Toowoomba Region Mayor Paul Antonio has said the announcement that QantasLink is the first major carrier to commit to flights from the Brisbane West-Wellcamp airport would provide yet another launching pad for the future prosperity of the region.
“Regular services from Toowoomba will take our city to the world,” Cr Antonio said. “The nation’s major carrier committing its resources to this airport is a major vote of confidence in the region and its future. Qantas being on board is a clear indication of the confidence in this area as a regional business and leisure tourism market.
Cr Antonio said the signing of Qantas was just not a coup for Toowoomba, but for the wider region. “The Darling Downs has so much to offer. This airport will be a catalyst for further growth in the region and will redefine our region in terms of being a destination for business and tourism,” he said. There is more than $11 billion dollars being spent in infrastructure development across the Toowoomba Council footprint at present.
“Toowoomba is in a growth surge like no other in the city’s history. Projects like the airport will continue to generate growth and business and fan further investment. “The focus for Council must be the continued planning for our future to ensure that essential infrastructure is in place to deal with the growth that these major projects will bring to the city.
“We are very aware that the population of Toowoomba is set to double over the next 18 years due to our diverse, economic base including agriculture, the Surat Basin Energy province and Toowoomba’s role as a key service industry centre for Southern Queensland.”
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