CQ should be thinking big - CQ Today

When Australia was created in 1901, Rockhampton was the third biggest city in Queensland - 4 per cent of Queenslanders lived here. Today we are just the 8th biggest town and less than two per cent of Queenslanders live here.

We should have a much larger population in Central Queensland given our abundant natural resources. The mighty Fitzroy River is the second largest water catchment on our east coast, behind only the Murray-Darling.

Yet there is just one major dam in it (the Fairbairn at Emerald). The coal and gas resources inland of Rockhampton are some of the richest in the world yet most of the royalties from there ends up building rail lines and tunnels in Brisbane.

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