VISTA M LU
INVESTMENT IN CENTRAL QUEENSLAND SOARS
ECONOMIC POWERHOUSE CLOCKS UP $190 BILLION IN MAJOR PROJECTS
CAPRICORN COAST IN BOX SEAT FOR GROWTH
FROM SEACHANGE DESTINATION TO RESIDENTIAL HUB
GLADSTONE’S GAS INDUSTRY SOARS
$60BN IN GAS INVESTMENT TO DRIVE LOCAL ECONOMY
MUST DO’S IN THE CAPRICORN REGION LOCAL ATTRACTIONS AND TRAVEL GUIDE PLUS LOCAL SERVICES DIRECTORY INSIDE
YOUR INSIGHT INTO CENTRAL QUEENSLAND
WELCOME TO THE INAUGURAL EDITION OF VISTA MAGAZINE, A LOCAL INITIATIVE PRESENTING A COMPREHENSIVE INSIGHT INTO THE CAPRICORN COAST.
As a new local initiative, I am very pleased to see Vista come together as a platform to showcase our stunning region and its tremendous growth forecast.
All the while, the idyllic coastal towns that make up the Capricorn Coast have stayed true to their origins as tightly-knit communities that epitomise the relaxed beachside lifestyle.
This issue takes a regional snapshot – from economic growth buoyed by over $190 billion in investment planned or underway in our backyard, to tourism, local businesses and the residential property market.
As we home in on the region, its vibrant community and bright future, we can’t help but feel a sense of pride and excitement.
There is no doubt the Capricorn Coast is in the throes of a major transformation, with population growth double the state average and a host of major projects currently fuelling our burgeoning economy.
I hope you enjoy the first edition of Vista, until next time…
MARY CARROLL Chief Executive Officer Capricorn Enterprise
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Capricorn Coast – Giant starts to stir�������������������������������������������������������������������������������� 1
Mary Carroll, Neil Lethlean, Krista Brown and Deanne Bowd Capricorn Enterprise Michael Matusik Residential market analyst and property expert David Aubrey Aubrey Market Research
Paul Broad Independent property researcher
Ross O’Reilly O’Reilly’s Real Estate Yeppoon
Rebecca O’Grady and Peter Scott Local photographers
Jane Maguire and Amy Duncan Perle Creative
Steve Hunt and James Gough Media Hunt Communications
Sandy Murdoch Concept Living Properties
CAPRICORN COAST GIANT STARTS TO STIR PROXIMITY TO THE HEART OF QUEENSLAND’S MULTI-BILLION DOLLAR RESOURCES INDUSTRY HAS THE SPECTACULAR CAPRICORN COAST IN THE BOX SEAT FOR UNPRECEDENTED GROWTH AND MAJOR TRANSFORMATION. Centred on the growth town of Yeppoon, the Capricorn Coast is shifting from a rural-based sea change destination to a broad-based economic powerhouse driven by multiple pillars of growth including resources, tourism, construction, armed forces, education and agricultural sectors. Once a beacon for retirees and those working in Rockhampton, Yeppoon is now one of Central Queensland’s major muscle towns, surrounded by job opportunities for workers and managers in the resources sector. Such is its growth forecast that Yeppoon is now attracting the attention of Western Australians, who have seen this cycle before and are looking to get a foothold into the region’s prime lifestyle destination.
The seismic shift is primarily due to over $190 billion of investment in major projects surrounding the region. A massive groundswell of resource sector activity has had a ripple effect on other industries in the area and shone the spotlight on its attractiveness as a lifestyle destination for mining personnel and their families. Capricorn Enterprise CEO Mary Carroll said that whilst the flourishing resources sector provided significant opportunities for Central Queensland, the region also benefits from a broadbased economy with multiple drivers shielding it from downturns in cyclical industries. The region has a rich heritage in transport and logistics, agriculture, education, financial and health services, construction, retail and tourism sectors, each providing distinct economic pillars for security and growth. Ms Carroll said this blend of new investment and strength across established industries ensured the region was shaping up as an attractive and convenient residential hub for the booming area’s growing workforce.
Local real estate agents and developers also report a ‘spill over’ from Gladstone, with people choosing to cash in on high “The Capricorn Coast makes sense as a property prices and over-industrialisation residential option for resources industry and settle for a more idyllic lifestyle on workers who want a permanent base the Capricorn Coast. close to their employment,” she said. PHOTOGRAPHY: (TOP TO BOTTOM) VIEW ACROSS YEPPOON MAIN BEACH; KEPPEL BAY MARINA; CAPRICORN CAVES; COTTON AND GRAIN FARMING CONTRIBUTE SIGNIFICANTLY TO THE DIVERSITY AND STRENGTH OF THE CQ ECONOMY
“THE CAPRICORN COAST MAKES SENSE AS A RESIDENTIAL OPTION FOR RESOURCES INDUSTRY WORKERS WHO WANT A PERMANENT BASE CLOSE TO THEIR EMPLOYMENT” “It offers a stunning coastal leisure playground as well as a wide range of educational, health and commercial services these people and their families require.
On the mainland, construction is progressing on a $35 million residential project that will make available 61 apartments to the area’s tight rental and holiday accommodation markets.
“We are moving from being just a sea change destination to maturing as the practical and desirable residential centre for the thriving Central Queensland region.”
Ms Carroll said both projects were vital for the region and would be catalysts for further tourism-related development.
And with its population growing at double the Queensland average according to latest data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics, the Capricorn Coast is on the radar of developers keen to tap into the area’s rich potential. The Federal Government has just given the green light to a $600 million redevelopment of Great Keppel Island, off the Yeppoon coast, which will involve the construction of 750 villas, 300 apartments, a 250-berth marina and an 18-hole Greg Norman-designed golf course. At least 350 construction workers a year will be needed for the 15-year transformation of Great Keppel Island with plans to begin this year on demolition and infrastructure works.
She said while the region was coming to terms with the full extent of the exponential growth in the resources sector, local tourism would benefit hugely. “The popularity, natural attractions and accessibility of areas like Yeppoon make it an obvious choice as an executive retreat and conference venue for businesses operating in Central Queensland while the expanded labour force will also be living and relaxing in the region,” she said. “Established destinations like Yeppoon will become the playground for those in the resources sector looking for localised holidays creating an exciting new era for tourism growth.” PHOTOGRAPHY: (TOP TO BOTTOM) CENTRAL QUEENSLAND RESOURCES – A STRATEGIC ASSET COMPLEMENTING THE REGION’S AGRICULTURAL HERITAGE; HENDERSON PARK, ROCKHAMPTON BEEF WEEK; VIEW OVER KEPPEL BAY MARINA’S 400 BERTHS; FAMILY FRIENDLY YEPPOON MAIN BEACH
MAJOR PLANS SEE GREAT KEPPEL
ON THE MOVE GREAT KEPPEL ISLAND’S IMPENDING $600 MILLION REDEVELOPMENT WILL CREATE HUNDREDS OF CONSTRUCTION AND TOURISM JOBS AND LEAD THE TRANSFORMATION OF THE CAPRICORN COAST ECONOMY. The landmark project will create a worldclass eco-tourism destination on land currently occupied by a former sheep farm and a dilapidated resort. Developer GKI Resort Pty Ltd’s plans include a 250-room international hotel, 750 villas, 300 apartments, 250-berth marina, ferry terminal and a Greg Norman-designed 18-hole championship golf course on the Great Barrier Reef island. The resort will also have a research centre, shops, cafes and restaurants, 575 hectares of environmental protection area, and an upgrade to the airstrip allowing direct air access from Sydney, Brisbane and Cairns. PHOTOGRAPHY: (TOP TO BOTTOM) GREAT KEPPEL ISLAND; GREG NORMAN AND TERRY AGNEW (GKI DEVELOPER) DISCUSS PLANS FOR GKI’S NEW GOLF COURSE
Great Keppel Island’s transformation will create Australia’s first carbon positive island resort which will generate more green energy than it needs courtesy of 24,000 solar panels. Capricorn Enterprise CEO Mary Carroll has heralded the project as the most amazing tourism development proposed for a Great Barrier Reef island in more than 25 years. Having secured both Federal and State Government approval in March 2013, GKI Resort Pty Ltd – a subsidiary of Tower Holdings – is working on design specifics ahead of turning the first sod in 2014. The 15-year construction timetable is expected to create 350 jobs each year with the resort itself to employ 1400 people once complete. Stage one of the development will involve the hotel, marina services precinct, 150 apartments, ferry terminal, airstrip upgrade and staff accommodation. The marina precinct will house the Great Keppel Island Research and Historic Centre which will conduct research programs and conservation
activities on the island and within the Marine Park, monitoring fringing coral communities and facilitating student research activities. A further 150 apartments, 750 eco-resort villas and the golf course will comprise later stages of the resort. Preliminary works scheduled for late 2013 will involve the demolition of the existing resort and the creation of key power, telecommunications, water and wastewater infrastructure including a submarine utilities cable to the mainland. Decommissioning of the existing fuel storage and wastewater facilities is expected to start in 2014.
GO TO WWW.GKIRESORT.COM.AU FOR MORE DETAILS
GLADSTONE’S GAS INDUSTRY SOARS
CENTRAL QUEENSLAND’S BURGEONING LIQUEFIED NATURAL GAS (LNG) INDUSTRY IS ESTABLISHING ITSELF AS A MAJOR ECONOMIC DRIVER FOR THE REGION WITH AROUND $60 BILLION IN INVESTMENT ACROSS THREE LNG PROJECTS CURRENTLY UNDERWAY IN GLADSTONE.
In total, the projects will generate more than 15,000 jobs during construction and operation and inject billions of dollars into both the regional and state economies.
QCLNG THAILAND GLNG PHILIPPINES
The first project to come on line will be Queensland Curtis LNG (QCLNG) which has been under construction since 2010 and will be the world’s first facility to turn Coal Seam Gas (CSG) into LNG when export operations begin in 2014.
AUST. PACIFIC LNG INDONESIA
A further two plants will begin operation the following year, Santos’ GLNG project and Australian Pacific LNG, also located on Curtis Island. Each of the projects involves expanding existing CSG production in the Surat and Bowen Basins, constructing liquefaction plants on Curtis Island in Gladstone and linking the operations via gas pipelines.
All will be major exporters to Asia, supplying the continent with natural gas as demand for cleaner, more efficient energy intensifies. Economic Development Manager at Capricorn Enterprise, Neil Lethlean said the Capricorn Coast would experience the flow-on benefits from LNG investment in the region. “These projects are major employers of our skilled workforce and drivers of Central Queensland’s resources industry,” he said. “They will also bring more people to our region, creating increased demand for our local goods and services.” PHOTOGRAPHY: (TOP TO BOTTOM) LNG – A NEW ENERGY SOURCE; GAS EXPORTS FROM GLADSTONE; LNG PROJECTS HAVE SPARKED A CONSTRUCTION BOOM IN CQ
RESOURCES GROWTH LEADS RESIDENTIAL SPILL OVER
YEPPOON’S POPULATION INCREASED BY 3.8% IN 2012, GREATER THAN BOTH GLADSTONE AND MACKAY
Mr O’Reilly said resources-industry personnel and their families were increasingly moving from busy regional centres like Gladstone and Rockhampton in search for a better quality lifestyle. He said the coastal strip was proving a more attractive and better-value alternative to larger regional centres. “Coastal towns like Yeppoon are seeing a spill over from traditional mining centres that are getting too busy, too expensive and aren’t conducive to a quality family lifestyle,” he said.
“From both a financial and lifestyle standpoint, the Capricorn Coast is very good value, and people who are either currently established in Central Queensland or are moving to the region are recognising this.
“With quality schools, shops, restaurants and community amenities, as well as a short commute to Rockhampton, Yeppoon affords a lifestyle sought after by families, young professionals, business operators and retirees,” he said.
“High demand is pushing both rental and sale prices up, so owner-occupiers and investors alike are getting into the market to take advantage of solid longterm growth prospects.
“It’s also a beacon for astute investors looking to cash in on the region’s growth.”
“Central Queensland is flourishing economically, and this growth will further increase demand for residential accommodation in desirable locations like the Capricorn Coast.” Mr O’Reilly, a long-time Yeppoon resident, said the town had established itself as one of the region’s most soughtafter lifestyle destinations. He said while particularly attractive to resources-industry personnel, the Capricorn Coast appealed to a diverse market.
Latest figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics affirmed the spill over trend, with Yeppoon’s population increasing 3.8 per cent in the 12 months to June 2012, greater than the 2.6 per cent and 3 per cent recorded by the industrial centres of Mackay and Gladstone respectively and doubling the Queensland average of 1.9 per cent. PHOTOGRAPHY: (ABOVE) ROSS O’REILLY
THE CAPRICORN COAST’S PROPERTY MARKET IS RIDING A WAVE OF BUYER ACTIVITY AS RESOURCES INDUSTRY-RELATED HOUSING DEMAND SPILLS OVER FROM NEARBY REGIONAL CENTRES, ACCORDING TO O’REILLY’S REAL ESTATE PRINCIPAL ROSS O’REILLY.
While the majority of the region’s population is in the 35-49 age bracket, the 25-34 age bracket has experienced the largest proportional increase since 2006.
OSHEN LEADS WAY ROCKY BUSINESS OWNERS SEEK GREENER PASTURES
CATALYST APARTMENT PROJECT OSHEN IS ON TRACK FOR COMPLETION THIS YEAR ON A STUNNING OCEANFRONT SITE OVERLOOKING THE SOUTHERN GREAT BARRIER REEF IN YEPPOON. The project is the first apartment development to get off the ground in Yeppoon since 2009, with many seeing its construction as a catalyst for further development in the town, which is currently severely undersupplied with quality residential accommodation.
OSHEN AT YEPPOON HAS CAPTURED THE ATTENTION OF SAVVY BUSINESS OWNERS WHO HAVE IDENTIFIED BOTH INVESTMENT AND LIFESTYLE VALUE IN THE PROJECT. Its stunning hilltop position and proximity to the town centre were among the major drawcards for buyers Stephen and Rosslyn Clifford, who snapped up an apartment at Oshen when it was first released to the market. The Cliffords, who own and operate Clifford Food Services in Rockhampton, were so taken with the development they decided to double their stake in the project, purchasing an adjacent apartment to create an expansive three-bedroom plus office, penthouse-style dwelling. “Aside the obvious perks of beachside living, Oshen really stacked up as a solid investment for us,” Mrs Clifford said. “There isn’t a great deal of top quality apartment accommodation in Yeppoon and it’s a growing area, so we are confident we’ve bought into good value at Oshen.
PHOTOGRAPHY: (LEFT TO RIGHT) ARTIST IMPRESSION OF OSHEN YEPPOON; CIVIL ENGINEER ON CONSTRUCTION SITE; NEW BERTHS COMPLETED AT KEPPEL BAY MARINA; YEPPOON TOWN CENTRE; WATER SPORTS ON GREAT KEPPEL ISLAND; ARTIST IMPRESSION OF OSHEN YEPPOON
The 61-apartment luxury development is located on an elevated site in the heart of the Capricorn Coast, Central Queensland’s lifestyle playground. Buoyed by massive economic growth in the region, Oshen has secured presales of over $20 million with a mix of astute investors, resources personnel, sea-changers and locals buying.
PROJECT IN BOOM TOWN Developer Sandy Murdoch, of Concept Living Properties, said Yeppoon’s lifestyle benefits coupled with Central Queensland’s status as the nation’s economic engine room had helped the seaside town flourish. “Yeppoon affords a fantastic quality of life to its residents and people who live in the region or are moving here for work realise this,” he said. “We’re now at a point where further residential development is needed in Yeppoon as both the sale and leasing markets are undersupplied. “That presents a great opportunity for investors who want to cash in on the region’s growth.” Cy Milburn, Project Manager for Queensland Company Hutchinson Builders appointed to construct Oshen
said over the course of the project’s 14 month schedule it would employ a total of 170 workers. “It’s a great result for the region where there has been a strong focus on work in the resources sector in recent years but not as much on construction,” he said. “Having a substantial development in the town will keep many local subcontractors and construction workers employed here for some time.” Independent research by EC3 Global indicates Oshen will provide a significant boost to Yeppoon’s economy, generating up to $260 million worth of economic value over 10 years. The report further identified Central Queensland will need an estimated 975 new rooms by 2017 to meet forecast demand.
When complete by Christmas this year, Oshen will feature fully-equipped conference and business meeting facilities, an onsite manager, swimming pool and barbeque areas. One-bedroom apartments are selling at Oshen from $329,000, with limited two and three-bedroom options also remaining. Oshen is the second major apartment project in the region for developer Concept Living Properties, which has an extensive understanding of the Central Queensland market having been actively developing in the region for more than five years. CLP completed development of the $14 million first stage of the Beaches on Lammermoor project in 2008. VISIT WWW.OSHENYEPPOON.COM.AU FOR MORE DETAILS.
COAST SET FOR GROWTH AS INVESTMENT SOARS CENTRAL QUEENSLAND HAS EMERGED AS THE STATE’S ECONOMIC POWERHOUSE WITH OVER $190 BILLION WORTH OF MAJOR PROJECTS PLANNED OR UNDERWAY IN THE REGION ACCORDING TO RECENT RESEARCH UNDERTAKEN BY BROAD PROPERTY RESEARCH AND ADVISORY.
Comprising over 135 major projects primarily in the energy, coal mining, infrastructure and construction sectors, the staggering investment volume eclipses the $22 billion proposed for the Mackay region, the $35 billion for Whitsundays and the $37 billion proposed for the Isaac region. The report states the Capricorn Coast is ideally placed to attract families whose breadwinner is employed in the mining and energy related sectors given its lifestyle attributes and proximity to the Bowen and Galilee Basins. Report author Paul Broad said 90 per cent of mining workers and their families had a preference for living in coastal areas, as opposed to being based inland closer to their workplaces. “As these major projects continue to come to fruition they will generate more jobs which will in turn apply upward pressure to the population of desirable locations like the Capricorn Coast,” he said. The report cites that population growth will create flow on benefits, such as demand for local goods and services, which will be another significant economic driver. PHOTOGRAPHY: (LEFT TO RIGHT) DREAMTIME CULTURAL CENTRE; ALFRESCO DINING; SCARCE OCEANFRONT DEVELOPMENT LAND IN YEPPOON; CQ MUSTERING
According to research conducted by the Housing Industry Association, every $1 million increase in construction output increases output in other areas of the economy by close to $3 million. In addition, every $1 million in construction activity generates seven direct construction jobs, four jobs in building material manufacturing and two jobs in industries that otherwise support construction. “Not being reliant on just one or two industries for economic activity and employment is a distinct advantage and protects against a downturn in any one particular segment. For example, a downturn in the tourist market would hit a location such as Cairns very hard, whereas areas such as Rockhampton and the Capricorn Coast would not suffer as badly given there are other major areas of economic activity. Yeppoon is therefore in a much better position than other seaside towns that rely almost entirely on tourism for survival,” Mr Broad said. As Central Queensland’s services hub, Mr Broad said the Capricorn Coast would be a major beneficiary of the region’s burgeoning economy. TO DOWNLOAD A COPY OF THE COMPLETE RESEARCH REPORT, PLEASE VISIT WWW.OSHENYEPPOON.COM.AU
THE ROCKHAMPTON AND CAPRICORN REGION ENJOYS A DIVERSE AND VIBRANT ECONOMY WITH MANY SECTORS CONTRIBUTING Personal incomes in the region exceed the Queensland average. For households, the median weekly income is $1,166 and $1,435 is the median income for families. Close to a quarter of locals earn incomes in the top two income brackets according to the ABS. The region is an energy powerhouse, with the 1460 megawatt capacity Stanwell Power Station supplying the national grid and additional capacity generated in Gladstone. The Federal and State governments are in the final stages of approving funding to merge Central Queensland University (CQU) and CQ TAFE to create an educational powerhouse to help develop a highly skilled workforce for the region.
As the Beef Capital of Australia and home to the Central Queensland Livestock Exchange, the region boasts enormous livestock production with two of the country’s largest abattoirs. The Rockhampton and Capricorn Coast region has a major share in Queensland’s gold, limestone, magnesium and salt production. The Queensland Government has pledged funds to construct a stadium in Rockhampton if the CQ NRL bid is successful in securing a license for a CQ based team in the National Rugby League competition. The region’s GDP was $5.2 billion in 2010.
LOCALS INVEST IN BRIGHT FUTURE FOR PETER AND ANNABELLE JAMES THE DECISION TO PURCHASE AT OSHEN APARTMENT WAS ULTIMATELY ABOUT INVESTMENT, FLEXIBILITY AND LIFESTYLE. Having lived locally in Yeppoon for several years after relocating from Emerald, the couple decided to take the plunge into purchasing an investment property which they would eventually take up residence in. The couple selected a two-bedroom north-east facing sub-penthouse at Oshen with sweeping sea views. “As investors, having professional on-site management will provide peace of mind
that our apartment will be secure and the entire building will be maintained to a high standard,” Mrs James said. “Oshen’s resort-style facilities will create a great place to live and with everything within walking distance it will be highly attractive for holidaymakers and renters. “The views are stunning, it’s our dream apartment and we can’t wait to call it home.”
INDEPENDENT RESEARCH CONDUCTED BY PROPERTY EXPERT MICHAEL MATUSIK REVEALS SEVEN KEY REASONS WHY ASTUTE BUYERS SHOULD CONSIDER INVESTING IN THE PROJECT. The $35 million apartment development is taking shape on an oceanfront site at Yeppoon and is the first project in Yeppoon to feature fully self-contained one-bedroom and ‘dual key’ two-bedroom apartments, as well as three-bedroom residential options catering to the needs of a diverse market. Significantly, it is also the first apartment project to be built in the coastal town in some years. Independent residential market analyst Michael Matusik, one of Australia’s foremost property researchers and commentators, studied Oshen and its surrounding market, the Central Queensland region. He subsequently compiled this list of reasons why investors should take a closer look at this project.
MATUSIK’S 7 REASONS WHY OSHEN IS WORTH A LOOK 1.
Concept Living Properties (CLP) is an experienced Queensland company chaired by Euan Murdoch, the founder of Herron Pharmaceuticals. Oshen is CLP’s third project and is being built by Queensland’s largest construction company Hutchinson Builders.
Oshen is the first new major project in the area in 20 years and the first apartment development since 2009. It is being delivered to the market at a time when new residential development is lagging behind the enormous amount of resources investment that is being made across Central Queensland. It is a well-designed project with efficient layouts that maximise position and 270-degree ocean and island views available from the elevated site. Oshen’s one and two-bedroom apartments are what most tourists are seeking but they also meet the needs of permanent occupiers. The project has conference and business meeting facilities which caters to the corporate market.
Formerly a sea-change destination, Yeppoon is emerging as a residential hub for the resources sector. Its location is within four hours’ drive of major regional towns and resource centres such as Rockhampton and Gladstone. Demand for accommodation and housing from Gladstone is spilling over into Rockhampton and particularly coastal locations like Yeppoon. Currently a third of Yeppoon’s residents commute to Rockhampton each day, demonstrating its status as a viable residential lifestyle option. Yeppoon earned a Walk Score of 92/100, meaning all daily needs are centrally located within the town.
Rockhampton and Yeppoon have just entered the recovery phase of the real estate cycle – at 7 o’clock on the Property Clock. It’s a great time to invest as there is an undersupply of suitable accommodation relative to demand. As previously mentioned, the demand generated out of Gladstone is starting to move north to Rockhampton and Yeppoon.
Yeppoon’s asking prices rose 2.7 per cent in the first quarter 2013 while asking rents jumped 5.7 per cent in the same period. The town has a tight rental market with vacancy at 2.8 per cent. The average rental yield for the area is 5.5 per cent.
Yeppoon is a big beneficiary of the resources boom taking place in Central Queensland with more than $190 billion of investment either underway or proposed in major projects. But there is a lot more to Yeppoon than just mining and resources. It is part of a diverse regional economy supported by the armed forces, education, construction, agriculture and tourism. Major companies in the area include Aurizon, Meijin, Xstrata, Ergon, Queensland Health, Hastings Deering and Queensland’s largest power generator Stanwell Corporation. The Rockhampton region has a workforce of 41,200 people and is experiencing annual population growth of 2300 new residents. One third of these new arrivals are choosing to settle in Yeppoon, which has a 4500-strong workforce of its own across 1400 registered businesses.
Growing tourist numbers means there is need for more accommodation – it is estimated that close to 1000 rooms will be required during the next five years, particularly one and two-bedroom dual key apartments. Central Queensland has a high serviced apartment room rate at $200/night.
Yeppoon is in the recovery phase of its property cycle. There is a large and growing resale market with 2700 properties selling the in the Rockhampton region annually, of which 550 alone are selling in Yeppoon. The impending $600 million redevelopment of the nearby Great Keppel Island resort will create 350 construction jobs a year for the next 15 years and will provide a huge boost to tourism. Other major projects in the region include Aurizon’s new $6 billion rail and port infrastructure; a $3 billion coal mine by Meijin – China’s largest private coking coal producer; and a $75 million industrial park at Gracemere 100,000sqm of factory space.
Queensland’s LNG industry, which centres on Gladstone, is in its infancy. With much of the required infrastructure in place, the conversion of coal seam gas to liquefied natural gas will create sustained economic spin-offs for surrounding areas like Yeppoon.
SUMMARY Oshen represents one of the best opportunities on the Capricorn Coast. Apartments are well designed and sized for the local demand, have ocean views, and are keenly priced from $329,000. Buyers have the flexibility to owneroccupy, rent out on a permanent basis, or let in the short-term pool. They have the certainty that flows from a real project – it is under construction and due to be finished later this year. And importantly, Yeppoon has a low vacancy rate and high rental demand. TO WATCH MICHAEL MATUSIK’S 7 REASONS WHY ONLINE VIDEO OR TO DOWNLOAD THE COMPLETE REPORT, PLEASE VISIT WWW.OSHENYEPPOON.COM.AU PHOTOGRAPHY: (LEFT TO RIGHT) THE SINGING SHIP AT EMU PARK; PICNIC UNDER YEPPON’S ICONIC PINES; YEPPOON’S TOWN CENTRE
Located next to the Southern Great Barrier Reef and with views of the Keppel Islands, Yeppoon is a coastal hotspot. It is part of a region that played host to more than two million tourists 2012, up 11 per cent on the previous year. Rockhampton Airport’s passenger numbers are growing by 9 per cent annually, with 750,000 visitors passing through last year.
YEPPOON’S GROWTH DOUBLE THE STATE AVERAGE THE ROCKHAMPTON AND CAPRICORN COAST REGION EXPERIENCED POPULATION GROWTH WELL IN EXCESS OF THE QUEENSLAND AVERAGE IN THE 12 MONTHS TO JUNE 2012 ACCORDING TO RECENT FIGURES RELEASED BY THE AUSTRALIAN BUREAU OF STATISTICS (ABS).
With 2.7 per cent growth, equating to 3,016 people, the increase compared favourably to the Queensland average of 1.9 per cent. According to the figures, Yeppoon experienced one of the highest growth rates in the region of 3.8 per cent, twice the state average and second only to Gracemere which recorded 4.8 per cent. Both towns far exceeded the 2.6 per cent and 3 per cent recorded by the industrial centres of Mackay and Gladstone respectively. Tourism and Marketing Manager for Capricorn Enterprise, Krista Brown, said the data reflected the significant demographic shift to desirable locations like Yeppoon.
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“Yeppoon is a beacon for families and resources-sector workers as it affords them the best of both worlds – a fantastic beachside lifestyle and close proximity to employment opportunities within the resources industry,” she said. The data also reflected an improving standard of living in the region, with 23.7 per cent of the population in the top two income brackets, up from 18.9 per cent in 2006. “This reflects an additional 10,864 people in the top income categories, who are earning more and enjoying a higher standard of living than five years ago,” Ms Brown said.
Ms Brown said unemployment was on the decline in the region, with the 4.6 per cent recorded in the Mackay-Central West-Fitzroy region, which takes in Rockhampton and the Capricorn Coast, far below the 9.6 per cent in Wide Bay-Burnett, 7.9 per cent in the Far North and 6 per cent on the Sunshine Coast. “This reflects the vast employment opportunities in our region, driven by the resources sector and complemented by our diverse economy,” she said. Queensland Treasurer Tim Nicholls acknowledged the Mackay-Central West-Fitzroy region was forecast to experience the highest Gross Regional Product growth in Queensland over the next few years of 4.9 per cent annually. Continuing the region’s growth pattern, in the 12 months to June 2012 land sales were up 22.1 per cent, dwelling sales increased 21 per cent and the median sale price of units and townhouses was 1.4 per cent higher. On the tourism front, Rockhampton Airport activity remained strong with 730,000 passengers arriving and departing through its gates last year, while guest numbers at hotels, motels and serviced apartments were up 14.8 per cent. PHOTOGRAPHY: (LEFT TO RIGHT) ISLAND VISTAS; LOCAL SEAFOOD DELICACIES; COMMUNITY PRECINCT ALONG THE ESPLANADE AT YEPPOON MAIN BEACH
FAST FACTS! Rockhampton is the traditional capital of Central Queensland, strategically positioned to service mining and agricultural pursuits. The Capricorn Coast’s location as the gateway to the Southern Great Barrier Reef makes it a popular lifestyle choice for residents, holiday makers and corporate travellers. The Capricorn Coast’s population is expected to increase 68% by 2026. While the majority of the region’s population is in the 35-49 age bracket, the 25-34 age bracket has experienced the largest proportional increase since 2006.
DUAL KEY DESIGN ATTRACTS ASTUTE INVESTOR OSHEN’S flexible apartment configurations have proven a major drawcard for shrewd buyers, with the opportunity to generate extra income via dual key apartments. Such was the case for Rich Ludwig, owner of Leading Edge Telecoms in Rockhampton, who purchased a two bedroom dual key apartment at Oshen off-the-plan. Mr Ludwig will have the option to retain the apartment as a two-bedroom residence or use the master bedroom, kitchen and living area a fully selfcontained one-bedroom apartment and let out the second bedroom as a separate studio suite.
He said he was attracted to Oshen’s central location, stunning ocean views and quality design. “It has been a long time since Yeppoon has seen a new apartment development, let alone one of this calibre, so I’m very excited to be a part of what is an iconic project for the Capricorn Coast,” he said. “I searched extensively for something that would fit my lifestyle and budget and Oshen was a standout. The flexibility is fantastic, I can live there myself, rent it out with the onsite manager or even put in a long term tenant, which makes it a solid investment,” Mr Ludwig said.
Mining, manufacturing, construction, agricultural, health, education and retail sectors account for 57% of the job market. Nearly one third of workers who live in Yeppoon and Emu Park commute daily to Rockhampton for employment. 22% of Capricorn Coast locals work outside the Capricorn Coast. Yeppoon’s population increased 3.8% in the 12 months to June 2012, greater than the 2.6% and 3% recorded by Mackay and Gladstone respectively and double the Queensland average of 1.9%. According to latest research, regional areas are growing in population at 10 times the rate of the Gold Coast, which has long been acknowledged as the leading population growth city.
PHOTOGRAPHY: ARTIST IMPRESSION OF OSHEN YEPPOON
WELCOME TO THE CAPRICORN COAST CENTRAL QUEENSLAND’S CAPRICORN COAST, SET ON ITS NAMESAKE THE TROPIC OF CAPRICORN AND A GATEWAY TO THE SOUTHERN GREAT BARRIER REEF, STRIKES THE PERFECT BALANCE BETWEEN SMALL-TOWN HOSPITALITY AND CITY CONVENIENCE.
The beautiful Capricorn region shares its latitude with Rio de Janeiro to the east and Mauritius to the west. Perfectly located, it is central to the Sunshine State. Capricorn Coast is made up of a smattering of townships that hug the idyllic shoreline east of Rockhampton, stretching 95 kilometres from Stanage Bay to the mouth of the Fitzroy River. The remarkable Keppel Bay Islands lie just 30 minutes off the coast of Yeppoon, the gateway to the Capricorn Coast. Abundant with snorkelling, bushwalking and swimming opportunities, exploring the Keppels is an incredible adventure. Rockhampton, 30 minutes’ drive from Yeppoon, is the Capricorn region’s business district and has a wider population of around 100,000 people.
PHOTOGRAPHY: (LEFT TO RIGHT) FISHING AT LAMMERMOOR BEACH; FREEDOM FAST CAT FERRIES DELIVER VISITORS TO GREAT KEPPEL ISLAND; LOCAL SEAFOOD; PARADISE FOR BOATING ENTHUSIASTS; KOOKABURRA FOUND FREQUENTLY AROUND CENTRAL QUEENSLAND; ABUNDANT CORAL AND FISH IDEAL FOR SNORKELLING
KEPPEL BAY ISLANDS & THE SOUTHERN GREAT BARRIER REEF Abundant with fine white sand and surrounded by crystal clear waters, The Keppel Bay Islands are a true paradise. The islands are protected by fringing reefs, making their 17 pristine beaches perfect for snorkelling, sea kayaking, water-skiing and tubing. Rich with walking trails set among native flora and fauna, the islands are a delight for bush walkers. Accommodation on Great Keppel Island ranges from tents and cabins to private beach housing on the water’s edge.
SCUBA & SNORKEL The remarkable reefs of the Keppels form the southernmost section of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. Scuba diving and snorkelling services operate from the mainland and Great Keppel Island, offering the chance to swim among hundreds of varieties of tropical fish and exotic sea creatures like turtles, sea snakes and giant manta rays.
GETTING THERE Ferries depart most days to Great Keppel Island from Pier One, Rosslyn Bay. A variety of charters and cruises, sailing adventures, and extended tour options are available from Keppel Bay Marina.
MUST-DO’S AROUND THE KEPPEL ISLANDS ›› Grab some snorkel gear and explore the fringing reefs ›› Stay a few nights in a tent bungalow, cabin or island house ›› Bushwalk – many of the islands have fantastic bushwalking trails and the views are spectacular ›› Join a diving charter and explore the Great Barrier Reef ›› Reel in a big catch with one of the local fishing charters
Offshore fishing adventures are available for visitors – charter a boat with an experienced skipper for an unforgettable day of deep-sea fishing.
The quaint village of Byfield lies 25 minutes north of Yeppoon and offers spectacular natural scenery with several boutique accommodation options.
Yeppoon is the gateway to the Capricorn Coast, situated 38km northeast of Rockhampton. The Esplanade is the town’s vibrant main stretch and is home to retail boutiques, restaurants and cafés.
Travel south from Yeppoon on the Scenic Highway to reach Rosslyn Bay harbour. It is the departure point for transfers, cruises and charters to Great Keppel Island and the rest of Keppel Bay.
Accommodation options in Yeppoon range from camping and caravan sites to cabins, motels, serviced apartments, resorts, bed and breakfasts, historic holiday houses and farm stays.
Rosslyn Bay is a man-made harbour with popular fishing spots, a public jetty, boat ramps, Coast Guard and service station. The Keppel Bay Marina is the largest marina in northern Queensland and has 500 floating berths as well as a licensed restaurant overlooking the water. For the casual diner, the Fisherman’s Co-op is a must with offerings of locally caught fish, prawns, bugs and mud crabs.
The Byfield National Park and State Forest has rolling sand dunes, beaches, rainforest-edged creeks and rugged mountains. Dotted with picnic and camping areas, Byfield makes for a lovely day trip or short stay. The Capricorn Coast’s major waterway, Water Park Creek, runs through Byfield and supports a richly diverse eco-system home to many native birds and animals. Visitors can enjoy the creek at their own pace with a canoe or eco-cruise.
MUST-DO’S IN YEPPOON ›› Visit one of the local arts, craft and food markets and sample some local creations and produce ›› Cuddle a koala at Cooberrie Park Wildlife Sanctuary ›› Stop for a coffee at one of the local cafés ›› Tickle your funnybone at Footlights Theatre Restaurant ›› Tee off at one of the quality local golf courses ›› Explore the popular Farnborough Beach – a surfing and fishing hot spot!
EMU PARK & ZILZIE Further south is Emu Park, a tranquil coastal village with shady parks and picturesque beaches. Emu Park’s famous Singing Ship sculpture stands grandly atop the cliffs, overlooking the coastline and commemorating the legacy of Captain James Cook’s historical explorations. The charming seaside village holds monthly markets, and has played host to events like ‘Oktoberfest’ and the ‘Festival of the Wind’. Just south of Emu Park is the hamlet of Zilzie – home to the Seaspray Resort and the Zilzie Bay masterplanned community, where the world’s first synthetic golf course was built. The scenic touring loop then heads back to Rockhampton, passing the Koorana Crocodile Farm.
MUST-DO’S IN EMU PARK & ZILZIE ›› Ignore the old advice “never smile at a crocodile” and enjoy a visit to Koorana Crocodile Farm ›› Retrace the footsteps of explorer Captain James Cook and visit the Singing Ship lookout at Emu Park ›› Bring history to life at the Emu Park Historical Museum ›› Grab some light tackle and try your luck fishing in one of the local estuaries ›› Play a round of golf at Zilzie Bay, the world’s first synthetic golf course ›› Enjoy cruisy coastal-style alfresco dining at Coco’s Seaspray
ROCKHAMPTON CITY Rockhampton is establishing itself as a sophisticated cosmopolitan hub while staying true to its laidback country heritage.
ARTS, CULTURE & HERITAGE The Rockhampton Art Gallery features an extensive permanent collection of works by Australian artists including Sidney Nolan, Russell Drysdale and Arthur Boyd. This is complemented by the Pilbeam Theatre next door which hosts local, national and international talent. Quay Street has been listed by the National Trust and the Heritage Commission as a ‘historical streetscape’ featuring cathedrals, hotels and the old post office. The nearby Rockhampton Heritage Village is a working museum which pays homage to the local lifestyle of the 1800s and 1900s. The Archer Park Rail Museum is another must-see for those passionate about history.
THE MIGHTY FITZROY The extraordinary Fitzroy River snakes through Rockhampton with boardwalks, fishing spots and cooking facilities right on the river. The Rockhampton region is one of few areas in Australia fortunate to have ample water supply – the Fitzroy River Barrage separates fresh water upstream from tidal water downstream.
A SPORTS MECCA Rockhampton offers a range of sporting activities, including rowing on the Fitzroy and bull riding in the rodeo ring. Watch a game of footy at Browne Park, swim a few laps in an Olympic-sized pool, or have a hit on the same tennis court where Australian legend Rod Laver perfected his ‘rocket’ serve.
The state government has committed to constructing a new football stadium in the city if the NRL grants a licence for the establishment of a Rockhampton-based NRL team.
GRACEMERE Located 9km west of Rockhampton, Gracemere has the largest livestock saleyards in the Southern Hemisphere where major cattle and bull sales are held every Friday.
MUST-DO’S IN ROCKHAMPTON ›› Enjoy a succulent steak in the “Beef Capital of Australia” ›› Stroll through the Botanic Gardens, and see the beautiful waterfalls at the Kershaw Gardens ›› Learn about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture at the Dreamtime Cultural Centre ›› Pack a barbeque and head to Mt Archer National Park to enjoy city views and cool breezes – beautiful by day and by night ›› Join in the dust and drama of a real cattle auction! ›› Wander through the world class exhibits at the Rockhampton Art Gallery ›› Visit animals at the Rockhampton Zoo ›› Have your photo taken at ‘The Spire’ when you cross the Tropic of Capricorn ›› Explore the mysterious Capricorn Caves by day – or by candlelight if you dare! ›› Fossick for your own thunder-eggs at Mt Hay Gemstone Park.
FAST FACT During the peak time of American occupation in World War II, more than 70,000 American soldiers were stationed in the Rockhampton area.
The Rockhampton racing scene is a mustattend at Callaghan Park. The XXXX Gold Winter Racing Carnival culminates in the running of the Rockhampton Cup, while other events coincide with Spring Carnival. Callaghan Park is better than ever following a $6.5 million track redevelopment in January 2010. PHOTOGRAPHY: (LEFT TO RIGHT) CANOEING IN BYFIELD NATIONAL PARK; KEMP BEACH NEAR ROSSLYN BAY; KEPPEL BAY MARINA; CAPRICORN CAVES; QUAY ST, ROCKHAMPTON
BEACHES The Capricorn Coast contains stretches of beach and secluded bays initially explored by Captain James Cook. Lammermoor, Kinka, Mulambin and Kemp Beaches, Cooee Bay and the Causeway Lake all line the Capricorn Coast. Yeppoon’s main beach and Emu Park’s main beach are the only patrolled beaches along the coast, but there are picnic tables and facilities in most locations.
Yeppoon’s streets house small boutiques representing an eclectic blend of designer fashion and hand crafted wares to tempt the shoppers of Capricorn more than ever. Local boutiques also stock fashions from some great Australian designers. There are more great options in shopping centres across Yeppoon and Rockhampton which are open for seven day trading.
DINING AND NIGHTLIFE
The region’s largest shopping centre is Stockland Rockhampton, which boasts 170 speciality stores including fashion, food, home wares, gifts, banking and other services.
The Capricorn Coast’s cuisine is as diverse as the region it comes from. Despite Rockhampton being the Beef Capital of Australia, there is far more to the region’s taste palate – like plentiful seafood and fresh produce.
FISHING & GOLFING
Crocodile is one of the trademark foods of the region and is sourced from the local Koorana Crocodile Farm, where visitors can feast on a steak or even a crocodile pie. The popular Capricorn Coast markets are abundant with fresh produce including sun-ripened mangoes, pineapples and lychees. The local seafood shop offers delicious Queensland mud crab and prawns to enjoy by the sea while Yeppoon is home to a variety of restaurants and cafes. The river precinct of Rockhampton also plays host to a wide array of restaurants to suit all discerning diners. Bars, pubs and clubs are also on offer, all within walking distance of Rockhampton Art Gallery and Pilbeam Theatre.
SHOPPING & FASHION
FISHING There are fish aplenty on the Capricorn Coast and a multitude of locations to find them. From barramundi in the mighty Fitzroy River, to secluded freshwater lagoons, there is much fun to be had for the keen fisherman.
TOP FISHING SPOTS! ›› Coorooman Creek, Zilzie – Estuary fishing (whiting, grunter, flathead, mud crabs), ramp access ›› Causeway Lake, Kinka Beach – Estuary fishing (sheltered, best on tidal runthrough), ramp access ›› Ross Creek, Yeppoon – Estuary fishing (high tide run), ramp access ›› Double Head/The Bluff, Rosslyn Bay – Rock ocean fishing (mackerel, bream, cod, etc), ramp access ›› Five Rocks, Byfield National Park – Rock ocean fishing (high tide, mackerel, etc) ›› Corio Bay, Yeppoon – Estuary fishing (best on flood tide, boat access only) ›› Keppel Bay/Deep Sea Fishing – Charters depart from Keppel Bay Marina & Rosslyn Bay
TOP COURSES TO TEE OFF ON ›› ‘Championship Course’ at Mercure Capricorn Resort – 18 holes, PAR 72, carts available. ›› ‘Resort Course’ at Mercure Capricorn Resort – 18 holes, PAR 72, carts available. ›› Zilzie Bay Synthetic Golf Course – 18 holes & 18 hole putt putt. ›› Yeppoon Golf Course – 18 holes, PAR 71, carts available. ›› Emu Park Golf Course – 14 holes, PAR 70, carts available. ›› A new Greg Norman-designed 18 hole golf course will feature as part of the Great Keppel Island re-development.
POPULATION GROWTH OF
IN THE COMBINED ROCKHAMPTON & CAPRICORN REGION
LOOKING TO RELOCATE? The Capricorn Coast and Rockhampton region has a population totalling 117,000 and is projected to increase to 153,000 by 2031. The region offers an impressive range of employment, health, sporting and cultural facilities, affordable housing and a booming economy.
Rockhampton is not just the Beef Capital of Australia; it is a useful service city for the mining industry. The city also represents the commerce hub of Central Queensland with government offices, legal firms, accounting firms and medical facilities, including three hospitals.
›› 31% population growth in the combined Rockhampton & Capricorn region ›› 68% population growth on the Capricorn Coast
Rockhampton’s airport is the gateway to Central Queensland and the Capricorn Coast. Direct service flights from major cities such as Brisbane, Sydney and Townsville transport more than 800,000 domestic passengers each year.
ROCKHAMPTON CITY Rockhampton has an enviable tropical climate and is Queensland’s fifth largest city with a wider population totalling 100,000. Rockhampton offers a city lifestyle with the spirit of a small community. Between private secondary schools and boarding schools, two state secondary schools, Central Queensland University and TAFE, the education spectrum in the city is covered. Industry and business also thrives in the city, meaning job opportunities are plentiful.
If you want to escape the bustle of metropolitan life, Rockhampton has all the facilities of a capital city, with a dose of country charm.
CAPRICORN COAST Once a sleepy sea change destination, the Capricorn Coast is now a lifestyle destination for resources workers and their families who have been brought to the area by the region’s burgeoning resources sector.
Quality schools, shops, employment opportunities and lifestyle amenities make the Capricorn Coast a sought-after destination for people relocating to the region. The $35 million Oshen development in Yeppoon will support a new era of tourism in the region and has been hailed as a catalyst for further residential and tourism development in the town. Population on the coast is expected to grow from between 32,000 and 34,000 to between 41,000 and 54,000 by 2026 according to the Queensland Department of Local Government and Planning. PHOTOGRAPHY: (LEFT TO RIGHT) SPOILT FOR CHOICE – PLENTIFUL LOCAL CAFES AND RESTAURANTS; ROCKHAMPTON’S CRITERION HOTEL; ROCKHAMPTON BOTANICAL GARDENS; THE NEW MEDICAL FACULTY AT CQ UNIVERSITY; THE BEEF CITY STATUE, ROCKHAMPTON
SELF DRIVE ITINERARIES COAST TO RAINFOREST EXPERIENCE MERCURE CAPRICORN RESORT 15 MINUTE DRIVE FROM YEPPOON
From Yeppoon travel north to Mercure Capricorn Resort Yeppoon with its 20 kilometres of uninterrupted beach and two international standard golf courses, all surrounded by 22 hectares of wetlands.
COOBERRIE PARK WILDLIFE SANCTUARY 10 MINUTES FROM CAPRICORN RESORT
Cuddle a koala, hold a snake, handfeed the friendly kangaroos. Enjoy the company of the animals as you stroll through the lush rainforest parkland of Cooberrie Park. You can hand-feed wallabies, peacocks, free-roaming water birds, emus and others, with the pre-packaged food available from the park’s kiosk.
BYFIELD STATE FOREST 15 MINUTE DRIVE FROM COOBERRIE PARK
Several recreational areas offer a cool escape with a swim, barbeque or a picnic in beautiful rainforest. Camping facilities are available, or stay in one of the deluxe log cabins or romantic bungalows available.
COFFEE BREAK Make sure you allow time for a visit to Byfield General Store and Café. The café boasts scrumptious homemade treats, delicious coffee, and a great lunch menu all in a rainforest setting.
POTTERY GALLERY Nestled in the Byfield rainforest, Nob Creek Pottery gallery has a superb collection of work by resident potters, and a display of Australian glass, woodwork and jewellery.
SCENIC COAST LOOP ROCKHAMPTON TO YEPPOON 35 MINUTE DRIVE
Travel along the Bruce Highway to the Yeppoon turn-off and as you head to the coast you’ll see Mt Jim Crow and Mt Hedlow. These are just two of the many volcanic plugs which dot the landscape, testament to the area’s violent geological past.
YEPPOON The gateway to the Capricorn Coast, Yeppoon is a magical beachside community, well known for its delicious seafood. Towering palms and native pines line the streets against a backdrop of the sky, sea and islands.
KEPPEL BAY MARINA & ROSSLYN BAY 15 MINUTE DRIVE FROM YEPPOON
Rosslyn Bay is the departure point for trips to Great Keppel Island. Freedom Fast Cats offer ferry transfers to the island. Here you’ll also find Keppel Bay Marina, which boasts a seaside café and restaurant.
GREAT KEPPEL ISLAND Take a welcome diversion across to Great Keppel Island. The island is well worth a day trip and there’s a variety of accommodation if you wish to stay longer.
EMU PARK 15 MINUTE DRIVE FROM YEPPOON
Along the Scenic Highway lie 13 of Queensland’s most beautiful beaches, including Kinka Beach and Mulambin Beach. Take the coastal walk at Kemp Beach for magnificent views across the sparkling ocean to the Keppel Islands. Emu Park is also home to the Singing Ship, a soaring white sculpture on the headland, designed as a monument to Captain Cook.
IMPORTANT CONTACTS Emergency – 000 Yeppoon Police – (07) 4939 0000 Yeppoon Ambulance – 131 233 Yeppoon Fire – (07) 4939 1608 Coast Guard – (07) 4933 6600 SES (State Emergency Service) – 132 500 RACQ Road Conditions (24hrs) – 1300 130 595 Capricorn Coast Taxi – 131 008
BANKS ANZ 10 Normanby St, Yeppoon 4703 Phone: (07) 4939 2433 185 Musgrave St, Nth Rockhampton 4700 Phone: 13 13 14 Bank of Queensland 222 Bolsover St, Rockhampton 4700 Phone: (07) 4924 1780 Commonwealth Bank Shop 11, Keppel Bay Plaza, Yeppoon 4703 Phone: 13 22 21 National Australia Bank 62 James St, Yeppoon 4703 Phone: (07) 4920 7150 The Rock Building Society Keppel Bay Plaza Phone: (07) 4939 4900 Suncorp Yeppoon Central, Shopping Centre Phone: (07) 4925 1988 Westpac Bank Cnr Normanby St & Hill St Yeppoon 4703 Phone: (07) 4913 3322 Bendigo Bank 18 Hill St, Emu Park 4710 Phone: (07) 4939 6441 40 Park St, Yeppoon 4703 Phone: 1300 236 344
HOSPITALS Mater Hospital Yeppoon (Private) 55 Cliff St, Yeppoon 4703 Phone: (07) 4939 4611 Capricorn Coast Hospital (Yeppoon) 8 Hoskyn Dr, Yeppoon 4703 Phone: (07) 4913 3000 Rockhampton Base Hospital (Public) 2 Canning St, Rockhampton 4700 Phone: (07) 4920 6211 Rockhampton Mater Hospital (Private) Ward St, Rockhampton 4700 Phone: (07) 4931 3313
Yeppoon Chemmart Pharmacy 4 James St, Yeppoon 4703 Phone: (07) 4939 1408
Yeppoon Primary School Tucker St, Yeppoon 4703 Phone: (07) 4925 1111
Emu Park Chemmart Pharmacy 14 Hill St Emu Park 4710 Phone: (07) 4939 6364
Yeppoon State High School Rawlings St, Yeppoon 4703 Phone: (07) 4925 1333
O’Grady’s Bakehouse 14 Normanby St, Yeppoon 4703 Phone: (07) 4939 2492
DOCTORS & MEDICAL CENTRES
Farnborough State School Byfield Rd, Yeppoon 4703 Phone: (07) 4939 7532
Bell Park Bakery 14 Hill St, Emu Park 4710 Phone: (07) 4939 6722
Emu Park State School 26 Fountain St, Emu Park 4702 Phone: (07) 4925 4333
James St Medical Centre 21 James St, Yeppoon 4703 Phone: (07) 4939 1711 Total Health Medical Centre 1 Swordfish Ave, Yeppoon 4703 Phone: (07) 4939 1888 Yeppoon Family Practice 48 Normanby St, Yeppoon 4703 Phone: (07) 4939 3501 Dr Jonathon Davies 1 Normanby St, Yeppoon 4703 Phone: (07) 4939 3041
DENTIST Regal’s Dentist 63 Whitman St, Yeppoon 4703 Phone: (07) 4939 2548 Icon Dental Shop 5b, 18-22 Anzac Pde, Yeppoon 4703 Phone: (07) 4939 2900 Emu Dental 12 Adelaide Park Rd, Yeppoon 4703 Phone: (07) 4939 2400
VETS Acacia Veterinary Surgery 40 Normanby St, Yeppoon 4703 Phone: (07) 4939 5988 Yeppoon Veterinary Surgery 7A Industrial Ave, Yeppoon 4703 Phone: (07) 4939 8300
COUNCIL – REGIONAL 232 Bolsover St Rockhampton 4700 Phone: 1300 225 577
LIBRARIES Yeppoon Library John St, Yeppoon 4703 Phone: (07) 4939 3433
The Coffee Club Yeppoon Esplanade Phone: (07) 4930 2705
Taranganba State School Taranganba Rd, Yeppoon 4703 Phone: (07) 4925 1888
Beaches Restaurant Rosslyn Bay Resort 34-48 Vin E. Jones Dr, Yeppoon 4703 Phone: (07) 4933 6333
Sacred Heart Primary School 14 Barracuda Cres, Yeppoon 4703 Phone: (07) 4933 6288
Megalomania Corner Arthur and James St, Yeppoon 4703 Phone: (07) 4939 2333
St Benedict’s Catholic Primary School Pacific Heights Rd, Yeppoon 4703 Phone: (07) 4930 2744
Waterline Restaurant Keppel Bay Marina, 1 Waterline Way, Yeppoon 4703 Phone: (07) 4933 6244
St Brendan’s College 139 Adelaide Park Rd, Yeppoon 4703 Phone: (07) 4939 9300
PUBS & BARS
St Ursula’s College Queen St, Yeppoon 4703 Phone: (07) 4939 9600
Strand Hotel Cnr Normanby St & Anzac Pde, Yeppoon 4703 Phone: (07) 4939 1301
Capricorn Tavern 52-72 Scenic Highway, Yeppoon 4703 Phone: (07) 4925 0340
Yeppoon Aquatic Centre Matthew Flinders Dr, Yeppoon 4703 Phone: (07) 4939 5029
ACCOMMODATION Beaches on Lammermoor 96 Scenic Hwy, Yeppoon 4703 Phone: (07) 4913 8300 Rosslyn Bay Resort 34-48 Vin E. Jones Drive, Yeppoon 4703 Phone: (07) 4933 6333 Oshen Yeppoon (Opening Early 2014) Corner Adelaide, Cliff and Hill Sts, Yeppoon (Reception off Hill St) Phone: 1300 655 376 Mercure Capricorn Resort Farnborough Rd, Yeppoon 4703 Phone: (07) 4925 2525
Emu Park Library Hill St, Emu Park 4710 Phone: (07) 4939 6400
Budget Rockhampton Airport Phone: (07) 4922 8064
CAFES & CATERING
Yeppoon Post Office 6/76 James St, Yeppoon 4703 Phone: 13 13 18
The Shore Thing 1/6 Normanby St, Yeppoon 4703 Phone: (07) 4939 1993
Emu Park Post Office 15 Granville St, Emu Park 4710 Phone: (07) 4939 6209
Cia Bella Cucina 2/13 James St, Yeppoon 4703 Phone: (07) 4938 3530 Food For Thought 6/1 Normanby St, Yeppoon 4703 Phone: (07) 4939 3335
The Criterion Hotel 150 Quay St Rockhampton 4700 Phone: (07) 4922 1225
SUPERMARKETS Woody’s Foodworks Yeppoon 18 James St, Yeppoon Phone: (07) 4939 2200 Coles – Yeppoon 64/76 James St, Yeppoon 4703 Phone: (07) 4939 1266 Woolworths – Yeppoon Lots 1-2 Rockhampton Rd, Yeppoon 4703 Phone: (07) 4991 5302
LOCAL ATTRACTIONS Cooberrie Park Wildlife Sanctuary Woodbury Rd, Cooberrie 4703 Phone: (07) 4939 7590 Capricorn Caves 30 Olsens Caves Rd, The Caves 4702 Phone: (07) 4934 2883 Rockhampton Botanic Gardens and Zoo West Rockhampton 4700 Phone: (07) 4922 1654 Dreamtime Cultural Centre Bruce Highway, Rockhampton 4700 Phone: (07) 4936 1655 Freedom Fast Cats Cruises and trips to/from Great Keppel Island Pier One, Rosslyn Bay Harbour 4703 Phone: (07) 4933 6888
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