Future looking bright as Southern Downs' economy continues to grow
of the Southern Downs is looking bright with the region continuing to welcome
new investment and industry in 2019.
Downs Regional Mayor, Tracy Dobie said a number of exciting projects in the
Southern Downs were due to commence or be completed, creating employment
opportunities, encouraging population growth and stimulating strong economic
begin constructing the University of Queensland’s Warwick Solar Farm early this
year, bringing 100 jobs to the region. The region’s agriculture and transport
industries will also receive a major boost with Watco Transportation Services due
to begin its grain haulage service in the Southern Downs.
existing local businesses will expand their facilities and operations,
including Killarney Memorial Aged Care, John Dee, Grove Juice and Integria
is also scheduled to complete the upgrade of its Defiance Maize mill in Warwick,
while JVY Group will begin constructing a new retirement and lifestyle village
in Stanthorpe this year.
said providing secure, quality infrastructure and attracting new residents will
help form the economic base that is vital for existing business to expand and
to lure new businesses to the region.
is now ready to build upon Council’s improved financial position with
additional cash reserves allowing the completion of important Capital Works
projects,” Cr Dobie said.
“Council has spent the last few years working
to ensure we are in the financial position to upgrade or build new
infrastructure and improve the liveability of our region.
Cr Dobie said
the economic outlook and future of the Southern Downs was looking bright.
working closely with industry leaders both within and outside the region to
invest in the Southern Downs by establishing new businesses, expanding existing
ones and creating more job opportunities,” she said.
in talks with a number of businesses looking to expand into the Southern Downs
and is also working to expand the Stanthorpe Industrial Estate to attract new
industries to the region.
“One of our
biggest priorities is upgrading our ageing infrastructure and to grow the
population to service new business and investment in the Southern Downs now and
into the future.”
said Council’s new planning scheme will be key to achieving population growth
and the region’s long-term economic development.
planning scheme will outline policies and provisions for the use and
development of land and give a clear plan for guiding and fostering development
in our region,” Cr Dobie said.
coming year we will be seeking input and ideas from the community along with
our business and industry sectors on how we can improve the scheme and plan for
the sustained growth of the Southern Downs.”
information on how the region’s economy is set to grow head to the Invest Southern Downs website. To stay up-to-date with all the latest Council news
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