Nothing ignites the imagination like a rocket launch and the region could receive a huge boost if a site was built on the coast, which experts have flagged as a possible future home for the industry.
Nothing ignites the imagination like a rocket launch and the region could receive a huge boost if a site was built on the coast, which experts have flagged as a possible future home for the industry.

Cooloola Coast launch site could bring 45 jobs

BUILDING a $10 million reusable rocket launch site on the Cooloola Coast could help blast the region into the future, a report into the idea has revealed.

According to an economic impact model generated by Gympie Regional Council using data from the National Institute of Economic and Industry Research, the region's job numbers and economy would get a significant boost.

Based on data from the National Institute of Economic and Industry Research, the report says creating 30 jobs in the industry would generate another 15 jobs in the region, and a further 15 outside it.

Forty of those jobs would be filled by local residents.

The region's economic output would be boosted by $7.18 million, with $3.14 million in value-add tacked on.

 

The space industry could rocket the region into the future.
The space industry could rocket the region into the future. ESA/CNES/ARIANESPACE/S MARTIN

The region was flagged as a potential home for a launch site at a State Government inquiry into creating jobs last month.

University of Queensland Professor Michael Smart said the region had several appealing factors, including a latitude similar to Florida's Kennedy Space Centre, a safe launch path over the ocean, and airspace easily controlled thanks to the presence of the Tin Can Bay army base.

And while rockets might conjure images of a far flung future, Products For Industry special projects manager Nick Green said the industry was much closer than people think.

Mr Green, who told the October inquiry the region was "unique" and whose company was involved in Queensland's first commercial rocket launch near Goondiwindi last week, said there were likely to be about 20 launches in Australia next year.

"We're hitting the very last stages of what would be the first step," he said.

Employment was not the only industry to get a boost, either.

Mr Green said tourism would also win, with very few things sparking the imagination like a launch.

"The kids want to watch, and bring the parents along," he said.

"And then the parents fall in love.

"It turns into an event. You come for the rocket and stay for the environment."

Gympie Times


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