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The good times are coming

ON THE UP: Pete Walsh believes there is positive period on the horizon for Dalby businesses.
ON THE UP: Pete Walsh believes there is positive period on the horizon for Dalby businesses. Michael Doyle

IN THE shadows of heartache for two large Dalby companies, there is a positive period around the corner according to a local business owner.

Pete Walsh, who owns Walsh and Ford, believes Dalby is on the verge of a "purple patch” for business, and this is evident in many firms beginning to reinvest in he region.

Mr Walsh's company (the oldest manufacturing business on the Western Downs) completed renovation this year to its facilities and only Dalby businesses were hired to complete the job (with the exception of installing solar panels).

He said the renewable energy boom and the 27-year gas deal struck last week provides Dalby businesses an opportunity to flourish.

"Dalby has always been a fantastic bastion of blue collar workers,” Mr Walsh said.

"When you see local businesses who have been around and integral to the community for long periods of time reinvest in their infrastructure, facilities and their capacity for more employment, it is a good sign.”

Mr Walsh said the business community in the region had taken a confidence hit after the fall of Ozcon Industries and Ostwald Bros however it was not doom and gloom.

He believes business is about to go through its best period since the decline of the mining boom at the beginning of the decade.

"We have had the ugly side of things, with large hits to certain industries, but we are now seeing areas, particularly the traditional agriculture areas flourishing,” he said.

Mr Walsh said the Dalby region had an opportunity to influence Australia's rural sector, citing the renewable energy sector and new free-trade agreements as avenues to explore.

Topics:  dalby dalby business pete walsh walsh and ford


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