From the heights of Kroombit Tops in the west through to the deep coral lagoons of the Southern Great Barrier Reef, the Gladstone Region offers an enviable lifestyle with a strong and dynamic economy, employment opportunities and skilled workforce.
Located approximately 550 kilometres north of Brisbane and encompassing a total land area of 10,000 square kilometres, the Gladstone Region is a rapidly growing residential hotspot, with significant rural, residential, business and industrial development.
The Gladstone Region comprises the urban centres of Gladstone, Calliope, Boyne Island and Tannum Sands, plus the small towns of Agnes Water, Ambrose, Baffle Creek, Benaraby, Bororen, Builyan, Lowmead, Miriam Vale, Mount Larcom, Many Peaks, Nagoorin, Raglan, Rosedale, Seventeen Seventy, Targinnie, Turkey Beach, Ubobo and Yarwun. Many smaller localities also exist in between.
Within its boundaries are national parks, state forests, a pristine coastline, beaches, islands and major industry, including two of the world’s largest alumina refineries, an aluminium smelter, a power station, cement and chemical manufacturers and Queensland’s largest multi-commodity port, based on volume.
Additionally, the Gladstone State Development Area continues to attract large industry to the Region, including the construction of three Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) plants on Curtis Island in recent years. The Region also has a reputation for its tourism, agriculture, aquaculture and fishing.
A strong retail and service sector within the modern urbanised city of Gladstone, together with major industry, tourism and primary production, provide abundant choice for workers and opportunities for business people. Balanced with large areas of green open space, residents have a wide choice to explore and experience the great outdoors.
The Region is the gateway to the majestic Southern Great Barrier Reef, with access points for the iconic Heron and Wilson Islands. Day trips also depart from the Seventeen Seventy and Gladstone Marinas, allowing residents and visitors to visit some of the best parts of the Southern Great Barrier Reef. Agnes Water Beach is enticing for surfers, as it is the most northern surf beach on the east coast of Australia; and the Region’s principal water source, Lake Awoonga, is one of Australia’s premier freshwater fishing locations.
The Region boasts an ideal tropical climate, with average temperatures ranging from a moderate 18-20 degrees Celsius in winter and up to 27-29 degrees Celsius in summer, and an average annual rainfall of 967mm.
The Gladstone Region provides the population of approximately 65,000 people, 28,000 residential dwellings and an average household size of 2.65 people. With the rapid industrial expansion and increased employment opportunities in recent years, the Region has attracted many new residents from around Australia and overseas. An almost doubling of the Region’s population is projected by 2036, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
The Gladstone Region encompasses the cosmopolitan city of Gladstone, coastal communities of Boyne Island and Tannum Sands, Turkey Beach, Agnes Water and the township of Seventeen Seventy; and several key semi-rural townships, including Calliope, Mount Larcom and Miriam Vale.
Home to several beaches, islands, rivers and other waterways, the Region is known for its fishing and crabbing with sensational spots, such as Lake Awoonga, the Boyne and Calliope Rivers, and Curtis and Facing Islands in the Gladstone Harbour.
The Gladstone Region provides a plethora of places to fish all year round for the novice, fishing enthusiast or professional angler. Some locals believe Gladstone is one of the best places to fish in Australia. Locals and visitors alike rave about the many types of fish on offer and the accessibility of fishing spots.
The waters in and around Gladstone are a transitional zone where the warm waters of the tropical north meet the cool of the south. This means the area is a virtual seafood smorgasbord with the best species of the Region taking centre stage.
Campers, boaties and four-wheel-drive enthusiasts are spoilt for choice with national parks, islands, beaches, bush sites and water ways to discover and enjoy. Those waterways also provide plenty of opportunities for skiing, kayaking, rowing, outrigging, sailing and surfing.
Further inland, the Boyne Valley showcases some of the Region’s first settlements which date back to the 1870s when gold and copper put the Valley on the map. The Valley encompasses the small communities of Nagoorin, Ubobo and Builyan, all of which are dotted along the Boyne River, and Many Peaks.
Subsequent settlers pioneered industries such as cattle grazing, farm produce, dairying, and a thriving timber and saw milling industry, which still exist today.
The Gladstone region offers all levels of education from kindergarten through to tertiary education.
The Gladstone Region offers all levels of education from kindergarten through to tertiary education. A range of state and private schooling options are available. There are 29 early childhood services, including 33 public and private schools and the Gladstone Campus of CQUniversity at the scenic Gladstone Marina. The Region has a strong focus on apprenticeships and traineeships and is home to a range of training and skilling programs for secondary students, including the Education Queensland Industry Partnership (EQIP) Technical College Gladstone Region. These offer students authentic work-place learning combined with school education in areas of industry, services, trades and hospitality. Additionally, several schools offer a range of ‘excellence’ programs in all areas of academia – technology, sports and the arts.
It is estimated that 25,000 people work in the Gladstone Region. Two-thirds of the population is engaged in full-time employment, over one fifth in part-time employment while 4.5% are unemployed. Statistics show an unemployment rate of 3.5% in September 2014, down from 9.9% in 2000; 5.2% in 2011; and 4.9% in 2013.
With two of the world’s largest alumina refineries, Queensland’s largest multi commodity port and a number of other major industrial giants sited locally, the Gladstone Region is known for its employment opportunities and skilled workforce. The Gladstone State Development Area continues to attract large industry to the Region, including the Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) industry. A strong retail and service sector within the modern urbanised city of Gladstone, together with tourism and primary production (particularly beef cattle and timber), provide abundant choice for workers and opportunities for business people. The MEDIAN personal weekly income is $689; family income $1941 and household income $1742.
Employment by Industry
|Retail Trade||2,391 Gladstone|
|Professional, Scientific & Technical Services||1,898 Gladstone|
|Transport, Postal & Warehousing||1,860 Gladstone|
|Education & Training||1,679 Gladstone|
|Health Care & Social Assistance||1,595 Gladstone|
|Accommodation & Food Services||1,482 Gladstone|
|Public Administration & Safety||1,032 Gladstone|
|Other Services||838 Gladstone|
|Electricity, Gas, Water & Waste Services||657 Gladstone|
|Wholesale Trade||638 Gladstone|
|Administrative & Support Services||540 Gladstone|
|Rental, Hiring & Real Estate Services||489 Gladstone|
|Agriculture, Forestry & Fishing||368 Gladstone|
|Financial & Insurance Services||283 Gladstone|
|Arts & Recreation Services||112 Gladstone|
|Information Media & Telecommunications||84 Gladstone|
Source: Latest REMPLAN data incorporating Australian Bureau of Statistics’ (ABS)
June 2014 Gross State Product, 2009 / 2010 National Input Output Tables and 2011 Census Place of Work Employment Data.
Major industry in Gladstone is supported by the Region’s thriving and world-class engineering, construction and manufacturing sectors. The traditional agricultural base in cattle, farming and horticultural production contributes $78.9 million annually and continues to underpin the Region’s economic base. The tourism sector generates over $266 million annually and the value of regional exports generated by the Gladstone economy is estimated at $6.594 billion.
|Manufacturing||$4,321.172 M||$173,195.243 M|
|Construction||$795.740 M||$24,952.219 M|
|Mining||$480.296 M||$179,932.470 M|
|Transport, Postal & Warehousing||$372.026 M||$32,713.280 M|
|Electricity, Gas, Water & Waste Services||$330.951 M||$7,312.516 M|
|Professional, Scientific & Technical Services||$65.844 M||$6,750.447 M|
|Accommodation & Food Services||$62.604 M||$11,792.148 M|
|Rental, Hiring & Real Estate Services||$54.638 M||$2,858.443 M|
|Agriculture, Forestry & Fishing||$41.474 M||$8,568.549 M|
|Wholesale Trade||$19.917 M||$15,746.569 M|
|Education & Training||$17.608 M||$8,939.978 M|
|Other Services||$13.856 M||$209.014 M|
|Retail Trade||$7.489 M||$3,564.124 M|
|Administrative & Support Services||$3.503 M||$3,776.354 M|
|Health Care & Social Assistance||$2.598 M||$609.402 M|
|Information Media & Telecommunications||$1.418 M||$6,222.613 M|
|Financial & Insurance Services||$1.393 M||$6,762.620 M|
|Arts & Recreation Services||$0.664 M||$1,202.990 M|
|Public Administration & Safety||$0.331 M||$615.127 M|
|Total||$6,593.523 M||$495,724.104 M|
Gross Regional Product
Gladstone’s Gross Regional Product is estimated at $4.350 billion.
|GRP Expenditure Method||Gladstone|
|Household Consumption||$2,304.866 M|
|Government Consumption||$726.157 M|
|Private Gross Fixed Capital Expenditure||$847.951 M|
|Public Gross Fixed Capital Expenditure||$248.301 M|
|Gross Regional Expenses||$4,127.275 M|
|plus Regional Exports||$6,691.428 M|
|minus Domestic Imports||-$5,477.265 M|
|minus Overseas Imports||-$991.756 M|
|Per Capita GRP||$75,134|
|Per Worker GRP||$179,243|
Definition: GRP is the net measure of wealth generated by the region.
Source: Latest REMPLAN data incorporating Australian Bureau of Statistics ABS)
June 2014 Gross State Product, 2009 / 2010 National Input Output Tables and 2011 Census Place of Work Employment Data
Private transport is the primary mode of transport in the Gladstone Region. The Region is also serviced by a modern airport in Gladstone with reputable carriers, taxi services, train and bus services. Bus and ferry transport are provided to industry and construction workers needing to access operational sites and key projects. Private ferry and boat services cater to residents and visitors needing access to local island communities and tourist destinations. A range of hire car companies also service the Region.
The Gladstone Region offers a mix of residential and rural residential living. Being a part of the wider resources hub in Central Queensland, the Region’s housing market moves in cycles based on industrial development and associated population growth. The property market spiked between 2010 and 2013, driven by the on-set of several construction projects including the LNG plants and the Wiggins Island Coal Exporters Terminal.
With peak construction workforces winding down on key projects, the market began to adjust to the decrease in demand accordingly in 2014. From less than 1% vacancy rates for rental properties in 2012, the REIQ reported in September 2014 that the Region’s rental market remained in oversupply, particularly in the unit market, and rents have remained low with tenants spoilt for choice.
The REIQ expect property prices to remain stable throughout 2015. Median weekly rent is $300 and median monthly mortgage repayments $2000. More than three quarters of households are family households with just under one fifth being single households. The median house price in the Gladstone Local Government Area (LGA) is $395,000 compared with $560,000 in the Brisbane LGA (Source: Australian Property Monitors Home Price Guide 2014).
Health Services and Aged Care
The Gladstone Region is serviced by two well-equipped hospitals (one public and one private) and the multi-disciplined Gladstone GP Super Clinic. There is a range of medical centres, medical specialists and both public and private health services. The Region is also well serviced by dentists, orthodontists and allied health professionals. Queensland Community Health offers several services including child health and mental health care. There are nine aged care facilities throughout the Region and several retirement villages. Organisations such as Blue Care, OzCare and Anglicare provide a range of health support services throughout the Region.
There are nine police stations, six ambulance stations and five fire stations throughout the Region, and several rural fire brigade services.
The yearly events calendar is brimming to overflowing in all corners of the Gladstone Region. The biggest community events each year include the week-long Gladstone Harbour Festival, Gladstone Multicultural Festival, Agnes Water Blues and Roots Festival, the Captain Cook 1770 Festival, EcoFest and Gladstone and Mount Larcom Shows. Major industrial operations also stage various community events including family fun days and informative tours.
The Region also plays host to one of the biggest fishing competitions each June, the Boyne-Tannum Hook-Up, which attracts more than 3000 entries including many from around the country. Industry and business events, art exhibitions, eisteddfods, professional rodeos, concerts, theatre, sporting competitions, charity fundraisers, and markets all complete the busy calendar.