Queensland Minister for State Development Kate Jones
Early Works Take Off On Toowoomba’s New Regional Trade Centre
Victor P Taffa
Minister for State Development Kate Jones has today announced the Wagner Corporation has finalised details ahead of construction on the Regional Trade Distribution Centre (RTDC) being delivered by the Palaszczuk Government at Toowoomba Wellcamp Airport.
Minister Jones said the project would provide an immediate boost to businesses in Toowoomba with initial earthworks to start immediately.
“We’re working hard to fast-track projects that will get our economy moving again.” Minister Jones said.
“Earthworks will start immediately. This means jobs for local construction workers and contracts for suppliers.”
Today’s announcement comes after the government announced up to $10 Million to support a regional trade hub, focusing on exports, for Toowoomba and the Darling Downs.
“This hub will generate millions of dollars’ worth of business for local companies particularly primary producers and exporters in the region.” Minister Jones said.
“We know that businesses are taking a hit due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We want to get this hub up and running as soon as possible and the Wagners agree.”
“Wagner Corporation has submitted its development application for the 3,500 sqm RTDC facility to Toowoomba Regional Council and to provide work continuity to its staff, the company is getting a head start on the initial bulk earthworks at the airport.” Minister Jones said.
“This will give our world-leading primary producers and exporters an edge, allowing them to return to international marketplaces that are keen to get as much of Queensland’s high-quality products as they can.”
Minister Jones said following all the necessary approvals, the RTDC was scheduled to be built within 10 months.
“That means jobs on-site, jobs through the supply chain and more jobs with our primary producers and exporters.” Minister Jones said.
Last October, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced Toowoomba Wellcamp Airport as one of two successful tenderers vying to develop a multi-million-dollar regional export hub.
Expansion will comprise state-of-the-art large cold and freezer rooms and both temperature-controlled and ambient large transit areas.
New facility will be used to export premium goods including, but not limited to, beef, dairy products, fresh fruit and vegetables, pork and packaged nuts.
Wagner Corporation Chairman John Wagner said as a proud Toowoomba-based company they were delighted to be working with the Queensland Government on such a first-class export facility and promoting the growth of Australian exports and jobs.
“We offer a very efficient cargo service and it’s about quick access and quick turnarounds.” Mr. Wagner said.
“Wellcamp’s international freighter operations began in late 2016 and are showing year-on-year growth for both inbound and outbound volumes.”
“Growth includes major defence support and a focus on perishable products to Asia and the Middle East which we expect to return to normal post-COVID-19.” Mr. Wagner said.