In 2013, Regional Development Australian Fitzroy and Central West undertook a study to identify exactly what was produced in Central Queensland in relation to food and fibre and what happened to the produce after it left the “farm”.
The purpose of this initiative was to help raise awareness of Central Queensland as a resource region – to ensure that ‘resource’ is not simply synonymous with ‘coal production’ but also to agriculture supply.
The original document has been updated to reflect changes over the last five years.
The document explores the areas of food and fibre production in the Central Queensland region with emphasis on the following areas:
» Location of supply
» Number of producers
» Production by volume
» Gross value, land holdings and weight of commodities
» Supply chain and networks
» Sales destinations (including exports)
This report is a synopsis of published and unpublished data relating to food and fibre industries with the Central Queensland region and its related food chain routes.
In this document, the Central West region data for Agricultural Commodities includes the Statistical Area Level 2s of Barcaldine – Blackall, Far Central West and Longreach. The Far Central West SA2 includes the local government areas of Barcoo, Boulia, Diamantina and Winton. Boulia (S) is not part of Regional Development Australia Fitzroy and Central West but is part of the Far Central West SA2, the smallest area for which Agricultural Commodities data are reported by the ABS.
Australia has an ageing population (15% in 2016 were 65 years or older), and by 2055 this proportion will increase to 22.9%. This presents both challenges and opportunities. It increases demand for primary health, aged care services and long-term care, requires a larger and better-trained workforce, and intensifies the need for environments and infrastructure to be age-friendly. It also has implications for the nature and quality of services and will affect economic output and governments’ budgets.
A variety of issues are likely to affect older Australians in the future:
- falling rates of home ownership and rising rental prices
- scarcity of community housing and lack of affordable downsizing options
- increasing numbers of older Australians retiring with a mortgage
- housing not suitable for the needs of older people
- inadequate supplies of suitable housing in their current community for older people to downsize.
RDAFCW engaged the services of Indigo Gold Pty Ltd to undertake a research paper to investigate solutions to meet the needs and wants of our ageing population in an economically sustainable manner. Read the full report here.
The Capricornia Business Dashboard initiative was to research and analyse the challenges and opportunities faced by small and medium enterprises located in the Capricornia Region (Rockhampton Regional Council and Livingstone Shire Council). The key stakeholders partnering this project were – Regional Development Australia Fitzroy and Central West; CQUniversity; Capricornia Chamber of Commerce; and Queensland Government – Department of State Development, Infrastructure and Planning.
In Anti-Poverty Week 2014 this short report by RDAFCW committee member Sandy Paton aims to provide a brief snapshot of the impact of this “hidden poverty” being experienced by many people in the RDAFCW area.
The Regional Development Australia Fitzroy and Central West (RDAFCW) ‘Regional Roadmap’ provides a snapshot of the region and offers a description of the economic and social diversity of Fitzroy and the Central West regions individually.