Responsible Agency: Department of Innovation and Tourism Industry Development
Proposal Stage of Development: Preliminary business case
Building Queensland Role: Assist


Great Keppel Island remains an underutilised state tourism asset that is unlikely to reach its potential without addressing some of the fundamental inhibitors for development investment. Specifically, businesses on Great Keppel Island operate without the trunk infrastructure needed to provide affordable and sustainable power and water supplies to underpin sustainable business environments.

Great Keppel Island has significant untapped potential to generate major growth in international and domestic visitor numbers to the Capricorn Coast and Rockhampton Region. The realisation of this potential will create direct and indirect employment opportunities on both the Capricorn Coast and in Rockhampton while providing a major and on-going economic driver for the broader region.


The project involves the installation of approximately 13.5 kilometres of power, water and telecommunications infrastructure via submarine connections from Emu Park across Keppel Bay to Great Keppel Island. The project scope also includes the supply and installation of supporting infrastructure including on-island reticulation, pumping stations, substations and a reservoir.