Welcome to CQROC
The Central Queensland Regional Organisation of Councils (CQROC)
represents the local government areas of Banana, Central Highlands, Gladstone,
Livingstone, Rockhampton and Woorabinda.
Since 2014, its work has centred on enhancing the economic growth, social
capacity and environmental sustainability of the Central Queensland region.
Banana Shire is a shire of opportunity, a place ready to realise its potential. With abundant natural resources, significant natural areas, opportunities for increased tourism, diverse rural industries, a range of appealing housing options and communities with a cooperative spirit, Banana Shire anticipates a prosperous future.
Spanning almost 60,000 square kilometres, the region includes a significant portion of Australia’s largest coal reserve, the Bowen Basin, and is strategically located to service Australia’s newest mining province, the Galilee Basin. Sustained by irrigation sourced from water storage on the Nogoa and Comet Rivers, the Central Highlands is also characterised by thriving farming industries, including beef, cotton, grapes and citrus.
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.
Livingstone Shire Council encompasses 11,780 square kilometres which is 1.1% of Queensland. Our current population of 36,378 is projected to grow to 62,226 by 2031. The Livingstone Shire’s landscape is rich in diversity with expansive coastline, hinterland, national parks, rainforest and islands.
The Rockhampton Region is a local government area in Central Queensland, Australia, located on the Tropic of Capricorn about 600 kilometres north of Brisbane. Rockhampton is the region's major city; the region also includes the Fitzroy River, Mount Archer National Park and Berserker Range. Rockhampton is the heart of the Fitzroy Basin and is recognised as the beef capital of Australia with livestock production being dominated by beef cattle, currently numbering 3.2 million head in the Greater Rockhampton Region.
Woorabinda is located 170 kilometres west of Rockhampton on the traditional lands of the Wadja Wadja and Yungulu people. The Wadja Wadja people lived on the country between the Expedition Ranges and the Dawson River and for many thousands of years prior to the arrival of the first Europeans to the region, followed traditional patterns of hunting and gathering, fishing and trade. Woorabinda is an aboriginal word meaning kangaroo – sit down.