Earthworks are underway for the new Regional Trade Distribution Centre (RTDC) at Toowoomba Wellcamp Airport, destined to become an export hub for Toowoomba and the surrounding region.

Wagner Corporation is constructing the 3,500sqm centre, with up to $10 million in funding support from the Queensland Government.

The Toowoomba RTDC is one of 2 new multimillion-dollar export hubs for Queensland announced by the state government in October 2019, with the other hub to be constructed at Cairns Airport.

The Toowoomba hub will comprise state-of-the-art cold and freezer rooms and temperature-controlled and ambient large transit areas.

The new facility will be used to export premium goods including beef, dairy products, fresh fruit and vegetables, pork and packaged nuts.

Minister for State Development Kate Jones said the hub would generate millions of dollars worth of business for local primary producers and exporters in the region as they recover from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

‘This will give our world-leading primary producers and exporters an edge, allowing them to return to international marketplaces that are keen to get as much of Queensland’s high-quality products as they can,’ Ms Jones said.

Principal Trade and Investment Officer for TIQ Ipswich Julie Mark said the facility was a vote of confidence for regional Queensland’s export capabilities.

‘Since exports commenced in 2016, Toowoomba Wellcamp Airport has demonstrated its ability to provide efficient freight services with quick turnarounds for exporters,’ Ms Mark said.

‘Flights like the new weekly Singapore Airlines freight service mean Queensland produce can be growing in a field one day and landing into a foreign market in as little as 24 hours.

‘The RTDC will enable Toowoomba Wellcamp Airport to expand its export capacity even further and TIQ looks forward to helping South East Queensland exporters access those new export opportunities.’

The RTDC is scheduled to be built within 10 months, subject to necessary approvals.

The two locations for the new centres were selected after a competitive process that saw communities across Queensland making business cases for why their region should be chosen.

Supporting Queensland exporters is a priority under the Queensland Trade and Investment Strategy 2017–2022.