CONSTRUCTION for a vital part of the Toowoomba Trade Gateway has been completed.

The Steger Road Infrastructure enabling project and the Toowoomba Enterprise Hub stimulus project have provided key transport and water links to what’s now known as the Toowoomba Trade Gateway.

This construction was completed with the help of funding from Rounds 1 and 2 of the Queensland government’s $365m Building our Regions program.

Queensland minister for state development, manufacturing, infrastructure and planning Cameron Dick said the projects had solidified Toowoomba’s place as one of Queensland’s most important transport, logistics and industrial hubs.

“We’ve made significant investment in Toowoomba Wellcamp Airport, the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing, and this $16.7m upgrade to the Toowoomba Trade Gateway, supported by more than $7.3m from BoR,” he said.

“Upgrades to roads, improvements to stormwater management and the extension of existing utilities networks have significantly increased transport accessibility to Toowoomba Trade Gateway’s northern precinct.”

Mr Dick said the completion of these upgrades highlights the importance of regional connectivity.

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Toowoomba Mayor Paul Antonio said BoR has been integral in providing necessary funding to support Toowoomba’s growing economy and surrounding air, rail and nearby Brisbane Ports infrastructure.

“The Toowoomba Trade Gateway provides a really bright future for us,” Mr Antonio said.

Over the first four funding rounds of BoR, Toowoomba Regional Council has received close to $23m for seven infrastructure projects. Expressions of interest for BoR Round 5 are now open, with $70m available to support local government infrastructure projects in regional communities.

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