EARTHWORKS are said to be underway for the new Regional Trade Distribution Centre at Toowoomba Wellcamp Airport.
Wagner Corporation is building the 3,500sqm centre, with more than $10m in funding from the Queensland government.
The Toowoomba RTDC is one of 2 new multimillion-dollar export hubs for Queensland announced by the state government in October last year, with the other hub to be at Cairns Airport.
The Toowoomba hub is to comprise modern cold and freezer rooms and temperature-controlled and ambient large transit areas.
State development minister Kate Jones said the hub would generate millions of dollars’ worth of business.
“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,” Ms Jones said.
Principal trade and investment officer for TIQ Ipswich Julie Mark said the facility was a vote of confidence for regional Queensland’s export capabilities.
“Since exports commenced in 2016, Toowoomba Wellcamp Airport has demonstrated its ability to provide efficient freight services with quick turnarounds for exporters,” Ms Mark said.
“The RTDC will enable Toowoomba Wellcamp Airport to expand its export capacity even further and TIQ looks forward to helping South East Queensland exporters access those new export opportunities.”
The RTDC is set to be built within 10 months, subject to approvals.