Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Five Businesses Riding the Wave of Construction; Figures That Showed More Than 150 Bankruptcies Last Year Left Residents Nervous but Reporter Charlotte Lam Speaks with Big City Companies Changing the Region

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Five Businesses Riding the Wave of Construction; Figures That Showed More Than 150 Bankruptcies Last Year Left Residents Nervous but Reporter Charlotte Lam Speaks with Big City Companies Changing the Region

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DESPITE the downturn in mining, Toowoomba is experiencing one of its biggest construction booms in decades.

With cranes in the skyline and heavy machinery a regular sight on our roads, it is hard to be doubtful that things are not going ahead in the Garden City.

Here are five major Toowoomba companies that are riding the construction wave.

Wagners

THERE is no denying that construction materials and mining services company Wagners is one of the major companies to fly the flag for progress in Toowoomba.

In 2014 it built the first greenfield public airport in Australia now known as Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport and Business Park.

Plans will soon be submitted to Toowoomba Regional Council for a 4000sq m transport and warehouse depot - the latest addition to the business park.

It comes after Schlumberger, the world's largest oilfield services company, opened in the park, creating about 100 jobs for the region.

Developer Denis Wagner said the community should not underestimate development in Toowoomba.

"There's a lot of interest in the business park now from aviation industries, industries that without an airport wouldn't even consider Toowoomba as an option, and a couple of these interests will come to fruition in the next 12 months," he said.

Mr Wagner said future airport developments would mean "jobs, jobs, jobs" for residents.

"If we can get one 747 (cargo) freight aircraft in per day that will generate 1052 jobs locally (and) we expect two more (airline) services per week to start later this year," he said.

However Mr Wagner emphasised the importance of keeping work within the region.

"Large projects in town haven't necessarily met their obligations to employ locals. It should be an obligation to use local companies. In my view there is a responsibility on federal and state governments to support genuine Australian companies," he said.

For job opportunities visit wagners.com.au or wellcamp.com.au

McNab

THE year is shaping up to being one of the "best years in the company's history" for building construction and civil company McNab, according to marketing and sales manger Steve Kelk.

Mr Kelk said the company entered the year on a high, coming off a strong 2015.

"A number of years ago we put in place some specific strategies that would see us continue to grow in the event of a mining or gas downturn, and we're seeing positive results from this approach," he said.

"Locally, there has been a substantial increase in projects getting the green light. Not only is this positive for Toowoomba, for a company operating all throughout Queensland, it's been great to see our staff working on major construction projects in their home town again."

McNab will be continue to employ new staff throughout the year, visit www. …

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