The Southern Downs continues to enjoy strong economic growth and business activity, bolstered by increased building construction across the region.
Industrial Estates in both Warwick and Stanthorpe are expanding due to the continuing strong interest from a range of business interests wishing to expand or establish on the Southern Downs. Business activity and the interest in quality industrial land have prompted Council to release more property in prime locations to the business sector.
Southern Downs Region has excellent opportunities for growth and investment in horticulture, agriculture, commerce, manufacturing and tourism.
These industries are already flourishing, and the Southern Down’s quality infrastructure means there is ample room for new developments.
The majority of Southern Downs businesses are classified as small to medium enterprises (SME’s) and cover a wide range of industry types.
Given the rural location of the Region, almost 50% of businesses are involved in primary production, followed by construction (10%), retail (9%) and property and business services (8.7%).