Economic Development

Count the Reasons to call the Southern Downs "Home" A Snapshot of our Region

Queensland’s Southern Downs Region has excellent opportunities for growth and investment in horticulture, agriculture, commerce, manufacturing and tourism. These industries are already flourishing, and the Southern Down’s quality infrastructure means there is ample room for new developments.

The Gross Regional Product of the Southern Downs Region is estimated to reach $1400 million by 2010. Based around the main centres of Warwick and Stanthorpe, there are over 16,000 residents currently in the workforce. These residents worked in the estimated 3,700 business within the Region.

The majority of Southern Downs businesses are classified as small to medium enterprises (SME’s) and cover a wide range of industry types. Given the rural location of the Region, almost 50% of businesses are involved in primary production, followed by construction (10%), retail (9%) and property and business services (8.7%).

The population of the Southern Downs Region has increased over the past 5 years at an annual average rate of 1.4%.  This rate is above the national average for inland regions not affected by the current resources boom. Population increase has been brought about partly by the “tree change” phenomenon, and partly by the affordability of high quality housing - currently averaging 40% less than Brisbane prices.

Stanthorpe and Warwick have Industrial Estates with easy B-double access to major highways in close proximity to the CBD.  New developments planned for release in the next 2 years will provide more high quality, fully serviced industrial land in both Stanthorpe and Warwick.

The Southern Downs Region offers: 

  • Abundant land resources
  • Established industrial, agricultural and commercial infrastructure and services 
  • Excellent access to Australia's major population centres 
  • Extensive road, rail and air transport systems 
  • A committed, stable workforce 
  • High quality education and training facilities 
  • A relaxed, friendly environment with all of the lifestyle benefits of a large, modern city.

The region has repeatedly recorded the lowest cost of living in Queensland. Coupled with reasonable land prices and economic building costs, it all adds up to a winning edge to help your business get started.

For more information about the opportunities within the Southern Downs Region contact Council’s Economic Development Officers:
Or make an appointment to discuss how we can help you achieve your goals:

Warwick Council Offices Stanthorpe Council Offices
64 Fitzroy Street
Warwick QLD 4370

1300 697 372
61 Marsh Street
Stanthorpe QLD 4380

1300 697 372


Reports & Resources

  Horticultural Production is Queensland's Southern Downs Region
  Motorsport Opportunities Brochure
   Economic Development Strategy 2010 - 2015
  AECgroup Research & Analysis for Industrial Development
  SDRC Aerodromes
  Southern Downs Region - Facts & Figures