Manufacturing is an integral part of not just the Gympie economy but Australia wide. It is also central to innovation, accounting for over one quarter of all business expenditure. Gympie Regional Council is committed to building a strong and diverse regional economy which is just one of the many reasons why investing in the Gympie region makes sound business sense. Our region is experiencing growth in major infrastructure projects and has a strong manufacturing, agri-business, tourism, transport business and professional service business base.
The Gympie region is home to some of Australia's market leaders in the manufacturing industry with a number of major operations located in the region, producing a diverse range of goods and services including heavy equipment for the mining, agricultural and transport industries; and major timber processing and value-adding operations. Heavy manufacturing businesses are capitalising on opportunities to supply products and services to an ever growing resources sector while maintaining their location in a region offering affordable land and cost of labour, while service based businesses are exploring new boundaries in innovation and creativity. These companies and other successful regional employers are living testament to the benefits of operating in the region. Its strong economy, efficient transport network, ready supply of raw materials, stable workforce and competitively priced industrial land provide the opportunity for expansion and diversification in a wide range of manufacturing sectors.
The long standing Gympie Region Lean Manufacturing Network is testament to the commitment of these regional manufacturers to excellence in products and processes to produce them. Already the largest component of the regional economy, manufacturing is set for further growth due to the Gympie region's natural competitive advantages.
- Competitively priced industrial land and lower costs of production
- Access to a skilled and experienced regional manufacturing workforce
- A strong transport network to provide goods to market - room to expand in the future
- Sound infrastructure including reliable power and water supply
- Access to raw materials.
- Further development of manufacturing linked to natural resources in the region (for example primary production, mining and forestry).
- Clustering with existing manufacturing organisations.
- Capitalising on a long history of successful manufacturing in the Gympie region
- Accessing land with lower acquisition and operating costs than equivalent industrial land in adjoining SEQ locations.
- Capacity to plan for the future knowing that you have room to grow for the next 20 to 50 years.