Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Don't Wait for Funding from Government

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Don't Wait for Funding from Government

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Aspire CQ

Warren Acutt

LANGKAWI, a small island off the coast of Malaysia, in 2002 built cable car infrastructure up one of its mountains.

This steep but scenic ride annually attracts around 1 million people.

Build it and they will come.

How many would a cable car up Mt Archer attract?

Last week I mentioned that Denis Wagner, a director of Wagner Corporation, is coming to Rockhampton for a business luncheon on August 29.

Wagner Corporation captured national media attention when building Australia's first public airport in more than 47 years on the outskirts of Toowoomba.

The construction time taken and the cost to complete were both surprisingly low to say the least. The reason for building it was to make their business park more attractive for businesses to set up there. The businesses came. Along with it more, easier, opportunities for local industries to move freight around Australia, and now into Asia.

What could we build in Central Queensland that would bring more people and opportunities?

A weir, ring-road, art gallery, flood levee bank, an airstrip, conference centre, even island resorts are all on the table along with other projects.

The spin-off benefits, the "theys" that will come, of these projects have all been discussed, some for a number of years.

What though could be built quickly, won't need government funding and with minimal red tape to deal with, that "they" will come to?

Which begs another question: who are they?

These are the types of questions hopefully Denis Wagner will inflame when he visits Rockhampton.

Wagner Corporation is arguably perceived as a doer. If they recognise a problem they do something about it, fund and build the infrastructure needed if necessary. Not just an airport, they built their own wharf at the Port of Brisbane because they wanted a more efficient way to get their cement products to offshore markets. …

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