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Why Choose the Western Downs

Why choose the Western Downs for your new business venture?

Conveniently located two hours north west of Brisbane, the Western Downs is the perfect region for business development with strengths in construction, professional and technical services, electricity, gas, water, health care and social services. The region offers a diverse economy underpinned by agriculture, mining and manufacturing and is at the forefront of technological innovation which ensures that this modern economy is adaptive to change.

As a strategic and responsive local government, Council is enabling outcomes in economic and social development and is committed to ensuring that there is confidence in the economy. With investment opportunities arising, the Western Downs is open for business!


  • Continued economic growth with ‘Aldi’ and ‘Bunnings Warehouse’ announced to open in the region
  • Commencement of Council’s retail audit of major towns, starting with Dalby (view Dalby’s retail prospectus)
  • Approval of four large scale renewable energy facilities enhancing the Western Downs as the energy Capital of Queensland (including solar, wind and ethanol facilities)
  • Prioritised health and human services as health precincts have been identified in the Western Downs Planning Scheme allowing elderly throughout the region to ‘Age in Place’
  • Production of pigs, sorghum, wheat, oats, barley and mungbeans boosting the Western Downs as one of the largest agricultural sectors in Queensland
  • Magnified international export opportunities with local growers applying world first technology to a resilient, modern and cutting edge agricultural sector
  • Connection of high quality education to training and employment options (lowest unemployment rate in the state at 3.6%)
  • Advancement of innovation, industry and science as the region is named ‘Home of the Drones’ after hosting Australia’s largest industry Drone Forum

Download the Western Downs Prospectus outlining the features of our strong and diverse economy and the benefits of starting your business in the Western Downs.