BSMQ delegation likes what they see in regional Queensland
TIQ’s Business and Skilled Migration Queensland (BSMQ) team supports economic growth by attracting successful international entrepreneurs to invest in Queensland. One of its major promotional activities during 2017–18 was a business migrant investor tour of the state in May 2018, designed to highlight Queensland’s diversified business opportunities, especially in regional areas.
A 22-person delegation – including business migration agents, consultants, and existing and prospective business migrants from China, Taiwan and Vietnam – took part in the program. As a result, business migrants are now looking to invest in the cattle industry, pork processing, prawn farming, investment-ready solar energy projects and tourism facilities in the Whitsunday region. The program started in TIQ’s head office in Brisbane with a welcome briefing, networking opportunities and presentations from TIQ’s Food and Agribusiness team, Meat & Livestock Australia, the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, Ernst & Young, Landmark Consulting Group and BSMQ.
The delegates then headed to Rockhampton where, with support from TIQ’s local staff, they attended Beef Australia 2018 and met Queensland beef and live cattle suppliers. The delegation also inspected business operations and associated export and investment opportunities at a solar farm, local tourist resort, cattle farm, horticultural farms, poultry egg farm, sea salt factory and port.
A dozen delegates then travelled north to Mackay and Airlie Beach to visit cattle farms, and to obtain insights into local industries and opportunities, including investment-ready projects in mining, retail, tourism and renewables. They were also briefed on the Mackay waterfront redevelopment plan and associated business opportunities in hotel or resort redevelopment.