Future looking bright as Southern Downs’ economy continues to grow

The future of the Southern Downs is looking bright with the region continuing to welcome new investment and industry in 2019.

Southern 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 activity.

Lendlease will 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.

Several existing local businesses will expand their facilities and operations, including Killarney Memorial Aged Care, John Dee, Grove Juice and Integria Healthcare.

Corson Grain 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.

Cr Dobie 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.

“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.

“Council is 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.

“Council is 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.”

Cr Dobie said Council’s new planning scheme will be key to achieving population growth and the region’s long-term economic development.
“Our new 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.

“In the 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.”

For more 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 visit sdrc.qld.gov.au or like us on Facebook!