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EOIs sought for Rockhampton railyards tenancy

The rejuvenation of Queensland’s historic Rockhampton railyards will take another step forward later this month when an Expression of Interest (EOI) to shortlist potential tenants is launched.

The EOI will commence on Wednesday, July 20 at an industry briefing and is underpinned by a vision to create a hub for rail supply chain manufacturing right in the heart of Rockhampton.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the EOI would provide a unique opportunity for established manufacturing businesses – or those growing their capability – to be a foundation member of the precinct.

“Our government’s Rail Revolution is delivering jobs all over Queensland and now it’s Rockhampton’s turn,” she said.

“The rejuvenation of the Rockhampton railyards will generate significant local opportunities, driving business growth and jobs.

“Critically, we want the railyards to become part of the supply chain for the Queensland Government’s $7.1 billion Queensland-made Train Manufacturing Program.”

Member for Rockhampton Barry O’Rourke said the government wanted to hear from businesses that can help us achieve the vision of a rail supply chain manufacturing hub.

“The rejuvenation will provide the local community and industry with an opportunity to work together to help restore the site to its full potential,” he said.

“The railyards include a variety of unique spaces such as the sheds, warehouses, office space and of course the iconic heritage-listed Roundhouse.

“The Roundhouse is a unique structure that can provide a range of opportunities, including hospitality and tourism offerings.

“We also want to hear from or restaurant or micro brewing entrepreneurs who can help to activate the site and show off what Rocky has to offer.”

Transport and Main Roads minister Mark Bailey said EOI applicants would be required to respond to criteria which include site activation, connection with the industrial precinct, community benefit and commercial.

“Understanding how industry would like to use the site is the first step. From there we plan to undertake consultation in 2023 to seek feedback on how parts of the precinct can be rejuvenated for broader public use,” he said.

The EOI industry briefing will be held from 9am to 10.30am at the Rockhampton Leagues Club on July 20 with the EOI to close on August 5.