COMPETITVE ADVANTAGE

The region boasts extensive land capacity to accommodate future, large-scale industries and is underpinned by well- recognised transportation and logistics infrastructure. Various competitive advantages unique to the Gladstone Region make it the logical choice for establishing and growing local, national and internationally significant investments.

Established Infrastructure

The Port of Gladstone is Queensland’s largest multi-commodity and a jewel in the Gladstone Region’s crown. Ideally situated within a natural deep-water harbour the port is also a strategic gateway to global markets. The Gladstone Ports Corporation (GPC) oversees operations of cargo handling facilities that export resources from Central Queensland and the import of raw materials. GPC also owns and operates the RG Tanna Coal Terminal – the 4th largest coal export terminal in the World. Over 97 million tonnes of import and export cargo came through the Port of Gladstone in 2013/14.

The Gladstone Airport is one of three strategic airports in Central Queensland. Aviation services primarily include business and leisure travellers and freight operations with main carriers Qantaslink and Virgin Australia. Direct flights to Queensland’s capital, Brisbane is one hour south with connecting services to other regional centres including Cairns, Mackay, Rockhampton, and Townsville. The Gladstone Airport is located approximately 6km from the city centre.

The Gladstone Region plays a big part in the export coal rail network, specifically the Blackwater and Moura rail systems, privately owned and operated by Aurizon Limited. The Blackwater and Moura systems form the Capricornia Coal Chain transporting coal for export through the Port of Gladstone (RG Tanna, Barney Point and Wiggin Island Coal Export Terminals) as well as servicing a number of domestic users within region including the Gladstone Power Station, Cement Australia, Rio Tinto Alcan and Queensland Alumina Limited.

Passenger rail travel to and from the Gladstone Region is operated by Queensland Rail Travel through the Spirit of Queensland, Tilt Train and Spirit of the Outback rail services.

Development Land

The Gladstone State Development Area (GSDA) is approximately 29,000 hectares of undeveloped land ideal for large-scale industries. With access to Queensland’s national highway, rail, port and maritime facilities, the GSDA is suited to:

  • Industries necessary to support major industrial development
  • LNG processing, storage, transportation and export
  • Material transportation infrastructure
  • Utility and service infrastructure

Located 15km northwest of the city of Gladstone, the GSDA dwarfs any other industrial land precincts in Queensland.

Nationally recognised University

Central Queensland University is Australia’s largest regional university. The Gladstone Region proudly boasts two campuses (Gladstone City and Gladstone Marina) and is home to CQUniversity’s Engineering and Environmental Management Complex devoted to research and training.

Robust Supply Chain and Skilled Workforce

The Gladstone Region has a diverse supply chain in the engineering, advanced manufacturing, construction and maintenance services for major industry in Central Queensland. With such industrial capabilities, the region is home to a highly skilled workforce.

Diverse Industrial Assets

The Gladstone Region is home to a wide variety of refining, chemical and mining industries which utilise raw materials from the region and across Australia. Major companies that operate within the Gladstone Region includes:

  • Queensland Curtis LNG (QCLNG)
  • Santos GLNG
  • Australia Pacific LNG (APLNG)
  • Rio Tinto Alcan Yarwun
  • Queensland Alumina Ltd
  • Boyne Smelter Ltd
  • Cement Australia Ltd
  • Orica Australia Pty Ltd
  • Queensland Energy Resources (QER)
  • Northern Oil Refinery – a Southern Oil and JJ Richards and Sons joint venture.
  • NRG Gladstone Power Station – Queensland’s largest coal-fired power station
  • Gladstone Area Water Board (GAWB)
  • CS Energy
  • Queensland Gas Pipeline – owned and operated by Jemena