Economic Development in focus on the Southern Downs

The Southern Downs Regional Council hosted a two-day forum for economic development professionals from across Southern Queensland from March 16-17.

The forum was facilitated by the Department of State Development (DSD Darling Downs and South West) and had some world class speakers including Professor Jim Cavaye from the University of Southern Queensland’s Institute of Resilient Regions and representatives from Food Leaders Australia and DSD Darling Downs and South West.

The forum attracted 30 participants, who have travelled from the Gold Coast, Toowoomba, Roma, Goondiwindi, Charleville and Thargomindah.

Mayor Tracy Dobie said, “We are pleased to be hosting forums like this on the Southern Downs. We have great facilities, accommodation and services to make these events memorable.”

“The Southern Downs is targeting more small and medium corporate events to add to our tourism economy. We have significant occupancy levels on the weekends and events like this help to increase occupancy during the week,” Cr Dobie added.

“Economic development is focused on attracting new investment, new jobs and new residents. This forum has been a great learning experience for our staff as well as the other participants. It is good to know that the work we’re doing here is as good as anywhere,” Deputy Mayor Jo McNally said.

“Our Economic Development Unit is working hard to bring new investment to the Southern Downs. Darwalla’s announcement of a new chicken hatchery this week is an example of the Southern Downs’ proactive economic development work,” added Cr McNally.

The forum finished at midday today, which offered some of the participants the opportunity to take advantage of some of the other attractions on the Southern Downs over the weekend.

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