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SPOTLIGHT ON: TOOWOOMBA

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Renowned for its unparalleled beauty – including magnificent parks and gardens, provincial infrastructure, changing seasons and scenic views – as well as its delectable gourmet food and wine culture, the vibrant Toowoomba region is set for major growth in 2015.

Toowoomba was established as a thriving service centre to Australia’s second most productive agricultural region. Mayor Paul Antonia says his city is rapidly transforming into one of the nation’s most robust cities and will be an economic powerhouse in the years ahead.

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Economy

Situated a one and half hour drive from Brisbane, Toowoomba is one of Australia’s largest inland regional cities. With the broader population nearing 160,000, Toowoomba is undergoing an infrastructure injection on the grandest of scales with a planned development spend of more than $11 billion. This spend allows for:

• The Toowoomba Second Range - a bypass north of Toowoomba

• Other transport network upgrades

• Development of industrial accommodation

• Mining investments

• A major shopping centre developmentBrisbane West Wellcamp, a privately funded, jet capable airport which opened in November 2014 guarantees billions of dollars worth of investment and secures hundreds of local jobs for South-West Queensland. The country’s newest airport, set on over 300ha, features a 2.87kms runway capable of landing a Boeing 747 and has gladly welcomed Australia’s major airline – QANTAS to its home.

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In relation to land transport initiatives, Toowoomba Regional Council has advocated for a place on the Melbourne to Brisbane Inland Rail Project. The potential has been recognised and The Regional Council continues to advocate in favour of this development.

With $720 million in gross value agricultural production in 2012, Toowoomba and the Surat Basin region is positioned to develop relationships with Asian markets, in particular China, where demand for safe foods and tights supplies is on the increase.

Home and hardware giant, Bunnings, is set to invest $43 million to build a warehouse in the region and plans to employ 180 people once opened. An additional 380 jobs will be created during the construction phase.

Lifestyle and Events

As the second largest inland city in Australia and Queensland’s third most affordable region to live in, Toowoomba boasts strong levels of employment, affordable housing, excellent health facilities, exceptional educational opportunities and a strong safety culture. This has culminated in Toowoomba being named in the top five Most Family Friendly Cities in Australia two years in a row by Suncorp Bank’s Family Friendly Index.

The standout celebration in Toowoomba’s event calendar is the Carnival of Flowers, which is planned for September 2015. The city comes to life over 10 days in a riot of colour, festivity, food and entertainment, and attracts over 100,000 visitors to the region.

Coming soon however in May is the Hampton Festival which aims to foster a thriving farming culture in the ‘high country’ north of Toowoomba. The festival brings together local creative artists through an art exhibition. With fresh local produce, inspiring art and beautiful blues and roots music, there’s a lot to enjoy while you sample the festival’s extensive range of food and wine. Hampton Festival indulges all the senses.

Sport

For those more competitively oriented, the Hutchinson Builders Toowoomba International is a must for tennis lovers. Originally created to showcase the Toowoomba Regional Tennis Centre at the University of Southern Queensland, the International today draws players from all over the world, and offers a corporate challenge for local businesses. The International has also won awards for best tournaments in Queensland in 2013 and the Newcombe Medal for Most Outstanding Tournament in Australia.

If you are more geared toward golf, a vital city attraction is the annual Coca-Cola Queensland PGA hosted at Toowoomba’s City Golf Club.

In 2015, we see a Toowoomba that is thriving. As one of the fastest-growing regional towns in the country, Toowoomba represents a market that could drive a lot of business for your company.

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