoon was also featured in the Hidden Gems social media campaign, with the objective to inspire metro audiences to start considering some of the lesser-known locations in regional Australia. [SEE IMAGE 5]

Research reveals that local infrastructure projects exceeding $6.0 billion were under construction, in design phases or drawing to a conclusion across the region encompassing Livingstone and Rockhampton Regional Council areas during the 2021-22 year continuing to provide opportunities for regional business and local workforce.

Capricorn Enterprise has been and will continue to work closely with project proponents and managers including Tier 1 and Defence Prime Groups, plus local business and industry representatives to maximise local participation and content. While some projects are drawing to natural conclusions or at the stage of having released all work packages, other projects are gearing from design to development phases, supporting the economic development of our region.

> Great Keppel Island (GKI) Resort

The agreed PRG Vision Statement for Great Keppel Island is “Woppa (Great Keppel Island) is an inclusive, globally celebrated and loved, low impact marine and ecotourism destination delivering world-class interpretation and experiences that support the maintaining, protecting and nurturing of the islands diverse ecosystems and cultural land and sea country of the Woppaburra.” $26 Million is quarantined by the State government for common user infrastructure on Great Keppel Island.

> Regional Australia Institute (RAI) – Regional Activators Alliance Capricorn Enterprise is one of 45 Organisations/LGAs in Australia which contributes to the “Regional Activators Alliance”, a collaboration to ensure our region is included in the $5 Million two year national campaign Move to More, co-ordinated by the RAI.

On the 15th Sep 2020, the Federal government announced $23Million funding for the Rockhampton Stadium at Victoria Park (following a federally-funded $250,000 feasibility study conducted in 2013/14 by global stadium design experts, Populous). A 16,000 seat stadium and 1000 seat conference room is planned and expected to commence early 2023.[SEE IMAGE 3]

> Surf Lakes Yeppoon

In March 2022, Hancock Prospecting announcement they had commenced due diligence to purchase the 2013 GKI Resort approval including transfer of leases but stated in June 2022 they were not proceeding.

Deputy Premier Steven Miles hosted by Member for Keppel Brittany Lauga met with Capricorn Enterprise and operators on GKI in February 2022. [SEE IMAGE 4]

The advocacy efforts of Capricorn Enterprise are critical to the short, medium and long term prosperity of the Capricorn Region.

> Stadium

In January 2022, Livingstone Shire Council approved a development application for this commercial wave park facility including roadworks/access and accommodation. Capricorn Enterprise has assisted founder, Aaron Trevis, since its inception. [SEE IMAGE 1]

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These projects provide significant opportunities for local business/industry in terms of local content in major infrastructure projects including transport, water, energy renewables and defence.

> Keppel Bay Sailing Club Convention Centre Capricorn Enterprise played a key role in helping to achieve the $20M federal government funding commitment for the Keppel Bay Sailing Club (KBSC) Convention Centre and Sporting Hub. Construction is expected to start in December 2022 and be completed by the beginning of 2024. This state-of-the-art, gamechanging facility is project managed by Yeppoon based architect, Brian Hooper. [SEE IMAGE 2]

The GKI Project Reference Group (PRG), of which Capricorn Enterprise is a member, attended 4 GKI Master Planning workshops from Oct to Dec 2021, led by the Department of State Development (DSDILGP). The process was stalled during the due diligence period, but recommenced in August 2022 with a view to delivering a draft GKI Masterplan by December 2022 for public consultation.


As a key Priority Initiative for the region since 2010, ten potential sites were highlighted by the CQ NRL Bid Team for investigation by Populous, with constraints and risks taken into consideration. These sites included Yeppoon, Parkhurst, Central Queensland University, Jardine Park, Kershaw Gardens, Lakes Creek Road, Aurizon CBD Site, Rosel Park, Browne Park, Rockhampton CBD and the Showgrounds Precinct.

ADVOCACY R egional Tourism & Economic Development

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MAJOR PROJECTS R egional Economic Development

Whilst commitments have been made in respect to local industry participation on many of these major projects (ranging from 65% up to 80% local content), Capricorn Enterprise’s overall challenge is ensuring that industry are suitably qualified and demonstrate a competitive edge to maximise participation.


• New Riverslea Bridge and road upgrade completed mid-2021

• Capricorn Highway Intersection and Second Street and Third Street upgrade, Gogango – completed August 2020

• Thirsty Creek Road upgrade – completed June 2020

• Rookwood Weir, construction commenced with early works in late 2020 and in-river and main construction works commenced in April 2021. Concrete pouring started mid September 2021

A recruitment drive was launched in early March to fill 40 positions and was increased to 90 due to plans to further ramp up in construction following weather delays in late 2021. However, the usually wet May has increased the River Level (RL) to 42 causing inundation of the coffer dam which can sustain a RL of 37. The workforce has been diverted into above-river activities such as turtle passage and other upper bank works.


The project created 172 construction jobs across four years presenting ongoing opportunities for local suppliers across the Central Queensland region.


Clarke Creek Energy has been acquired by Squadron Energy, which is owned by Tattarang which is Andrew Forrest’s private investment company. Windlab will be overseeing construction of the Clarke Creek Wind Farm located 150 km north west of Rockhampton and 150km south of Mackay in the Isaac and Livingstone Shire


Accommodation camp construction has also commenced, with civil mobilisation and substation access road construction to start on completion of the camp. Stage One (400-500MW) anticipated to be fully operational in 2024, Stage Two (total 800MW wind & 400MW solar) could come online in 2026.


All key stakeholders, Landholders. CCC, Councils, state & federal governments are aware of the new project ownership. Windlab has commenced construction with early clearing works by cBoP Catcon proceeding.

Leigh Walters, Project Director – Clarke Creek Wind Farm, Goldwind Australia presented a project update to the 2021 Major Projects Forum.

John Burke, Head of Construction, Windlab, provided an update on the project at the Regional Economic Update, April 2022.

The construction of the $352M Rookwood Weir project is funded equally by the Federal and State Governments. Project timeline:

• Hanrahan Crossing upgrade started October 2021, completion was expected mid-2022.

• Foylevale Crossing Upgrade construction scheduled to commence by end 2022 for completion mid-2023

• Project was 61% complete in May 2022 with expected completion 2023, weather permitting.

Capricorn Enterprise has continued to work with the project proponents to inform the region of the opportunities presented by this project. At the 28th October 2021 Major Projects Forum, Mark Cope (Acting Project Director – Rookwood Weir, SunWater) provided an update on the Rookwood Weir and its opportunities. IMAGE



Whilst this $241 million project was completed in April/ May 2020, further refurbishment of the original section of the Centre continued from July 2020. This Centre was officially commissioned in July 2022.

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completed the Clarke Creek Wind Farm will be the largest wind farm project in the southern hemisphere; project investment around $3 billion; incorporating 100 Goldwind turbines totalling 450MW; 346.5MW section supplying Stanwell Corporation under Power Purchase Agreement; projected injection of over $100 million into the local and regional economy during construction. Jobs estimated at between 300-350 during construction phase and creating 30 FTE during operation. Project is estimated to take 31-33 months from early works to full operations in the 1st Stage.

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> Yeppoon to Rockhampton road duplication - $64m committed by the Federal Government and $16m by the State Government.

• Simon Currie, Energy Estate

• Mark Cope, Sunwater

• Gene Tunny, Adept Economics


• James Foreman, Laing O’Rourke


With approximately $6 billion invested or proposed in the local area over the ensuing five years, 2021’s Forum highlighted the extent of many of these projects, their timelines for delivery and importantly how regional business and industry groups can engage. The audience of 150 received valuable information from a range of guest speakers including:

• Leigh Walters, Clarke Creek Wind Farm

Gladstone Area Water Board (GAWB) is the preconstruction proponent for the project. The ECI contractor selection is progressing, submissions were due on 10 June 2022. Capricorn Enterprise has had discussions with CPB Contractors, BMD McDonnell Dowell are also submitting a bid. Note: construction phase requires Qld Govt approval.

> Rockhampton to Gracemere Duplication –duplication of the Capricorn Highway ($75M) between the Yeppen Roundabout and O’Shanesy Street, Gracemere. Liaison with managing contractors Fulton Hogan/SMEC. Completed July 2021. The completed upgrade to the Capricorn Highway has increased capacity and reduced travel times particularly during the peak traffic times in the morning and afternoons.


The 2021 Capricorn Enterprise Annual Major Projects Forum, held Thursday 28th October 2021, is the premier project forum in the region highlighting projects - 13 speakers/topics and 150 attendees. [SEE IMAGES 1-6]

SWBMTA - ASMTI Project: The project has now reached a milestone with construction of the overall Shoalwater Bay Training Area (SWBTA) expansion now 50% complete. The project reports a total of 127 packages have been awarded, totaling $425m, with $358m awarded to local suppliers. [SEE IMAGE 1, P15]


On the 29th April, the 2022 Regional Economic Update in association with Fitzroy Basin Association provided an engaged audience with updates from RDA Central Western Queensland Director, Tony Gambling, and Head of Construction at Windlab, John Burke.

The Work in CQ digital platform developed to assist in meeting the emerging shortfall of between 3000 and 3500 jobs (excluding workforce requirements for the Carmichael Mine project) as well as the local workforce requirements across all business/industry sectors went live in September 2020. The site attracted more than 11,000 unique visits during 2021-22.

• Ian Macfarlane, Queensland Resources Council

• Lewis Glynn, Surf Lakes

• Robert Sobyra, Construction Skills Queensland


• Elyse Riethmuller, Fitzroy Basin Association.

MAJOR PROJECTS R egional Economic Development


• Everald Compton, Order of Australia Association

This $1 billion project is fully funded with $800M Federal government and $200M State government funding. A new 14.7km ring road will be delivered with a total of 17.4km of new road being constructed. [SEE IMAGE 3, P15]

Capricorn Enterprise continues to liaise with the defence industry and major project proponents for the Shoalwater Bay Military Training Area and the AustraliaSingapore Military Training Initiatives Facilities Project to ensure local businesses and industry maximise their opportunities to be involved.



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I would like to thank Capricorn Enterprise for organising another superb Major Projects Forum. Every topic covered was significant to Central Queensland, and the calibre of presenters provided an informative and engaging day. Stanley

• Rory Holmes, Stanwell Corporation

> Bruce Highway – Northern Access Upgrade –duplication of approximately 4.9km between Yeppoon Road intersection and Terranova Drive ($121M). Liaising with Project Managers McIlwain/SGQ JV. Completed August 2021. The Rockhampton Northern Access Upgrade addressed safety and capacity issues identified on the Bruce Highway 7km north of the centre of Rockhampton.

• John Abbott, Inter-Port Global

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- Wolfies Farm

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Enterprise received the below feedback from Matt Smith – Strategic Recruitment Advisor.

In 2021, Capricorn Enterprise assisted CQ Health with a Mental Health Recruitment Campaign. Our marketing team designed a flyer to assist in the recruitment of Capricornstaff.


Regular engagement with LSC Strategic Growth Team and Consultants on major projects including the Capricorn Coast Homemaker Centre, The Gateway Industrial Area, The Old Railway Station site, Great Keppel Island, Keppel Bay Sailing Club Convention Centre, Surf Lakes Yeppoon, future accommodation, infrastructure, eco-tourism and other opportunities.

Workshop dates:


2 September 2021 – Marketing your business

- High Valley Dawn

> End Loneliness Project – 29th July 2021, 26th August 2021, 16th September 2021, 23nd September 2021, 23rd November 2021, 9th December 2021, 27th January 2022, 16th February 2022, 24th March 2022

funding for Workshops for Construction industry personnel in September 2021. A series of three workshops were delivered to further develop the business skills of the construction industry. Workshops were very highly regarded by attendees.

Rockhampton Regional Engagement Committee –25th August 2021, 3rd November 2021, 16th February 2022, 22nd June 2022


DAF was so impressed by the Taste Capricorn Coast (TCC) project, it encouraged Capricorn Enterprise to apply for a $50,000 grant to support 8 TCC Members with their e-commerce to promote their agricultural businesses. The initial workshop was held in May 2022, with one on one assistance provided by our consultant. The project will conclude by November 2022. Participants are;

- Salty Lime Co.

- Estimated 20+ appointments made

- Senior / Leadership positions filled – Team Managers and Clinical Leads.

3 September 2021 – Business systems and risks



- Koorana Crocodile Farm



The network provides the opportunity for experienced individuals from economic development organisations, local government and industry groups to share best practice initiatives on local content, industry participation, procurement and purchasing and regional Meetingsdevelopment.2021-22:2nd July 2021, 27th October 2021, 24th November 2021, 25th March 2022

Industry Skills Coordination ProgramCSQ is an independent industry-funded body supporting employers, workers, apprentices and career seekers in the building and construction industry. Capricorn Enterprise worked with CSQ as Industry Skills Co-ordination to address the potential shortfall in construction workers in the region as a consequence of the major projects underway and coming online in the CSQregion.provided

- Mountain Creek Avocadoes

Capricorn Enterprise values its extensive networks and partnerships which result in critical growth for the region.

- Various Mental Health Clinician positions filled across the Central Queensland region.

- EKM Grazing Hedlow Beef

1 September 2021 – Focus on customers

- Dynamic Eggs


- Adult Inpatient Unit staffed to full capacity.

Capricorn Enterprise attended the initial meeting of the Central Queensland Olympic and Paralympics Games Taskforce. Based on this meeeing the taskforce are forming subcommittees to focus on the specific areas including Sports, Facilities, and Services. Capricorn Enterprise will continue to support the efforts of these committess.


- Woodvale Park Biodynamics


Total applicants: 160 Notable achievements:

Thank you so much for everything you do.

To the Capricorn Enterprise Team, Thank you all for your endless support and work you have done for us at The Salty Lime Co.


It has been the best decision for us as a company and individuals to become members with Capricorn Enterprise, we have had so much growth from your support and opportunities you have brought to us. Look forward to the future and what we can do together.


You all truly love what you do and this is seen by your dedication and passion you all put into your members and our Region.


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Roxanne & Luke Hinton | Owner

b) Upgrading the capability of local business and industry groups

A comprehensive economic report for the Capricorn Coast and Rockhampton Region, updated biannually, including statistical data regarding population, employment, business, industry, housing, education and transport. An infographic summarising the report provides a snapshot of the region; both of these documents are available online. Local Government Areas: Livingstone and Rockhampton profiles are updated biannually together with a summary infographic. These reports are available on request.

Short reports providing informative statistics about the Capricorn Coast and Rockhampton Region including detailed demographic analysis, climate, dwellings and labour force data. Available online and updated annually.

The Capricorn Enterprise Industry Group (CEIG) acknowledges the importance of industry collaboration together with maximising local procurement opportunities across major projects.

Produced detailed profiles for customised areas using the Queensland Government Statistician’s Office (QGSO) portal. Profiles included comparison areas to inform project work, grant applications and community organisations.

> Major Projects Report


> LSC Regional Economic Development Taskforce2nd June 2022

Thanks to the generous support of Stanwell, many local community groups have been able to upgrade community facilities, including community Halls at Stanwell, Wycarbah, Westwood and Kalapa. Capricorn Enterprise CEO Mary Carroll is proud to be a committee member on the SPS Community Partnership Fund.

Capricorn Enterprise provided data on request for members and media, investors and businesses, local government and state agencies as well as providing advice on how to locate, interpret and present data. Available data included:

> Meeting with Leader of the Opposition, Queensland Government, David Crisafulli, 25th August 2021

Summary of major projects across the region and local projects within the Livingstone and Rockhampton local government areas. Available on request to members and updated annually.

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> NAIF – Matt Derlagan - 22nd April 2022 (recipients of grant program) - 6th May 2022


This group met on ten occasions over 2021/22.


> State govt. Investment Webinar - 2nd June 2022

Regional database: Produced specific data tables for Statistical areas within Queensland. The QGSO database provides data from various sources including the ABS, Rental Tenancy Authority, Department of Natural Resources and more.


The focus of this CEIG is:

>REPORTSEconomic Report

> Bne 2032 Olympics Stakeholder interview3rd June 2022

c) Hosting industry briefings by Major Project Proponents / Managing Contractors to secure current and updated project information.


a) Maximising local industry participation and content

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS): Census data is available for suburbs, local government areas, regions, states and commonwealth while other statistical data is also available for different areas. Produced tables comparing areas. The ABS released additional information to better understand the impacts of the

> Deputy PM, Senator Matt Canavan, Member for Capricornia - 14th April 2022

Through research, Capricorn Enterprise proactively assists our Members explore local industry opportunities, linkages and networks that result in economic ECONOMICprosperity.DEVELOPMENT

> Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister at Rocky Sports Club - 23rd March 2022

> LSC stakeholder consultation “Blueprint for Growth” (i.e. consultant producing an additional plan)22nd Feb 2022

> Regional Profile & Statistics Reports


Frank, Thank you so much for your time and support in analysing and collating this data and information, my sincere appreciation for you undertaking this body of work in support of CQU ED Futures project for our region. The trends, data and forecasting which you have provided is extremely informative and of great value to the University. Kim Harrington | CQUNIVERSITY AUSTRALIA – AUGUST 2022 “ 4 5

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Since 1st July 2021, a total of 4 direct electronic emails have been sent to a growing database. With campaigns aiming to promote sign ups to the email database, the number of people subscribed has grown over the past 12 months to 8578. The newsletter content focusses on local/insider tips for holidays, as well as operator deals.

Yr Ending March 2022

Expenditure $697 Million

In response to the unprecedented COVID-19 crisis facing the state's tourism and events industry, Tourism and Events Queensland, in partnership with Capricorn Enterprise, was able to offer ATDW membership for the past 2 years with no annual fee, providing a saving of $150 per operator, per year.





Av Length of Stay 3.4 nights

Nights 3,631,000


Capricorn Enterprise hosted Jessica Palmer, a Queensland based writer and content creator based in Hervey Bay, on a famil in Yeppoon on the 1st December 2021. In addition to creating content on her own channels and travel website, Family Holiday Destinations, Jess wrote a piece for RV Daily on this famil. She also has connections with her freelance writing to pitch stories into other publications.

Spend per visitor $654 continues to be a highly effective foundation for all marketing efforts. A significant part of our weekly marketing activities is to ensure the

Comparative year on year data, presented by the world’s leading scientific benchmarking group for travel and tourism EarthCheck, revealed that the Capricorn region placed third nationally percentage-wise in terms of its tourism recovery.

Capricorn Enterprise manages a suite of social media pages across a range of platforms including Facebook, Instagram and YouTube. With a continued improved focus on quality content, as well as engaging with public sentiment has significantly improved the outcomes from our social media channels for the 2021/22 year. Reach, engagement and follower count have all seen a quality growth across all platforms.


Spend per night $192

Capricorn region tourism product and destination information is up to date and ‘on point’. Using Google Analytics to drill down into what consumers are searching for, we regularly update content creation with the support of commissioned bloggers, content creators and travel writers.

As part of our ongoing product awareness and development the Capricorn Enterprise Tourism Marketing Team did a full famil of Byfield and Emu Park on Friday 8th October 2021. The famil included meeting with new members; Getaways at Byfield, Castle Rock Farm, and Salty Lime Co.

In addition, our corporate site au has received over 32,000 unique visits throughout 2021/22.

Source: Tourism Research Australia (TRA) National Visitor Survey (NVS) data collection

Visitors 1,066,000

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The Capricorn region, together with Yorke Peninsula in South Australia and Western Australia’s north-west ranked in the top three, all showing signs of rapid bounce back in holiday visitor numbers.

Capricorn Enterprise manages 3 roadside billboards. Locations include, Marlborough, Parkhurst and Yeppoon. Capturing the drive market on the Pacific Coast Touring Route and encouraging consumers to stay in our destination longer is a key strategy to drive overnight visitor expenditure. [SEE IMAGE 1]

The data refered to above, compared the recovery rate of holiday visitors in the year ending December 2021 with the 2019 year, across seventy-five tourism regions in TheAustralia.Capricorn pandemic recovery gap for holiday visitors year ending December 2021 was +36.8% and an additional 100,000 holiday visitors in 2021 than 2019.

Capricorn Enterprise offers ongoing support to members requiring assistance with their ATDW listings and also manages more than 90 landmark, attraction and journey listings, on behalf of the region, from the Keppel islands to the Central Queensland Highlands.




Official Domestic visitation, night and expenditure for the Capricorn Region:



Users 131,096 Page views 298,420 Total22,093followers Total11,000followers


Users 7,739 Page views 26,384 Total37,777followers Total38,800followers

Users 32,018 Page Views 59,444 Total4,673followers N/A Unique Users 11,000 Total followers615 N/A N/A Total Group6,483Members N/A 6, 100 Total1,499followers Total followers583 6,193 N/A N/A IN CENTRAL QUEENSLAND WRK Live CAPRICORN COAST 1 DIGITAL PLATFORMS | Corporate & Consumer 2

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We produced a range of quality printed marketing brochures and maps, and ensured they were broadly distributed locally and nationally at key locations including accredited Visitor Information Centres in Queensland, through travel and trade shows, as well as being available electronically on www.visitcapricorn.

The display banner assets delivered 104,476 impressions which is 208% to target (booked 50,000) and the CTR was a high click through rate of 0.41% well above our average of 0.19% [SEE IMAGE 3]

> 4 Boys and a Caravan [SEE IMAGE 6] YouTube 3.38k subscribers, 14.9K Instagram and 16K Facebook

Volunteeer Ambassadors Robyn McIntyre and Lyn Carter from the Capricorn Coast Visitor Information Centre represented the Capricorn region and spoke to hundreds of interested holiday makers who had our destination on their bucket list and handed out over 1500 guides including the Capricorn Coast Insider's Guide and the Central Queensland Highlands Visitor Guide. The show featured over 200 exhibitors.

> Yeppoon and Capricorn Coast Insider’s GuideTotal of 40,000 Capricorn Coast Visitor Guides printed [SEE IMAGE 5]

> 2 Aussie Travellers [SEE IMAGE 7, P37] Facebook 1175, Instagram 30,121



> Southern Great Barrier Reef Destination Guide

> Great Barrier Reef Drive Brochure

> Great Keppel Island Map

> Self-Drive Visitor Trails

Over the past 12 months, Capricorn Enterprise has commissioned the following influencers to the destination.



> Road Trips and Drive Journeys


RESULTS for Australian Traveller

The digital native content was viewed by 3025 interested travellers, of which 436 (14% vs our average of 8%) were inspired and clicked to member websites for more information.

Hitting the road and getting outdoors remains high on traveller’s agendas following a hugely successful weekend at the 2022 Let’s Go QLD Caravan and Camping Supershow in June.

> Capricorn Coast Food Trail Map

During the campaign, Capricorn Enterprise reached an audience of 269,802 over all online channels and created 860 business leads.

> Tom Park – Instagram 93,471 YouTube 3.69K


suite of printed or downloadable collateral includes:

> Finding Alexx [SEE IMAGE 2 & iMAGE 1, P37] Facebook 1,378; Instagram 22,795

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A native content digital article was commissioned with Australian Traveller's flagship edition “100 Amazing Road Trips”, for the May/June/July 2021/22 edition, resulting in an article titled ‘Capricorn Coast – The greatest 60km of road trip in Australia’. This partnership -included:850-word

> Mad Hueys Clothing Apparel [SEE IMAGE 1] Facebook 297k, Instagram 422k

native content article on Australiantraveller. com Featured on 100 Amazing Road Trips Content Hub, - Guaranteed min 3,000 unique visitors on our native article and - Embedded links directly diverting traffic to our -websiteDisplay banners across Australian, with -retargetingLinktostory in editorial eDM newsletter sent to 82,000 opt in subscribers

This was a successful campaign driving awareness of the Capricorn region as a tourist destination and reaching above all proposed KPI results.

> Australian Traveller

> Capricorn Coast Street Directory

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> Channel 7’s Queensland Weekender

> Channel 10’s The Living Room Capricorn Enterprise in partnership with Surf Lakes Yeppoon hosted Australia’s popular veterinarian, author and television presenter, Dr Chris Brown, who spent time in June soaking up the rays at Yeppoon Lagoon before hitting the waves at Surf Lakes Yeppoon to carve up the wave pool’s largest break, Occys Peak. The segment on The Living Room will go to air on Friday 14th October 2022 on Channel 10 and 10 Play. [SEE IMAGE 5]

During the year, Capricorn Enterprise commissioned and hosted a large number of television shows and supported many others to showcase the destination to the Thesenation.included:

the local operators who assisted in this project including: Great Keppel Island Hideaway, CQ Connections, Freedom Fast Cats and Double Threat Charters. [SEE IMAGE 6]

> Channel 7’s Sydney Weekender Presented by Candice Dixon, the Sydney Weekender team spent four days filming on the Capricorn Coast and 18 Islands of Keppel Bay, enticing NSW and ACT audiences prior to borders reopening. Featuring Yeppoon Lagoon and foreshore, Keppel Charters/Pumpkin Island, Capricorn Caves, Koorana Crocodile Farm, Taste Capricorn Coast, The Waterline Restaurant/Keppel Bay Marina, High Valley Dawn/Beaches Restaurant, Keppel Explorer, Great Keppel Island Hideaway and Shell World Yeppoon, the half hour show aired on Sunday 10th October 2021 on Channel 7 before repeating nationally on 7TWO.


> Channel 10’s Taste of Australia with Hayden Quinn

Capricorn Enterprise assisted with local media and PR prior to the airing of this series. Series 2 is also scheduled for 2022.

TELEVISION PROGRAMS featuring Capricorn

Taste of Australia visited the Central Queensland Highlands to film an episode about the region's agricultural and tourism offerings. The tour included Carnarvon Gorge, Lake Maraboon, Emerald and Comet. The episode aired in June 2022 and was a collaboration between Central Highlands Development Corporation, Capricorn Enterprise, BIG4 Breeze Holiday Parks Carnarvon Gorge, Bar H Grazing and 2PH.

> 7Mate - Gem Hunters CQ

This new factual series follows the highs and lows of a community of passionate sapphire hunters working in extreme conditions and produced by WildBear Entertainment on location in Rubyvale and Sapphire.


> 7Mate’s Merv Hughes Fishing & The Mad Hueys Capricorn Enterprise in partnership with the Mad Hueys clothing apparel brand joined forces to bring Aussie cricket legend and TV personality, Merv Hughes to region. Merv spent the 3 days fishing around the Keppel Islands with The Mad Hueys. The episode will air nationally on Sunday 9th October at 2.30pm on 7Mate and

> Channel 9’s My Way [SEE IMAGE 2, 3 & 7]


The 18 glorious Keppel Bay Islands took front and centre on television screens during October 2021 as Channel 7’s Queensland Weekender returned to discover endless pockets of paradise within our destination. Basing themselves at Oshen Yeppoon, the crew jumped onboard Keppel Charters, departing Keppel Bay Marina, discovering the simplistic and magical diversity of Keppel Bay. [SEE IMAGE 4]

Commissioned by Capricorn Enterprise, the lifestyle show shared the stories of Marto and Gen from Ferns Hideaway Resort, Great Keppel Island’s Geoff Mercer, Michelle and Simon from Carnarvon Gorge Eco-Tours, Richard and Libbie Wilson from Banana Beef Station and The Waterline Restaurant at Keppel Bay Marina, Jeremy Marou on Great Keppel Island, Aaron Trevis from Surf Lakes Yeppoon, Niki and Ryan Anderson from Henderson Park Farm Retreat and the colourful life of Jet James and his Art Gallery in Yeppoon.

Following the success of previous My Way episodes, featuring Nob Creek Pottery, Rubyvale Gem Galley, Astronomers – Rubyvale, Capricorn Caves and High Valley Dawn Permaculture Farm, the crew from My Way returned in 2021, airing a further 8 stories.


In a first for the region, a new series called GEM HUNTERS DOWN UNDER aired on 7Mate, and was filmed entirely on the Sapphire Gemfields in the Central Queensland Highlands.


Our partnership with Capricorn Enterprise is one that we value greatly. Great Keppel Island Hideaway has received significant media coverage over the past 12 months through both television shows and general PR and this is largely due to the efforts of Mary and her team! We choose to be a Platinum Member of Capricorn Enterprise because alone, we could not achieve this level of marketing exposure and we value the support and guidance they provide to our entire team.

Kelly Harris | General Manager

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TEQ launched a new campaign in New South Wales and Victoria on the 1st December 2021 to encourage lastminute bookings over the December/January holiday period. Featured deals were submitted by;

Featuring Jeremy Marou

Oshen Apartments Yeppoon

TEQ’s major tourism campaign, the ‘Great Queensland Getaway’, was launched on Monday 18 October 2021 encouraging Queenslanders to travel around their home state. The campaign was backed by strong advertising and marketing and is offering a range of incentives to encourage travellers to book.

Beaches on Lammermoor Yeppoon

'GREAT QUEENSLAND GETAWAY' Tourism & Events Queensland Campaign

- Koorana Crocodile Farm - River Cruises CQ

- 7337 unique clicks through to the voting page, and - 280,374 people reached across the entire campaign.

Tourism & Events Queensland Campaign

A major new $2.4 million aspirational tourism campaign inspiring Queenslanders to experience ‘Days Like This’ in their home state was launched on the 30th August

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- Rockhampton Helicopters - Capricorn Caves


A major campaign like this aims to keep Queensland first in people’s minds when they’re planning and booking their next trip. TEQ partnered with travel retailers to market ‘Days Like This’ holiday packages and deals, supporting tourism businesses around the state. Island operator Keppel Explorer along with Pumpkin Island features in this campaign. Watch here - https:// [SEE IMAGE 3]


Capricorn Caves

featuring Van Morrison’s famous song which was re-recorded with a distinctly Queensland feel by local musicians Tia Gostelow and Busby Marou, was the first step in a long-term strategy to maintain Queensland’s brand leadership position.

- Beaches on Lammermoor - Salt Yeppoon

- Oshen Apartments Yeppoon - Echelon Apartments



Tourism & Events Queensland Campaign

The Awards, hosted by Queensland Tourism Industry Council (QTIC) allows Visitor Information Centres and Councils to nominate a town from within their region. This saw Yeppoon once again named as a finalist and the Top Tourism Town announcement was made in Brisbane on Monday 13th June 2022, with Minister Stirling Hinchliffe naming Mount Tamborine as this year’s Nevertheless,winner.

Great Keppel Island Hideaway was selected as one of the "20 Days of Holidays Like This" promotion. This featured 'deal of the day' on Monday 6th September 2021 was sold out in twenty minutes.

Phase 2 of The Great Queensland Getaway in Feb 2022, included a record number of 25 deals from the Capricorn Region including deals from; The Capricorn Coast, Rockhampton Region and Central Queensland Highlands. Paid featured deals were;


The following Capricorn operators participated in the -campaign:Freedom

BIG4 Breeze Holiday Parks - Carnarvon Gorge

the results of our two-week social media campaign targeting Central Queensland, Mackay, Townsville, Bundaberg, Hervey Bay and Sunshine Coast returned outstanding results. The ‘This is Yeppoon… see you soon’ digital campaign received:

The Queensland Tourism Industry Council (QTIC) flipped the judging criteria this year, with only 25% of the judging process falling on the public vote, 65% decided by the judging panel and the remaining 10% judged via assessment of visitor reviews. [SEE IMAGE 1,2,4,5 & 6]

Fast Cats - Keppel Dive

Paid featured deals were; Salt AbsoluteYeppoonWaterfront Villa at Keppel Bay Marina Keppel Charters Keppel Konnections Oshen Apartments Yeppoon

The $8 million dollar campaign gave Queenslanders the chance to explore like never before, with up to 50% off tours and attractions. Promo codes on offer provided up to 50% off tours, attractions and tourism experiences, up to a maximum value of $100 (or $200 North Queensland zone).

- Guided Fishing DownUnder - Keppel Konnections

Great Keppel Island Hideaway


Citing our destination with poetry and bearing his trademark grin, Jeremy Marou jumped at the chance to showcase his diverse backyard and support Capricorn Enterprise in the 2022 Top Tourism Town Awards campaign - This is Yeppoon, See you Soon Capricorn Enterprise once again commissioned local SGBR videographer, Stuart McKay, to create the vision for this special Campaign.

Jeremy Marou | Musician BUSBY MAROU – FEBRUARY 2022

I am proud to support the Capricorn Coast through the Top Tourism Town Awards and it has been fantastic to work with Capricorn Enterprise to bring this promotion together.


“ 2 3 6 41 5

I’m definitely an outdoor enthusiast and I love the fact that we have so many locations and attractions across our destination to explore.

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Capricorn Enterprise hosted Jeanne Platel from My Dream Adventures on a trade famil to Yeppoon, Pumpkin Island and Great Keppel Island post ATE21. It was Jeanne’s private family holiday but Capricorn Enterprise was able to extend their stay in the region and organised transfers and overnight stays on the islands at short notice including an additional night in Yeppoon. [SEE IMAGE 6]

The Southern Great Barrier Reef destination branding and marketing is thanks to a strong collaboration by the three regional tourism organisations in the Capricorn, Gladstone/1770 and Bundaberg regions (Capricorn Enterprise, GAPDL and Bundaberg Tourism) working in partnership with the local tourism industry, Tourism and Events Queensland and local government partners. This partnership focuses on both interstate destination marketing and international marketing. Some of the regular activities include;


Capricorn Enterprise attended the eighth annual Destination Australia conference on 3 March 2021 at the Centrepiece at Melbourne Park. The conference focussed on reimagining the future of tourism and inspired industry to rebuild bigger and better, with high profile speakers discussing lessons learnt, sharing future focused trends and highlighting emerging opportunities. [SEE IMAGE 5]

Capricorn Enterprise partnered with Dr. Alison Jones for the launch of her new book ‘Keppel Islands | Extraordinary Reefs’. Dr Jones is a local reef ecologist and coral physiologist who has lived and worked on Great Keppel Island. This publication directly benefits the local community by bringing greater awareness to our local reef environment and acts as a guide to our local reefs. This includes a portion of the sales being donated to the Keppel Turtle Fund to benefit local reefs and marine life. [SEE IMAGE 4]

Capricorn Enterprise (CE) has paid for a feature in French travel magazine, Petit Fute. This publication is the largest French travel guide collection with over 450 guides published and 8 million sold globally as well as on-line presence. Our destination will feature as part of the upcoming Qld/GBR feature. France is one of our top 5 international markets. CE hosted Petit Futé’s travel writer Manan Chauvin, based in France, on the Capricorn Coast in May 2022 who will write an additional feature based on her visit.


Despite the impacts of COVID-19 and the restrictions around international travel, both domestic and international tourism trade continue to be key marketing partners, especially since the re-opening of international borders.

Capricorn Enterprise was again invited to showcase the highlights of our diverse destination at the Trade Travel Expo in Melboune.

A pre-recorded presentation delivered by Tourism & Marketing Manager, Krista Brown was created and played for over 100 Probus South Pacific delegates, enticing them to plan their next holiday in our region.

> 2022 Australian Tourism Exchange (ATE) Capricorn Enterprise Tourism Marketing Executive Lena Mannerstrale attended the Australian Tourism Exchange, the nation’s largest annual travel trade event, to showcase the diverse beauty that our destination has on offer. Lena met with 100+ buyers - Retail Travel Agents, Online Travel Agents, Wholesalers and Inbound Travel Agents at ATE Live in Sydney followed by the Online event for those unable to travel to Australia for the face-to-face event. [SEE IMAGE 1, 2 & 3]

- Quarterly Zoom Marketing Meetings

- 'Alway-On' Social Media strategy across Facebook (37.7K) and Instagram (38.8K)


- Quarterly SGBR Tourism Trade eNewsletter (1.6k)

Currently Trade Travel offer a 6 day, 5 night itinerary to region called the Capicorn Coast Discovery & Food Trail.

>My Dream Adventures




> Peitit Fute

Individual local operator, Empire/Edge Apartment Hotels was also in attendance, together with our SGBR colleagues from Gladstone and Bundaberg, making our larger destination brand extremely well represented.

- Annual Meeting 'On Location'

The United Kingdom, Germany, New Zealand, USA, France and the Nordic region make up our region’s top 6 international source markets for the Southern Great Barrier Reef destination and our Capricorn region.

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Citywalk Motor Inn Rockhampton Coffee House Apartment Motel

• High Valley Dawn

Castle Rock Farm Forest Fields Campstay

The Young Tourism Leaders Program is an initiative of the Department of Tourism, Innovation and Sport, supported by the Department of Employment, Small Business and Training, and the Department of Education.

• Shiralee Clydesdales & Farm Stay

• CQ River Cruises, Rockhampton

> 2021 Pilot TEMP Program [SEE IMAGE 5 & 6]

• Capricorn Caves

Capricorn Caves (Accommodation)


• BIG4 Breeze Holiday ParksCarnarvon Gorge

Participants in TEMP 2.0 program Include:

• St Aubins Village, Rockhampton

• Keppel Explorer

Operators completing the program with Savannah Guides

Phase 2 of the TEQ Transformational Experiences Mentoring Program commenced in May 2022 with seven (7) operators participating. The program involved up to 14 hours of Tourism Mentoring over an eight-week period and approx. 14 hours additional commitment by the operator to complete the Transformational Experiences Mentoring Program. The Mentor is tourism marketing expert Amanda Kruse from Success Matrix. This program is no charge to operators but is valued at $1,500 per operator. [SEE IMAGE 2, 4 & 8]

The Best of Queensland Experiences Program report is provided by Tourism and Events Queensland for free to all Queensland operators listed on the Australian Tourism Data Warehouse. The report provides valuable ReviewPro insights on consumer perceptions of Tourism operator experiences and is valued at over $1,000. It also allows operators to benchmark their performance relative to the destination and Queensland.

• Cooberrie Park Wildlife Sanctuary & Capricorn Dinosaur Mini Golf/Dinosaur Park

• Oshen Holiday Apartments

Capricorn Caves (Attraction)

Carnarvon Gorge Eco Tours

• Byfield cohortFernsHideaway Resort



• Rosslyn Bay Resort

Keppel Dive owner/operator and local Master Reef Guide, Lyndsay Appleton was appointed in the 2021/22 intake after being nominated and endorsed by Capricorn Enterprise. [SEE IMAGE 1]

Participating operators include:

> 2022 TEMP 2.0

Eleven of our region’s operators were selected to participate in Tourism and Events Queensland’s (TEQ) Experience Design Pilot Program in partnership with Capricorn Enterprise.  The program launched in July with a presentation by David Morgan and Alex Perpich from TEQ followed by One-on-One mentoring sessions with Amanda Kruse from Success Matrix. TEQ have developed The Ultimate Transformational Experience Guide which focuses on 7 steps to creating better value for guests and businesses. The aim is to help put operators at the forefront of a global travel movement and increase bookings and revenue.

• Carnarvon Gorge Eco Tours


• Great Keppel Hideaway

Congratulations to the following BOQ qualifiers: Operators listed in bold recieved a top score of 100/100.

• Keppel Dive

• Koorana Crocodile Farm

Archer Park Rail Museum Beaches On Lammermoor Apartments

• Freedom Fast Cats

In 2022, the Capricorn region received a total of 130 operators eligible for BOQ compared with 116 operators eligible in 2020/21 with 70 operators receiving BOQ status in 2022 (inc. 18 'Extension of Status').


• Pumpkin Island

Capricorn Enterprise is committed to providing a range of opportunities for local business to develop and grow. These opportunities are made available via a variety of practical workshops and networking.

• Stay Yeppoon

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Discovery Parks - Rockhampton

- 4 Ways to revitalize on the Capricorn Coast

7) Freedom Fast Cats join the growing list of ECOCertified operators across the Tropic of Capricorn

Endeavour Inn Emu Park

Koorana Crocodile Farm

New Royal Hotel Rubyvale

5) A 'hole' world of Jurassic fun has opened on the Capricorn Coast

The Bavarian Rockhampton

The Waterline Restaurant Villa Mar Colina

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Edge Apartment Hotel

Vue Wine Bar and Restaurant Yeppoon Beach House

Discovery Parks - Coolwaters, Yeppoon

Great Keppel Island Holiday Village

1) Paddock to Plate, Ocean to Earth - Discover Taste Capricorn Coast

Pumpkin Island Riverside Tourist Park Riverston Tea

3) Tie the Knot in Central Queensland at These Unique, Rustic and Island Paradise Locations

Henderson Park Farm Retreat

NRMA Capricorn Yeppoon Holiday Park

Island View Caravan Park

Shell World Yeppoon

Videos uploaded to TravMedia

Footlights Theatre Restaurant

Great Keppel Island Hideaway

The Coast Motel

10) Caravanning and camping along the Tropic of 11)Capricorn5Rainforest retreats on the Capricorn Coast

Miners Heritage Walk-In Mine

4) A Turtle-y Awesome Educational Experience Has Just Launched on Great Keppel Island

(+7 non-members of Capricorn Enterprise)

16) National brand embarks on the Capricorn Coast

9) Wipeout the myth – Surf Lakes is barrelling ahead

Mount Morgan Historical Railway Museum

Cooberrie Park Wildlife Sanctuary

6) Holidaying at Carnarvon Gorge is now a Breeze

Rocky Resort Motor Inn Rosslyn Bay Resort

Freedom Fast Cats

- 5 reasons to go glamping to Carnarvon Gorge

Keppel Bay Marina

Rubyvale Gem Gallery Rubyvale Motel and Holiday Units Sail Inn - Yeppoon

Oshen Holiday Apartments - Yeppoon

14) New tour company kicks off in Carnarvon Gorge

2) The Crocodile Conundrum: Where Science, Conservation and Commerce Intersect

Poinciana Tourist Park

Denison Boutique Hotel

Southside Holiday Village Surfside Motel Yeppoon

Getaways at Byfield

Keppel Konnections Great Keppel Island Day Trip

RockhamptonRockhamptonRoomsArtGalleryRiversideCentral Hotel

Rockhampton Serviced Apartments


13) Iconic musician Jeremy Marou fronts Yeppoon’s 2022 Top Tourism Town entry

8) Travelling Influencers Give Back to Keppel Bay's Marine Life

- This is Yeppoon… see you

Ferns Hideaway Resort

Keppel Dive Keppel Explorer

Korte's Resort

Empire Apartment Hotel


Echelon Apartments Yeppoon

- Visit the Capricorn

12) Five famous faces of the Capricorn Coast

Great Keppel Island Hideaway Bar and Bistro

Keppel Konnections

Fisherman's Beach Holiday Park

Coral Inn Boutique Hotel

15) Coastal farm in Central Queensland bursting with unique taste sensation

Mount Hay Gemstone Tourist Park

Our yearly subscription enables us to upload media releases and all major events as well as a suite of images. TravMedia has a global reach of 40,000 journalists, travel and public relations professionals in over 10 countries. The following content was published across the last 12 months.

Salt SandstoneApartmentsParkCarnarvon Gorge

Myella Farm Stay Accommodation

44 things you didn’t know you could do in Queensland – Tourism and Events Queensland (featuring Carnarvon Gorge, Sapphire Gemfields, Pumpkin Island) https://bit.

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Naturally Queensland – Queensland National Parks (featuring Carnarvon Gorge National Park)


Yep, it’s the new Byron – The Courier Mail (featuring Yeppoon and the Capricorn Coast)

> September 2021

Escape to Great Keppel Island – Helloworld Travel Restaurants, bars in Yeppoon rivalling Byron Bay – The Courier Mail

The Keppel Islands – @4BoysandaCaravan (featuring Keppel Bay National Park Islands, Yeppoon, and Great Keppel Island)

> January 2022

for the long-awaited GKI resort project –The Courier Mail

Channel 9’s My Way featuring Carnarvon Gorge’sMyWayfeaturingKeppelBayMarina,TheRestaurantandBananaStationBeefhttps://101–SundayMail‘Escapes’game-changingCapricorniabusinessesnamed–TheMail(BestinBusinessAwards)

Channel 7 Sydney Weekender [SEE IMAGE 2, 3 & 8, P37]

> August 2021

> December 2021

Hidden island gems or our best-kept secrets – The Courier Mail (featuring Pumpkin Island)

- Capricorn Coast/Capricorn Caves/Koorana Crocodile Farm –

How to find the rock pools at Blackdown Tablelands National Park in Queensland – Londoner in Sydney

> October 2021

– Capricorn Coast, Great Keppel Island, Pumpkin Island

> November 2021

35 best things to do in Yeppoon – Londoner In Sydney

Upper Stony Creek, Byfield – @Bigandlittleadventures (featuring Byfield National Park)

Capricorn Caves – a spectacular natural experience –122AussieTravellersgreatYeppoon restaurants, cafes and local producers –The2AussieTravellers7best4WDtracks to tackle this summer – RhinoRacks AU Brisbane to Airlie Beach – This is the ultimate summer road trip – RV Daily (featuring Yeppoon) https://bit.

How to hack your public holidays in 2022 and get 34 days off – Tourism and Events Queensland (featuring Yeppoon, Pumpkin Island and Keppel Explorer) https://

best family holiday in Queensland –Tourism and Events Queensland (featuring Keppel Island, Great Keppel Island)

Capricorn Enterprise commissioned a significant number of bloggers, influencers, and television shows across 2021/22, working in partnership with our local tourism industry. Below is a list of the content pieces created, in addition to those created by Tourism and Events Queensland that were also relevant to our region.


Discover the Capricorn Coast food trail – Eat drink and be Kerry

Central a feast of festivals – RACQ

A non-hiker’s guide to Carnarvon Gorge – Liz Bond, This Magnificent Life Road trip along the Southern Great Barrier Reef – Kyle Hunter and Haylsa

- Keppel Charters/Pumpkin Island –

> July 2021

Australia’s own Maldives – Daily Mail Australia (featuring Yeppoon and Great Keppel Island)

- Taste Capricorn Coast/The Waterline Restaurant –Keppel Bay Marina/High Valley Dawn/Beaches Bistro Beef)– – https://9’sMyWayfeaturingFernsHideawayResortMySeason3Episode1,WatchTVOnline(’sMyWayfeaturingGreatKeppelIslandVillage,TheWaterlineRestaurantandBananaStation

> Celebrate Australia Day across the Tropic of Capricorn

Hayden Quinn - Ch 10 featuring

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Australia’s best nature experiences – NZ Herald (featuring Carnarvon Gorge) 5 big names rock Rocky – CQ Today https://bit. Waysly/3KfJ5oRtosleep on the Great Barrier Reef – Tourism and Events Queensland (featuring Pumpkin Island) https://

> Vote #1 Yeppoon – Queensland’s Top Tourism Town

These hotel ‘ambassadogs’ greet guests with wetnosed affection – Executive Traveller (featuring Oshen Yeppoon)

Charm to Share – CQ Today (featuring The Alley Yeppoon)

> Rockhampton and the Capricorn Coast plays host to a celebration of major festivals and events


Surf wave pool launch in Yeppoon – First Class Magazine (featuring Surf Lakes Yeppoon) https://bit. Hitly/3ccjdxHthewaves – Ocean Magazine (featuring Surf Lakes Yeppoon)

> Christmas in Capricorn – Christmas feasts covered

> 5 Rainforest retreats on the Capricorn Coast

> Meet our eco-friendly operators changing the world

Capricorn Enterprise CEO responds to news Gina Rinehart has abandoned plans for resort development – The Courier Mail

> 4 charming wedding venues in Central Queensland

Taste of Queensland’s great walks – Naturally Queensland (featuring Carnarvon Gorge National Park) Taste

> Christmas in Capricorn – where to find some cheer in the lead up to Christmas Day

> June 2022

Coast Discovery and Food Trail – Trade Travel Central Queensland tourism operator rewarded for environmental focus – RACQ (featuring Freedom Fast Cats) Queensland cheap flights in new tourism campaign – The Courier Mail (featuring Great Keppel Island Hideaway)

Capricorn Coast – The greatest 60km of road trip in Australia – Australian Traveller

Channel 9’s My Way featuring Jeremy Marou My Way Season 4 Episode 3, Watch TV Online https://bit. Channelly/3wnzZRr9’s

> May 2022

> Caravanning and camping along the tropic of Capricorn

> Wipeout the myth – Surf Lakes is barrelling ahead


> April 2022

> February 2022

Working Holiday Makers can now access 11 different jump off points along the Great Barrier Reef – Tourism and Events Queensland (featuring Yeppoon)

Local produce ‘food trail’ hopes to entice gourmetloving tourists to Capricorn Coast – ABC News https:// Queensland’ of new tourism experiences for 2022 – Tourism and Events Queensland (featuring Capricorn Dinosaur Park, Rockhampton Museum of CapricornArt)

My Way episode featuring Surf Lakes Yeppoon and Henderson Park Farm Retreat

BIG4 Breeze Holiday Parks - Carnarvon Gorge and the Central Queensland Highlands eQWmcOlIEJI [SEE IMAGE 4]

INTERNAL BLOGS written by Capricorn Enterprise .

> March 2022

National Park of the month – Naturally Queensland (featuring Minerva Hills National Park)

> Five famous faces of the Capricorn Coast


My Way featuring Jet James Art Gallery Holidaying Gorge is now a Breeze –Global Travel Media

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• Yeppoon Running Festival - $14,500 (Round 20)

• CQUniversity Village Festival – until 2022

Rockhampton and the Capricorn region’s tourism industry received two golds and a silver by Empire Apartment Hotel and Beef Australia (for BEEF21). The prestigious Qantas Australian Tourism Awards were held Friday 17th March 2022 on the Sunshine Coast.

• Fitzroy River Barra Bash - $20,000 (Round 21)


Enterprise team networked throughout the event, spending time with Minister for Tourism, The Honourable Stirling Hinchliffe, Assistant Minister for Tourism, Michael Healy and Federal Member for Capricornia, Michelle Landry. [SEE IMAGE 2]

Capricorn Enterprise was certainly proud to be a sponsor of this event, and extend our congratulations to the Central Highlands Development Corporation together with all the nominees and winners from each category. 3]

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• Country on Keppel - $10,000 (Round 20)

The evening showcased many local businesses across a variety of industries who came together to recognise and applaud success and excellence.

QLD DESTINATION EVENTS PROGRAM (QDEP) Capricorn Enterprise provides detailed review and support of applications submitted by all event organisers to TEQ. Round 20 and 21 saw a record sum of $69,500 awarded to the following events across Yeppoon and Rockhampton:





• Events are promoted via our digital and social media platforms, letters of support provided for all funding applications, as well as provision of in-kind support via marketing advice and grant application guidance.


Congratulations to Empire Apartment Hotel Rockhampton and Beef Australia (BEEF21) for achieving the highest accolades at the Qantas Australian Tourism Awards.

• Swim Around Keppel - $15,000 (Round 20)

• Usage of the EVERI event feed platform (this platform provides an aggregate of events loaded on various other online platforms and provides one single source for all events in the region). With over 100 sources fed into the ‘What’s On’ page through the Everi event platform, the site offers a comprehensive search function, where you can find upcoming sporting, music, markets, performing arts, health and wellbeing, food and wine events, along with fishing competitions, art workshops and activities for the kids… and the list goes on.

• All Major Events are included in the SGBR Destination Guide and Capricorn Coast Visitor Guide (print and online).

> Significant QDEP (3 year funding)



The Capricorn Enterprise marketing team joined more than 1,100 people at the Brisbane Entertainment and Convention Centre to celebrate the 2021 Queensland Tourism Awards.

The mood in the room was electric at the 2021 Central Queensland Highlands Business Excellence Awards held on Saturday 11th September 2021 in Emerald.

Our Southern Great Barrier Reef Destination won 10 GOLD out of 32 awards on the night! Capricorn Enterprise members, Empire Apartment Hotel, Beef 2021 and Fun Over Fifty [SEE IMAGE 5] took out the top gong across five categories. Empire Apartment Hotel also entered the exclusive Hall of Fame for a consecutive 3-year win in the accommodation category. While our Capricorn Coast Information Centre Volunteers missed out on their Award category, they remain winners in our eyes, with Supervisor Leanne and long-standing volunteer, Bev (Gillo) Gilligan flying the flag for our 35 wonderful

• Full regional calendar of events is promoted in weekly enews, leisure EDMs and available on website.

• CapriCon Steampunk and Pop Culture Convention$10,000 (Round 20)

• Gemfest Festival of Gems - until 2021


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The Capricorn Caves supported a promotional activation by Tourism and Events Queensland to host the NRL Trophy and showcase its journey across Queensland for the Grand Final. They filmed a 2-minute edit featuring the Capricorn Caves which was included on social media, TV and other online mediums on Grand Final Day. Frenchville State Primary School and Rockhampton State High School were also featured in this edit.

Following successful funding through the State Government’s Growing Tourism Infrastructure Fund in 2020, the team from Cooberrie Park Wildlife Sanctuary officially opened the first stage in December 2021 of their $800,000 project – Capricorn Dinosaur Mini Golf Yeppoon. [SEE IMAGE 5]

This brand continues to strengthen. 2021/22 welcomed an additional two producers to TTC brand. In addition to the website, which incorporates maps, brochures, recipes, signage and profiles of the 46 local businesses currently involved, there is also printed trail maps available from the Visitor Information Centre.



In 2021/22 Capricorn Enterprise project-managed the ongoing marketing requirements of significant web platforms targeting relocation and liveability. The region also welcomed its newest attraction, Capricorn Dinosaur Mini Golf Yeppoon, made possible by the support of Capricorn Enterprise.

The volunteer run Keppel Turtle Fund unveiled a fabulous new educational attraction which greatly supports environmental and ecological aspects of the Southern Great Barrier Reef. Stage 1 of the Great Keppel Island Marine Environmental Awareness/Education Trail (promoted as the GKI Sea Way Trail) was opened to the public in November 2021.

Park is the first private major tourism attraction built in Central Queensland for 30 years.


With thanks to a $30K contribution from the *Australian Government’s Bushfire Recovery Initiative secured by Capricorn Enterprise, $7.5K from Emu Park Community Branch of Bendigo Bank and the balance from the Keppel Turtle Fund Inc, a new trail has been launched on Great Keppel Island. *Austrade administers the Regional Tourism Bushfire Recovery grants program.


QUEENSLAND KIDS HEALTHY MENU Capricorn Enterprise worked with Health and Wellbeing Queensland to support The Waterline Restaurant at Keppel Bay Marina to be recognized at the first offering a Healthy Kids Menu following their Queensland Healthy Kids Award in 2020. Health and Wellbeing Queensland launched their exciting new initiative at The Waterline Restaurant in July 2021. [SEE IMAGE 6]

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The project, which was initially funded as part of the Australian Government’s Bushfire Recovery Initiative to support the region in response to the 2019 summer bushfires, celebrates the local flavours and colourful array of producers, eateries, retail outlets, markets, and farm experiences right on our doorstep.

Taste Capricorn Coast was endorced by celebrity chef, Matt Golinski whilst in region for the 2021 Capricorn Food & Wine Festival and has also been featured in the popular Australian Traveller Magazine as part of their 'Guilt Free Travel' edition. [SEE IMAGE 1]

Live Capricorn Coast –, is an ongoing project that continues to evolve and integrates our platform. The site showcases the unique factors which make the Capricorn Coast (incorporating the Rockhampton region) a destination of choice. For more information visit

Watch the video herewatch?v=hqbqbqdkks0

Capricorn Enterprise, in partnership with Livingstone Shire Council proudly launched Taste Capricorn Coast in the 2020/21 financial year.




Featuring an impressive 18-hole dinosaur-themed mini golf course with 10 life-sized prehistoric beasts sitting proudly amongst the natural environment, the Capricorn Coast’s newest tourism attraction is set to become the ultimate putt-putt experience on the Southern Great Barrier




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> Rubyvale Gem Gallery [SEE IMAGE 3]

> Keppel Explorer

> Koorana Crocodile Farm

> Ferns Hideaway Resort [SEE IMAGE 5]

> Carnarvon Gorge Wilderness Lodge

The operators included:

> Yeppoon Lagoon and Foreshore

> New Royal Hotel Rubyvale

> Great Keppel Island Hideaway

Between 10 and 50 products and experiences were featured from each of the regions to be included in the program, based on comprehensive eligibility criteria. Capricorn Enterprise was successful in pitching 30 of the region’s top products and experiences to participate in this exciting initiative.

> The Salty Lime Co [SEE IMAGE 1]

All I can say is Thankyou, Thankyou, Thankyou.

> River Cruise CQ [SEE IMAGE 7]

> High Valley Dawn Permaculture Farm/Beaches Restaurant/Rosslyn Bay Wellness

> Carnarvon Gorge Eco Tours

> Castle Rock Farm

> Capricorn Caves [SEE IMAGE 6]

> Keppel Bay Marina/The Waterline Restaurant

> Cooberrie Park Wildlife Sanctuary

> Breeze Holiday Park Carnarvon Gorge [SEE IMAGE 9]


> Freedom Fast Cats [SEE IMAGE 8]

> St Aubins Village

> Pumpkin Island [SEE IMAGE 4]

> Double Threat Fishing Charters

> Rockhampton Helicopters

> Learn 2 Surf Yeppoon

Tourism Australia’s National Experience Content Initiative (NECI) was a $10M content creation initiative and one of the most significant projects that the Capricorn Enterprise Marketing team has been involved with in recent years.

It was what you would call a tough day for filming but credit to all the children and parents who froze their butts off. Without them it would have been difficult to achieve the results. I hope it looked summery enough and can’t wait to get to see the final cut.


> Jet James Art Gallery

> Miners Heritage Rubyvale

• 1 x 60 second edited video

Two local production companies were awarded the contract for Capricorn, Gladstone and Bundaberg regions. A HUGE thank-you to Appelton Studios and Mad Dog Productions for completing this massive project.

> Keppel Dive and Snorkel

> Mount Archer Cultural Experience

Each operator received:

The National Experience Content Initiative provided a suite of new imagery and footage for up to 1,500 tourism experiences from around 57 regions across Australia to ensure that operator’s marketing materials and online product listings stand out in search results and are booked more often by domestic and international travellers.

> Mt Hay Gemstone Tourist Park [SEE IMAGE 2]

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> Rockhampton Museum of Art

• 10 minutes of B-roll footage

• 40 x edited still images, plus raw images

Hi Krista, I would like to thank you and your friends (the ‘rent a crowd’) who came to Mt Hay Gemstone Tourist Park to enable Levi, Jarrod and Gideon work their magic with the cameras on Sunday.

> Henderson Park Farm Retreat

NECI is aimed at supporting tourism experiences across Australia in their recovery and driving increased visitation by helping them to better market their experiences and attractions. The National Experience Content Initiative was rolled out between March and June 2022 and was delivered in close consultation with State and Territory, and Regional Tourism Organisations.

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Lyn Carter Sept-21 0 245 NewtonAnne-Marie Mar-22 0 40

Carol Moore Feb-20 2 136

Judie Kiepe Mar - 22 0 136

Michele Byrnes Feb-17 to Feb 2022 5 80

Kay Spriggs Mar-20 2 108

In the 2021/22 year, the Centre received 1,586 phone calls, completed 5,594 volunteer hours and welcomed more than 16,000 visitors seeking further information about the region. Volunteers at the Centre book tours, accommodation, activities, and attractions on behalf of local operators and make staying in the region as easy and accessible as possible for visitors. Our wonderful 2021/22 volunteers:

Susan Saxby Jan-16 6 204

Gary Lane Sep-21 0 213

Beverley Dundas Sep-17 5 133

Bev Gilligan (Gillo) Jun-90 32 332.5

Bev Gully (Chick) R.I.P Dec-99 to Dec 21 23 55

Elaine DeClouett Aug-15 7 196

Julie Graham May-19 3 96

Lyn Black Jul-14 8 176

Gerald Colvin Jun-07 15 352

Pam McCosker Apr-12 10 176

Merlind Kristen Jan-21 1 68

Linda Snowball Feb-16 to Feb 22 6 190

Shane Kennedy Aug-20 2 24

0 500 1000 1500 2000 2500 Capricorn Coast Visitor Information Centre Statistics, Mar 2020 - Jun 2022 Domestic International Total

Name Started Yrs Serviceof Total Hrs 21/22

Vicki Cooke Mar-16 6 201

Sharon Scott Feb-15 7 233

Sheila Kop Feb-15 7 133

Jean McNae Dec-10 12 320

Helen Ham Mar - 21 1 277

Name Started Yrs Serviceof Total Hrs 21/22

Sue Ledger Feb-19 to Feb 22 3 52

The Capricorn Coast Visitor Information Centre is powered by a team of 35 enthusiastic volunteers who provide visitors with up-to-date and relevant information about the destination seven days a week.

Sandra Buttery Feb-03 19 124

Nita Williams Jan-16 6 181

Suzanne Kavanagh Sep-18 4 177

Nicole Ashman Mar-22 0 33 Sue Foley Mar-22 0 28 Vicki Burn Mar-22 0 44

Robert Clegg Mar-17 5 167

Ilona Higgins Oct-20 2 178

Ros Lehmann Aug-16 6 132

Robyn McIntyre Jun-09 13 204

Charlotte Scott Aug-17 to Feb 22 4 96

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Sadly in 2022, The Capricorn Coast Visitor Information Centre lost an amazing lady and volunteer of 23 years, when Bev ‘Chick’ Gully passed. She is dearly missed and fondly remembered by everyone who knew her. Peace April 1943


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