The Maranoa region is a dynamic and vibrant regional community situated approximately 480 kilometres west of Brisbane, in the South West of Queensland.From a proud history built around agriculture and mining, the region continues to grow and prosper today. The Maranoa region's abundant natural resource assets and diversified stable industry base has resulted in continued growth and development enabling the region to meet local and global economic challenges.; With the coal seam gas extraction industry anticipating sustained growth for the next thirty to forty years, the Maranoa region's future is extremely positive.
My Maranoa Business and the New ‘Local’ Rating
Over the past few months, Council has been working to develop ‘My Maranoa Business’ – a program to encourage competitive local business in the region.
This program includes the addition of a 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 star rating to demonstrate how 'truly local' a business is.
While this rating will assist Council in the tendering processes, it will also provide businesses with a valuable point of difference in their marketing.
As this logo will soon be available to appear on local business’ promotional materials, Council is keen to select the one that is preferred in the business community.
Key Industry Sectors
The Maranoa region has a long established grazing industry and is the location of Australia's largest cattle selling complex. The facility achieved a record sale of 409 000 head of cattle in 2008, with a total value of over $237 million, and it is anticipated that new records will be reached with the expansion of an additional 60 yarding pens.
The region also has a sheep flock of approximately 150 000 for wool and fat lamb production. In addition to the grazing industry, grain and cereal cropping is also prominent in the region.
Currently, the Maranoa region is the scene of massive expansion in coal seam gas exploration and mining. Thousands of coal seam gas wells are to be drilled in the region over the next twenty years. Several major energy companies currently operating in the region include:
- Origin Energy.
- BG Gas.
- Sunshine Gas Ltd.
Given the region's unique assets and competitive advantages, there are specific investment opportunities available to businesses now, including (but not limited to):
- Development of local mining services sector;
- Capitalisation of tourism opportunities and markets;
- Potential for further horticultural development;
- Residential housing development
- Medical, dental and allied health services;
- Potential expansion of Cypress industry.
For further information on economic development and investment opportunities, visit the Invest Maranoa website or contact Council's Business Development Facilitator, Ryan Gittins, on 1300 007 662 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.