Toowoomba poised for major boom
TOOWOOMBA is on the cusp of becoming Australia's premier manufacturing and mining services hub with hundreds of millions of investment dollars earmarked for the city.
The jewel in the crown is the Charlton-Wellcamp Industrial Estate located 10 kilometres to the west of the city.
Spanning more than 1500ha, the estate is attracting some of the biggest companies from around Australia and the world that are all eager to call Toowoomba home.
Companies are clambering over themselves to get the best sites on the estate and the roll call reads like a who's who of the business world.
F.K. Gardner and Sons development manager Dallas Hunter said the message was simple but clear - Toowoomba was now open for business.
"There is no doubt that what is happening at Charlton-Wellcamp is by far the biggest business and investment development opportunity Toowoomba has seen for more than a decade," Mr Hunter said.
"The sheer scale is absolutely mind-blowing," he said.
F.K. Gardner and Sons own and operate Witmack Industrial Park which covers 80ha of the estate.
"We have been blown away by the response from companies that want to invest and base themselves here," Mr Hunter said.
"What initially started as a 10-year project for us will be achieved in less than two years.
"We already have two tenants in the construction phase with a further four well-known companies due to announce their plans within the coming weeks.
"We are in initial talks with an iconic multi-national company that, if successful, will place Toowoomba firmly on the map as the place to conduct business.
"We believe that over the next two years more than $250 million worth of investment will flow through Witmack Industrial Park," he said.
Mr Hunter said the level of interest shown in the Charlton-Wellcamp Industrial Estate by big business was staggering, especially from the manufacturing industry.
"One of the most pleasing aspects is that a good proportion of companies setting up here are large scale manufacturers," Mr Hunter said.
"That is unique given the state of the manufacturing industry elsewhere in the country.
"It is great to see the industry making a comeback and choosing to call Toowoomba home.
"If the investment continues at its current rate we are talking about more than 1000 new jobs within the next two years alone," he said.
Mr Hunter said the city's former reputation as a difficult place to do business was changing dramatically.
"Toowoomba is now being viewed by large scale national and international companies as a desirable place to invest," Mr Hunter said.
"I am extremely confident now that under the new Toowoomba Regional Council regime the investment dollars will flow into the city and the region like never before," he said.