At the heart of the Gladstone Region is the city of Gladstone. Gladstone is home to several of Australia’s most significant industries including a world-class alumina refinery and aluminium smelter, Queensland’s biggest power station, Australia’s largest cement operation and most recently, the development of three CSG-LNG processing and export plants.
The region also includes the townships of Calliope, Miriam Vale and Mount Larcom and enviable coastal towns of Boyne Island, Tannum Sands and the pristine and historically significant townships of Seven Seventy and Agnes Water. Villages and communities within the region also include Ambrose, Baffle Creek, Benaraby, Bororen, Bracewell, Builyan, Lowmead, Many Peaks, Nagoorin, Raglan, Rosedale, Ubobo and Yarwun.
In 2012-13 the region experienced the fastest population growth compared to any other Local Government Area (LGA) in regional Queensland. Overall, the region ranked 4th in population growth behind Townsville, Cairns and Mackay for the same period. This trend is expected to continue at an average annual growth rate of 3% (over the next 5 years) as more and more people move to the region for the lifestyle and economic opportunities.