Federal funds to deliver on future?
JOBS and growth is what a Coalition Government promises to deliver and that is seemingly exactly what the Southern Downs needs.
Though our unemployment rate is lower than Brisbane’s, the emphasis on infrastructure projects bringing business opportunities to Warwick and the region has been a major talking point in the lead-up to the election.
Seeing small local businesses close their doors is the unfortunate evidence of this urgent requirement.
There is no doubt the council wants to draw all it can from federal funding support to drive the region forward.
The potential for the inland rail to edge past Warwick has been a particular focus since the Federal Government announced it would commit more than $590million to the next stage of the project.
While the railway could help bolster the Southern Downs as southern Queensland’s food bowl, there is a question as to what it might take away from the freight businesses that call the Rose City home.
It seems like it could be a balancing act to support existing businesses while charging forward with major infrastructure projects.
Though it might be a shared goal, will jobs and growth in Warwick be achieved so easily after all?
Sophie Lester, Reporter