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Rockhampton looking to attract more mining business

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Rockhampton Council wants a piece of the mining boom pie, telling resource companies it is open and willing for business.

Mayor Margaret Strelow says while Mackay and Gladstone are traditionally seen as mining hubs, Rockhampton has a lot to offer.

"I'm here to say Rockhampton has everything that anyone could want and we're more affordable,” Strelow said.

"We can put what we've got to offer on the table and I'm sure Mackay and Gladstone will continue to do that."

With close proximity resource rich areas in the Bowen and Galilee Basin, an airport and social support mechanisms Sterlow said Rockhampton Regional Council was keen to engage with the mining sector in order to spruik its wares.

"The level of engagement with the mining sector has definitely been deficient,” she said.

"I think there's a shift in the industry and I see it moving more towards our area."

While Rockhampton is better known for its beef industry, Strelow says servicing the mining industry will only be a benefit to the town.

"We're a long way from turning our back on the beef industry and we're very significant supporters of the industry,” Strelow explained.

"Rockhampton has a diverse economy and I don't see that that's going to be threatened any time soon."

The council also wants to attract and support a FIFO and DIDO workforce and has set up a steering committee to foster relationships with mining companies, develop marketing initiatives to attract families and show off companies who already operate in the area.

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