NEW PARTNERSHIP: Western Downs Mayor Paul McVeigh with Toowoomba Surat Basin Enterprise supply chain general manager Reagan Parle. The council has struck a new partnership deal with TSBE to boost business confidence.
NEW PARTNERSHIP: Western Downs Mayor Paul McVeigh with Toowoomba Surat Basin Enterprise supply chain general manager Reagan Parle. The council has struck a new partnership deal with TSBE to boost business confidence. Contributed

Western Downs Council and TSBE strike new partnership

THE Western Downs Regional Council has revealed a new "strategic partnership" with industry lobby group Toowoomba and Surat Basin Enterprise, with a focus on strengthening business outlook and opportunities.

The council announced the deal late last week, as part of delivering the message that "the Western Downs is open for business".

Mayor Paul McVeigh said he hoped working closely with TSBE would inspire national attention for the region and showcase the best parts of it.

"Here in the Western Downs we are fortunate enough to be sitting on a diverse economy made up of not only agriculture and industry, but also resources and renewables, and having those four pillars as part of the economy is a huge boon for our region," he said.

"We are looking forward to creating an increased reach for both Council and TSBE by pooling our knowledge and resources to work together in this partnership."

TSBE Executive Chairman Shane Charles said the partnership would strengthen investment attraction, business interest and engagement, and supply chain servicing in the Western Downs.

"Conferences and networking events are a great way for current and potential businesses and players in the marketplace to understand the challenges and opportunities available, and we are working to create a dynamic offering that showcases the region's potential," he said.

"Mayor Paul McVeigh, CEO Ross Musgrove and the team of councillors have created an environment where new developers want to come to the region because of the ease of dealing with Council in the process from proposal to approval.

"New projects now know that the Western Downs has the unrivalled capability in the region to deliver big projects on time and on budget with many fantastically capable local contractors."


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