Supported by the Queensland Government; the Bundaberg, Fraser Coast and Gympie Regional Councils; and AIEMnet (Australian Industry Engineering and Manufacturing Network); the Transport Equipment Manufacturing Wide Bay Burnett Group (TEM WBB Group) exhibited at the 2010 International Truck, Trailer & Equipment Show to demonstrate the capability and capacity to accommodate the growing number of transport equipment manufacturers in the Wide Bay Burnett region.
Through TEM WBB Group’s Centres of Enterprise initiative, it aims to bring the region onto the world stage and enable it to be recognised as the ideal place for business and investment.
Just two hours north of Brisbane from the southern most part of the region, Wide Bay Burnett is best known for the Fraser Coast, Great Barrier Reef and Bundaberg. As well as being a popular tourist destination, Wide Bay Burnett is home to many established transport equipment manufacturing businesses including J. Smith & Sons, Transpacific Superior Pak, Bozmac, AWD Engineering and AZMEB Global Trailers.
Those employed by transport equipment manufacturers in the Wide Bay Burnett region possess a wide variety of capabilities including cutting, welding, machining, fabrication, finishing, designing and assembly.
The Wide Bay Burnett is comprised of Bundaberg, Hervey Bay, Maryborough and Gympie. Located at the southern tip of the Great Barrier Reef, Bundaberg is a four hour drive or 50 minute flight from Brisbane and has a population of 90,000. Forming the Fraser Coast, Maryborough is located on the Bruce Highway, a three hour drive from Brisbane; while Hervey Bay is situated on the Queensland coast, 35 kilometres north east of Maryborough. The Fraser Coast is one of the fastest growing regions in Queensland and Australia, with a regional population of 92,500. With a regional population of 43,986, Gympie is even closer to Brisbane. Located only 160km from the state’s capital, Gympie is a short 50 minute drive away.
Recognised by the Queensland Government as an area for transport equipment manufacturing excellence, the Wide Bay Burnett has a strong historical association with engineering and manufacturing equipment for road and rail transport. During the 1870s, the manufacture of locomotives began in the region. Today this tradition has continued, with the manufacture of rail transport equipment, commercial trucks and trailers, and the provision of engineering and maintenance services.
A unique advantage offered by the region is the available industrial sites with direct rail access; whilst highly developed, regionally based supply chains; and road, rail, air and sea transport infrastructure continue to support established businesses within the region.
Being a dynamic, low cost business environment, Wide Bay Burnett offers an ideal platform for growth. In fact, the economic growth rate within the region has been consistently higher than the national average, with more new businesses establishing themselves and many expanding or relocating existing businesses to this manufacturing hub. The TEM WBB Group seeks to build on the region’s existing strengths which cover location, cost, climate and a well developed infrastructure.
As part of the TEM WBB Group’s Centres of Enterprise, transport equipment manufacturers and supply chain firms have joined forces to establish a collaborative reference group to be used as a guide for the industry. Supported by the Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation (DEEDI), they have established a regional brand and have begun promoting the region to other parts of the country in order to market products and attract new business into Queensland’s premier transport hub, the Wide Bay Burnett region.
Why relocate to the Wide Bay Burnett region?
- Supportive regional councils
- Co-operative industry network
- State government recognised area for transport equipment manufacturing excellence
- Well developed, fully serviced industrial precincts available in all major centres
- Thriving industry base
- Direct daily flights to Brisbane and Sydney
- Excellent education and training facilities including CQ University Bundaberg Campus and USQ Fraser Coast Hervey Bay Campus
- Proximity to Brisbane International Airport and sea ports
- Ideal weather conditions and a friendly atmosphere
- Significantly lower cost base than metropolitan centres