L-R Andrew Beaumont, Michelle Landry, Michale McCormack MP, and Grant Cassidy take a tour around the Empire as it nears completion in Rockhampton. Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin
L-R Andrew Beaumont, Michelle Landry, Michale McCormack MP, and Grant Cassidy take a tour around the Empire as it nears completion in Rockhampton. Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin Chris Ison

$50m Empire development revitalises Fitzroy River area

THE EMPIRE is serving up success in more ways than one.

The $50 million project has not only prompted the revitalisation of the riverbank but has also created hundreds of job opportunities in the region.

Federal Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry expressed her excitement for the opening of the Empire building next week and the future employment opportunities it will bring to the region.

"The Empire building is just a magnificent feature, with the three new restaurants and the accommodation above, there's 200 job opportunities available," she said.

"We have this magnificent asset here in this building but we also have the Fitzroy River and this is just a start of what we could actually do along this riverbank precinct and the job opportunities we could make available.

"This project has gone ahead so fast, it's injected millions of dollars into the local economy, it's employed hundreds and hundreds of people in the construction industry and then the hospitality industry once it's opened."

And the job boon is all thanks to the confidence of two local businessmen who invested in the development of the Empire on the riverfront all those years ago.

Local investor and part owner of the Empire building Andrew Beaumont said he was looking forward to the finished product of the facility after its three-year process.

"It's been in the making since mid-2011 so it's taken a few years but we're really happy with the outcome," he said.

"You don't often get local developers but my business partner and I don't see why you shouldn't invest here when there is so much potential. It's no secret people are drawn to riverfronts all over the world and the Empire will be no exception.

"This project is all about putting back into the local economy. We've had local builders, local trades and a huge amount of jobs available which is a lot for a small region."

The new riverfront restaurants will open to the public early next week and the hotel opening will follow two weeks after.



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