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city and region (2016 pop. 79,726), Queensland, E Australia, on the Fitzroy River. It is a rail center and, with its port at Port Alma, the principal trade center for the pastoral and mining regions of central Queensland. The chief exports are wool, meat, and other farm products; copper and gold are also exported. There are cotton gins in the city and, in winter, a tourist trade. Rockhampton was founded in 1858. In 2008 the city was amalgamated with three neighboring shires to form the region of Rockhampton; one of the shires was later (2014) separated.
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a city in eastern Australia, in Queensland. Population, 49,800 (1972). A port on the Pacific Ocean at the mouth of the Fitzroy River, Rockhampton exports gold, coal, copper ore concentrates, and agricultural products. The city is also a railroad junction. Rockhampton has a slaughterhouse and a refrigeration plant, and there are cotton-ginning and chemical industries. Equipment for the mining and food-processing industries is manufactured. Rockhampton is the center of an agricultural region, where cattle, cotton, and sugarcane are raised. Coal and copper ore are mined nearby.

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a port in Australia, in E Queensland on the Fitzroy River. Pop.: 59 475 (2001)
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The volume of traffic flows that were affected by road closures to the south and west of Rockhampton have been assessed for both passenger and freight vehicles in three separate groups (Table 5), drawing on AECOM (2010), CTEDL (2010) and data provided by the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads.
Acting Defence Minister Warren Snowdon said a C-130 military cargo plane would fly to a town north of Rockhampton today carrying food, medical supplies and other items that would then be taken to the stricken city in lorries.
She said the five-seat helicopter was on its way to Rockhampton Hospital when the crash occurred.
Police in the flood-affected areas of Rockhampton have been patrolling in boats around the clock to make sure looters stay away from abandoned homes.
Together with changes to Jetstar's operations, QantasLink's new schedule will increase Qantas Group capacity to Mackay and Rockhampton by over 2,000 seats weekly.
The swollen Fitzroy River was expected to reach the second-highest level on record Wednesday in the largest affected community of Rockhampton before finally beginning to subside.
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Authorities warned residents of the coastal city of Rockhampton in Queensland after reports of saltwater crocodiles in the Fitzroy River and unusually high numbers of snakes.

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