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7 Sep 2013
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Gladstone was founded in 1963 by William Ewart Gladstone and is situated approximately 550kms by road north of Brisbane and 100kms south-east of Rockhampton. 

During 1925, Gladstone bagan its first coal export overseas. In 1967, the city's first alumina refinery was established. In 1976, Australia's forth largest power station was constructed to power the emerging industry and in 1994 saw the opening of the Gladsotne Central Queensland University Campus.

Gladstone is a rapaidly growing industrial city on the central Queensland coast and since 2008, has seen an impact in demographic change. The Labor Government contributed $5.5 million to upgrade the terminal at Gladstone Airport to support the region's rapid population growth and industrial expansion. The population of Gladstone as at 30th June 2012 was 61,170. With almost one million passengers expected to be using Gladstone Airport by 2030, the facility needed to expand. This also means the sports clubs operating next door will need to find alternate premises for the start of 2014 season.

Funds have been committed to improving roads around Gladstone to help ease traffic congestion from the ever increasing population. $100,0000 was received to help ease one of the cities busy intersections on Glenlyon Road and $150 million towards the Calliope intersections which links the Bruce Highway, Calliope and Gladstone.

All of Gladstone's fresh water is supplied from Awoonga Dam on the Boyne River, the region's major water source. The dam was raised from 30m to 40m between 2000-20002 almost tripling its storage capacity to 777,000ml. Between 1996 and 2003, Gladstone region experienced its worst drought on record. During this time water restrictions were imposed for the first time. The prolonged period of low rainfall over the Boyne River catchment also had the effect of reducing the quantity of water assessed to be available from Awoonga Dam each year. 

Gladstone has 18 major projects valued at over $100 billion dollars. Three of these projects employ over 8200 workers in Gladstone. Many of these employees are fly-in fly-out and camped in the mining camps on Curtis Island. These projects make today the busiest economic period in the city's history.

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