PREVIOUSLY within this column, I have highlighted some of the exciting opportunities that are arising throughout our region.
These include a greater demand for our dairy products through the Toowoomba Premium Milk facility, access to new markets through Cathy Pacific's regular scheduled freight service into Toowoomba's Wellcamp Airport and the increased connectivity for our more regional locations through private telecommunications companies like Marsh IT.
These significant opportunities, however, won't deliver their full potential if we do not continually work to support businesses and allow them to invest with confidence, therefore taking advantage of this enabling infrastructure.
As a community, we need to ensure that when businesses invest in our region, we give them all the assistance available to ensure they succeed, therefore employing more people and delivering economic prosperity to our region.
But what does this support actually look like?
Within our region we have been blessed with significant private investments, including the Wagner family's Wellcamp Airport and FKG's Pulse Data Centre and Tech Park, however, we now need to see State and Federal governments take the lead and ensure the momentum built through this private investment is maintained.
This could be in the form of business relocation assistance, resources to drive export opportunities, such as Toowoomba-based customs and AQIS facilities, or continued investment in key linkage infrastructure such as the recently announced projects on the Mundubbera-Durong Rd.
This will now see north and south Burnett producers have better access to the inland port here in Toowoomba.
We need to ensure the food and agribusiness communities are across the details of the opportunities available and are working collaboratively to maximise the outcome for all parties.
This means sharing best practices, looking at each other's supply chains and looking for efficiencies - ideally turning one business's waste into another's input.
For example, one waste product out of Stage Two of the Toowoomba Premium Milk plant will be pure, distilled water from the drying process.
Linking this with other food producers who need this quality of water will reduce costs for each business and provide investment certainty to both parties.
At FLA, we will be increasing the amount of business to business communication through small group functions.
Our aim is to also improve the capability of our businesses through the Emerging Exporters Program, supported by QGC, and the Advancing Regional Innovation Program, supported by the State Government.
We ask our representatives continue to look for more ways to keep the momentum going.
Let's work together to ensure this region continues to lead regional development.
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