Toowoomba and Cairns have been selected as the two regional sites for a multimillion-dollar investment to boost jobs on the Darling Downs and North Queensland and enhance the region’s reputation as an agricultural export hot spot.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced on Wednesday 30th October, 2019, that Wagners Group Holdings had been selected to construct a Regional Trade Distribution Centre (RTDC) at the Toowoomba Wellcamp Airport, and Air Freight Handling Services (AFHS) will establish the centre in Cairns.
“This will supercharge rapid airfreight access for agricultural producers,” the Premier said. “It means graziers and growers will have easier access to export markets and that means jobs.
State Development Minister Cameron Dick said the RTDC on the Darling Downs would enhance productivity and capitalise on Queensland’s global reputation as a leader in the production and processing of quality agricultural produce.
Mr Dick said Wagners planned to expand an existing distribution centre at the Toowoomba Wellcamp Airport, adding 3000 square metres to the facility. “The expansion will comprise four state-of-the-art large cold rooms, a temperature-controlled store room, a store room and an external storage area,” he said.
Mr Dick also said that the Cairns centre would boost access to markets in Asia, Europe and other global markets for Queensland’s primary producers.
“As well as creating jobs, the centre will allow North Queensland’s fruit and seafood industries along with a range of other industries improved access to international markets which, in turn will have a flow-on benefit to regional communities,” he said.