Region Profile

Position

Toowoomba is one of Australia’s largest inland regional cities. Located in QLD’s south-east, only an hour and a half from Brisbane, Toowoomba is the commercial and economic hub of the Darling Downs, establishing itself as the service centre for the resource rich Surat Basin.

The surrounding region is the richest and most diversified home to an extensive range of agricultural commodities including grain, beef, cotton, eggs and horticulture, thus creating a natural food hub of agricultural and food products which is expected to grow as demand from Asia increases.

In addition, a large number of food manufacturing operations, of all sizes, are currently supplying both domestic and international export markets.

The recent completion of the major infrastructure project, the Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport, and the anticipated commencement of the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing and the Inland Rail Projects, will see the region become a logistics centre, alleviated from freight concerns that typically plague regional locations.

To this end, our region is ideally positioned to capitalise on:

  • Our geographic location
  • Infrastructure and resources
  • Strong, rich agricultural heritage
  • A range of diversified food businesses; and
  • Access to a leading regional university and research and development centres and institutes

Infrastructure

Toowoomba has recently experienced unprecedented private and government investment for major billion dollar infrastructure projects that will improve access to road, rail, air and port facilities. Developments include the recently opened, internationally-capable Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport, the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing, and the Melbourne to Brisbane Inland Rail Project (link to these fact sheets).

The development of major infrastructure, has been complimented by the creation of over 2,000 hectares of commercial industrial land with prime frontage to the Toowoomba Second Range crossing and the anticipated Inland Rail Project routes. The Toowoomba Enterprise Hub (link to fact sheet) encompasses Wellcamp Airport and Business Park, Interlink SQ and Witmack Industry Park, combining road, rail and air connectivity into one strategic location.

These key infrastructure additions will establish Toowoomba as the leading Inland Transport and Logistics Hub of Australia unlocking global export opportunities for food manufacturers and producers.

A strong agriculture supply chain has also provided a stable foundation for the agricultural production sector, with the region housing thriving professional services, machinery and technology, marketing and selling centres, processing and packing facilities as well as production input businesses backed by over 100 years of experience.

 

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