Investment Opportunities

Please select from the following industries to explore development and investment opportunities in the Western Downs:

Agriculture | Energy | Manufacturing | RetailHealth | Tourism | Transport & Logistics

Agriculture

Agriculture is at the heart of the Western Downs economy and not just because it employs the largest Western Downs workforce.

In fact, agriculture from the Western Downs earns its place as Queensland’s largest producer of pigs, sorghum, wheat, oats, barley and mung beans.

Agriculture is a founding pillar of our economy and continues to hold its place with a longstanding reputation for being resilient, sustainable and modern.

It’s no coincidence the industry is thriving, given the fact the Western Downs holds some of Queensland’s most productive and resource rich soils to support broad acre farming and livestock production.

In fact, more than 50% of the agricultural land in the region is classified as strategic cropping land.

Beyond crops, the Western Downs’ beef production is the largest economic contributor to the agricultural sector, with almost one-quarter of Queensland’s beef producing properties located in the Western Downs.

The numbers reflect this – each year approximately 200,000 cattle are sold through the Dalby Regional Saleyards, making it the largest same-day prime and store cattle yards in Australia.

Agriculture is accessible with the Western Downs thanks to a road, rail and air network, which enables connectivity to both domestic and international markets, agricultural machinery, supplies and support services.

Council have identified the following opportunities for for further investigation:

  • Abattoir
  • Agricultural support services
  • Aquaponics
  • Drone services
  • Poultry farm
  • Advanced manufacturing
  • Agri-tourism
  • Cannery
  • Export
  • Value-add products

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Energy

The Western Downs is proudly trademarked the Energy Capital of Queensland, with coal, gas, solar and wind operations in region.

We’re committed to doing things differently – Dalby leads the way with Australia’s first grain-to-ethanol facility established in 2008.

Our energy sector has an exciting future ahead with the Dalby Bio-Refinery ethanol plant, which has been given the green light to expand its production.

What’s fuelling the energy sector’s growth is the combination of the Western Downs’ geography and environmental conditions, along with existing transmission infrastructure. This has meant there are opportunities for energy providers to interstate connectors and transmission lines.

As a result, the region is a prime destination for renewable energy (specifically solar and wind farms), and has seen the development and construction of several solar farms. The expansion continues with the Coopers Gap Wind Farm in progress and the Dulacca Renewable Energy Project on the horizon.

Australia’s demand for energy is being met by the Western Downs’ supply and continued growth has prompted another wave of development and expansion of existing projects throughout the region.

To ensure a prosperous future in energy, Council has identified the following areas worthy of further investigation:

  • ARENA funding support for research and demonstration projects
  • Biogas and Biofuel projects, including the development of partnerships
  • Gas exploration and expansion
  • Battery storage
  • Further power generation
  • Renewable energy farms

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Manufacturing

Where there is energy and agriculture in abundance, there is demand for manufacturing. So it goes without saying an innovative manufacturing industry is alive and well in the Western Downs.

The region’s geographic location, positioned at the centre of a comprehensive transport network, enables great connectivity to markets, supplies and support services

Combine this with export opportunities thanks to Queensland’s only dedicated 747-8F International Freighter Service (ex Toowoomba Wellcamp Airport) and the 2019 Toowoomba Second Range Crossing, which will provide direct access to the Port of Brisbane, and you can see why.

Throw into the decision-mix the fact industrial land is both available and affordable, it makes the decision for manufacturing companies to relocate and establish in our region an easy one.

Council have identified the following opportunities worthy of further investigation:

  • Advanced manufacturing
  • Custom manufacturing (fabrication)
  • Food product manufacturing
  • Advanced renewable energy component manufacturing value add
  • Drones value add
  • Research & development facilities

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Retail

If you’re one for a spending-spree, beware – the shopping is good in the Western Downs. You’ll find shopping centres, cute boutiques tucked away behind tree-lined streets and speciality stores with street frontage.

It’s not just small retailers making the move west – the recent opening of Bunnings Warehouse and Aldi Supermarket in Dalby demonstrate continued retail growth within the community.

These flagship stores not only serve the Western Downs communities but service the western market incorporating Maranoa and Balonne regions, supporting a movement towards seeing the Western Downs as retail destinations for the west.

The retail experience in the Western Downs has a hospitality scene to match, with quaint eateries that turn up the country charm with some of the best cooking this side of the Great Dividing Range.

With a growing population, the Western Downs has potential for further development in the retail sector, with the opportunity for new businesses to take on affordable, prime real estate sites.

We have identified the following opportunities worthy of further investigation:

  • Big Box retailers
  • Franchises
  • National retail chains
  • Start-ups and entrepreneurship
  • Boutique specialty stores
  • Identifying public/private partnerships
  • Pop-up shops
  • Transition from homebased business to shop front

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Health

Access to health services is an essential component of any thriving community.

Western Downs Regional Council believes in developing a region where residents can age in place, rather than leave their hometowns to access primary health care services.

To support its vision, Western Downs Regional Council partners with aged care and retirement facilities, together with supporting health services and allied services.

There is demand for expansion of health services in the region and opportunities for further investment in both allied and primary health care service. We believe the Western Downs is well positioned to attract quality health service providers.

To ensure this can be realised, the Western Downs Planning Scheme has identified health precincts to allow for the co-location of public and private health infrastructure.

Council has identified the following opportunities worthy of further investigation:

  • After hours GP services
  • Drug and alcohol services
  • Exercise physiologists
  • NDIS support services
  • Allied health
  • Early intervention
  • Government Health Agencies
  • Retirement villages/aged care facilities

Tourism

The Western Downs is a gateway to Outback Australia, promising a delightful cocktail of country and city life.

Growing the drive tourism industry makes sense, when the Western Downs is strategically located at the intersection of two major state highways and traversed by three long-haul drive touring routes.

Have you considered the Western Downs as a weekend escape? When travelling from Brisbane, you’ll arrive in our region faster than a trip to Byron Bay.

If travelling from Brisbane, it’s faster for visitors to reach the Western Downs than Byron Bay, providing opportunities to market the Western Downs as a weekend escape from Brisbane.

Natural assets and diverse landscapes are what draw visitors to the Western Downs, with the promise of ancient pines at the Bunya Mountains, state forests, national parks, a major river system, fossils and plenty of open spaces to choose your own adventure.

Visitors are guaranteed an authentic taste of country culture, best explored through one of the diverse events across the region.

The Western Downs Regional Council has identified the following opportunities for the tourism industry focused on short break, events, short and long-haul drives and business events.

For more information, visit www.westerndownsqueensland.com.au.

Transport & Logistics

Accessibility is no barrier to the Western Downs. You’ll find the region 45 minutes west of Toowoomba and less than three hours from the Sunshine State’s capital, Brisbane.

All roads lead to the Western Downs, or at least the Leichhardt, Moonie and Warrego Highways all do, providing a valuable road connection from the region south to NSW, west to Outback Australia and North through Central Queensland.

Driving to the Western Downs is soon to be a lot easier, with the introduction of the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing, set to open late 2019.

The bypass will give businesses unprecedented access to the Port of Brisbane along with Toowoomba Wellcamp Airport.

You can ride the rails to the Western Downs too, with Queensland Rail’s Westlander service providing connections to both domestic and international markets from the region.

With such vibrant and strong agriculture and energy industries within the Western Downs, there’s opportunities for transport and logistics companies to connect consumers with suppliers across multiple industries like cropping, livestock, quarries and energy.

Affordable industrial and residential real estate (in comparison to major centres) also mean the Western Downs promises business relocation and establishment opportunities.

Council has identified the following opportunities to enhance further regional growth:

  • Haulage company relocation
  • Large fuel depot
  • Truck stop
  • Interstate markets
  • Master planned transport hub
  • Truck support services – tyres, servicing and fabrication