Open for Business - Toowoomba Wellcamp Trade Distribution Centre
The sky’s the limit for Queensland’s primary producers, with the official opening of the $17.8 million Regional Trade Distribution Centre at Toowoomba’s Wellcamp airport today.
Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development Steven Miles said the Toowoomba Wellcamp Regional Trade Distribution Centre (RTDC) is set to supercharge regional producers’ access to key international markets.
“The RTDC is streamlining the paddock-to-freight process for graziers and growers throughout the Toowoomba and Downs regions,” the Deputy Premier said.
“Premium Queensland fresh food such as beef, fruit and vegetables can now be airfreighted into markets all over the world, faster and fresher than ever before.
“This project has already delivered a fantastic boost for the local businesses in Toowoomba, having supported 170 workers during construction, with more jobs to be created at the facility and throughout the supply chain."
Treasurer and Minister for Investment Cameron Dick said strengthening regional businesses is a key element of the Palaszczuk Government’s COVID-19 Economic Recovery Plan.
“The Palaszczuk Government is proud to have nurtured this project through a $10 million investment as part of the $175 million Jobs and Regional Growth Fund,” the Treasurer said.
“We’re driving the next phase of economic growth by unlocking private sector investment, which is the critical element to job creation in the Queensland economy.
“Queensland exports support 20 per cent of Queensland jobs and 25 per cent of regional jobs.
“Queensland’s overseas exports of goods and services are forecast to rebound by 9.75 per cent in 2021-22.”
Wagner Corporation Chairman John Wagner said the was proud to have worked with the Queensland Government on a world-class facility growing Queensland exports and jobs.
“The RTDC adds a new dimension to Wellcamp’s existing international freight operations and will bring enormous benefits to local producers and businesses,” Mr Wagner said.
“The RTDC is regional Queensland’s largest fresh food exporting hub with a gross floor area of 4,000 square metres. Included is 1,500 square metres of state-of-the-art refrigerated storage, freezer rooms and temperature-controlled transit areas as well as large transit and covered external storage areas.
“The project supported 170 jobs during construction and will support ongoing operational jobs, both at the facility and throughout the supply chain.”
Toowoomba Wellcamp is the first of two Queensland RTDCs with another under development at the Cairns International Airport.