The Southern Downs has been the focus of significant commercial and government investment in recent years. The Southern Downs offers investors the opportunity to be a part of this growth during an exciting time for the region.
$9.3 billion Inland Rail development
$125 million construction of Terrain Solar and University of Queensland solar farm, Freestone which will also create 100 jobs
$15 million John Dee expansion as well as Gina Rinehart’s recent purchase of Warwick’s Maydan feedlot as part of Hancock Prospecting’s pursuit of investment in the cattle industry
Macintyre Wind Farm near construction begins with the privately owned facility, with an estimated spend in the region of around $500 million during construction. The project will create 400 jobs aswell as trigger the local economy. The wind farm – just out of Warwick – is set to be one of the largest onshore wind farms in the southern hemisphere, and will be operational by 2024.
$350 000 Wildlife and Habitat Bushfire Recovery Program.
$1 million to improve the region’s water infrastructure and supply in 2020.
$32 million dollar expansion of the Churches of Christ Regency Park Facility which will add 140 jobs
Killarney Memorial Aged Care expansion delivering 30 new beds, undercover parking and upgrades to the lounge, kitchen, dining and laundry facilities. On completion, the facility will boast a permanent purpose-built GP clinic and allied health facilities
JVY Group will begin constructing a new retirement and lifestyle village in Stanthorpe this year. Once completed, the facility will have 75 free standing homes and several duplexes
Expansion of Grove Juice Warwick which will add 30 jobs
$6.6 million water trunk main construction at Storm King Dam, Stanthorpe
Integria backs Warwick as one of its major production sites and commits $7 million to a new state-of-the-art production facility, adding to the company’s $21 million investment to its current Warwick process and packaging facility.
Major rail service company Watco Transportation Services investing in Southern Downs establishing a rail-based transport facility in Warwick. Watco began operating from the Warwick Railyards in the first quarter of 2019, employing up to 20 people
$42.18 million Council approved Capital Works Program marked for community infrastructure.
Council commits to improvement of infrastructure plans to develop Warwick and Stanthorpe Aerodromes.
Major new residential developments across the region including Aleva Estate, Griffith Estate, Sovereign Downs estate
Emu Swamp Dam Project (Granite Belt Irrigation Project) approved with conditions and will be an $84 million investment in a 12, 074 megalitre irrigation dam and water-supply scheme on the Severn River. The project will create 250 – 700 jobs
Council approved development application for an Elbow Valley beef cattle feedlot to boost production from 2400 cattle units to 9400 units that will result in a world class feedlot facility
New contract awarded for landfill management to improve environmental impact and management of Warwick landfill.
Melbourne based company Pelligra purchased major distribution centre in Warwick, to relocate in 2023.
Recently completed projects
$40 million expansion of Rose City Shoppingworld, Warwick
$40 million new Bunnings Warehouse, Warwick
$750,000 extension of the Stanthorpe Industrial Estate
$22 million construction of Darwalla Group chicken hatchery, Allora
Defiance/Corson Mills completed the upgrade of their milling facility which increased onsite storage capacity in June 2019
ABC Toilet Tissue Paper Manufacturing will add 20 jobs – On hold
$307 000 Learn to Ride facility for children.
$18.8 million was spent for local roads and bridges across 2018/19
Development of a Urban Design Framework for Leyburn. Frameworks have already been completed for Wallangarra and Maryvale
$5 million Warwick Industrial Estate water recycling pipeline, generating 19 jobs during construction, an estimated $6.3 million boost to the region and supplying Class A recycled water to users at all times.
There are a number of other businesses that Council is working with that will diversify the economy and create new employment opportunities for new and existing residents of the Southern Downs
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Get in touch with Southern Downs Regional Council today to discuss establishing or relocating your business.