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Toowoomba is taking off quite literally. Just a bit of info especially for those living in the West of Brisbane, sick of the high parking costs at Brisbane Airport. http://www.thechronicle.com.au/news/bypass-to-bring-air-travellers/2156758/#.UuxdduNLq0E.facebook

 

http://www.thechronicle.com.au/news/global-aviation-company-touches-down-toowoomba/2153753/#.UuhKpXKBl_8.facebook

 

For those who no nothing about the story of Well Camp Airport it makes interesting reading http://www.wellcamp.com.au

 

Toowoomba might also be a sound investment for those interested in Real Estate. (no i am definately not an agent)

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It will certainly be a time to snap up property out that way whilst it is still reasonable. Having this airport will change so many peoples minds about living 'further out' and i think it will grow in size pretty quickly.

 

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Hi Cal

 

I just am amazed but what the Wagners have done. The new pass runs almost past the gate of the new airport. Opens up so many options for people working at the Surat Basin. When you look at the video of the new by pass you can see just how much land is out there, now only a short drive from Toowoomba. No more taking your life in your hands to drive to Brisbane Air Port.

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I'm certainly glad that someone is developing inland rather than just adding another suburb to the metropolis.

 

But I can't help thinking that too much expectation is put upon infrastructure projects. An airport in Toowoomba will be about as useful as an airport in Sunshine Coast, or Hervey Bay. It's nice to have, but it's not going to revolutionize the place. Neither is the long-awaited train link to Redcliffe.

 

To get economic growth you need to have industry. I wouldn't bank on some kind of Kevin Costner "If you build it they will come" style changes.

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I'm certainly glad that someone is developing inland rather than just adding another suburb to the metropolis.

 

But I can't help thinking that too much expectation is put upon infrastructure projects. An airport in Toowoomba will be about as useful as an airport in Sunshine Coast, or Hervey Bay. It's nice to have, but it's not going to revolutionize the place. Neither is the long-awaited train link to Redcliffe.

 

To get economic growth you need to have industry. I wouldn't bank on some kind of Kevin Costner "If you build it they will come" style changes.

 

Isn't Sunshine Coast airport primarily a passenger airport where much of wellcamp will be used for freight being so close to huge farms and massive resources projects?

 

Why would the redcliffe suburban line rely on industry for its success or did you not mean that?

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Isn't Sunshine Coast airport primarily a passenger airport where much of wellcamp will be used for freight being so close to huge farms and massive resources projects?

 

Why would the redcliffe suburban line rely on industry for its success or did you not mean that?

 

What I meant was that an airport in Toowoomba doesn't really get you much closer to where the resource projects are. The Surat basin extends inland for many hours drive. You're talking about knocking 2 hours off an 8 hour trip. I'm not sure that agricultural products will be flown out of there too much either. Goods that transit by air still need to be loaded and unloaded, and this collation process can negate the benefit of faster travel speeds. Or maybe they envisage high-level commuters flying in to Brissi or Sydney each day and unwinding on the Darling Downs in the evening?

 

My example with Redcliffe really has to do with peoples' optimism about what changes a railway can bring. If it arrived 100 years ago then maybe, but now we live in a car-based society. Being able to go from Redcliffe to Petrie (then to change onto a city based service) brings no real advantage. Yet the looming boom for Redcliffe real estate is spruiked like it was the mid-West of the USA in the 1880's.

 

I wish the project well, and it's private money so good on 'em, but I just can't see the commercial imperative.

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What I meant was that an airport in Toowoomba doesn't really get you much closer to where the resource projects are. The Surat basin extends inland for many hours drive. You're talking about knocking 2 hours off an 8 hour trip. I'm not sure that agricultural products will be flown out of there too much either. Goods that transit by air still need to be loaded and unloaded, and this collation process can negate the benefit of faster travel speeds. Or maybe they envisage high-level commuters flying in to Brissi or Sydney each day and unwinding on the Darling Downs in the evening?

 

My example with Redcliffe really has to do with peoples' optimism about what changes a railway can bring. If it arrived 100 years ago then maybe, but now we live in a car-based society. Being able to go from Redcliffe to Petrie (then to change onto a city based service) brings no real advantage. Yet the looming boom for Redcliffe real estate is spruiked like it was the mid-West of the USA in the 1880's.

 

I wish the project well, and it's private money so good on 'em, but I just can't see the commercial imperative.

 

Re: Redcliffe, don't think there will be any need to change at Petrie if travelling to cbd. Car based society has peaked for city centre workers. Only downhill now.

 

i agree infrastructure alone won't be enough. But I do think both an improving Redcliffe and a growing Toowoomba are ideally placed to fulfill a growing demand over coming years.

 

 

This is what Wellcamp say. Given they are one of the most successful regional companies in queenslands history they are probably have one of the best perspectives on regional development potential.

 

 

Potential industries in the adjacent Wellcamo business park:

 

 

Aviation maintenance

Aviation training and support industries

Aviation logistics

Transport logistics

Warehousing and distribution

Corporate offices

Manufacturing

Commodity processing

Factory outlets

 

 

And the blurb:

 

"Wellcamp is open for business - the sky is not the limit, secure your future now!

 

 

The Toowoomba region has an abundance of quality primary, secondary and University educational facilities, and a stable quality workforce. Housing and industrial land pricing is considerably lower than capital cities. (Median House Price: $292,000, Weekly rent 3 bedroom house $280/wk.) Toowoomba is serviced by 3 major hospitals and its population is approximately 170,000.

 

 

Suited directly adjacent to the new 747 capable Wellcamp Airport, your business will have direct access to this facility, and the new Toowoomba Bypass when built.

 

 

Wellcamp Airport will have services to the major centres of Australia. With direct access to the Surat Basin, Bowen Basin, Galilee Basin; your business will be placed to take advantage of these growth areas.

 

 

Situated at the hub of the Darling Downs and Lockyer Valley food bowls your business will be well located to take advantage of trade of chilled beef, fruit, vegetables and other agricultural and industrial products.

 

 

Buy your own fully serviced land parcel or we will design and construct a facility to meet your requirements.

 

 

Wellcamp Business Park will become a self-sustaining commercial centre for a diverse integrated business community."

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Re: Redcliffe, don't think there will be any need to change at Petrie if travelling to cbd.

 

How else can you do it? The Redcliffe line is a branch line. The main line runs north to Landsborough. IMHO, it's all a bit of a white elephant. There are frequent buses to Sandgate station from Redcliffe which will then take you to Roma Street.

 

 

 

 

This is what Wellcamp say. Given they are one of the most successful regional companies in queenslands history they are probably have one of the best perspectives on regional development potential.

 

 

Potential industries in the adjacent Wellcamo business park:

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Corporate offices

...

 

 

 

It's private money and I'm grateful for that. But just to touch on one of the examples provided; Corporate offices. It's very difficult to convince large corporations not to locate themselves in Melbourne or Sydney. Getting them to Brisbane is a struggle. I can only imagine the reluctance to locate a head office in Toowoomba. No one outside of Australia has ever heard of it. Ask any of your UK based friends or relations.

 

Maybe it'll prove to be a model of how to generate economic stimulus in remote areas. Time will tell.

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How else can you do it? The Redcliffe line is a branch line. The main line runs north to Landsborough. IMHO, it's all a bit of a white elephant. There are frequent buses to Sandgate station from Redcliffe which will then take you to Roma Street.

 

 

They will just create train paths for it on the mains. Talk it might be paired with Springfield.

 

 

It's private money and I'm grateful for that. But just to touch on one of the examples provided; Corporate offices. It's very difficult to convince large corporations not to locate themselves in Melbourne or Sydney. Getting them to Brisbane is a struggle. I can only imagine the reluctance to locate a head office in Toowoomba. No one outside of Australia has ever heard of it. Ask any of your UK based friends or relations.

 

Maybe it'll prove to be a model of how to generate economic stimulus in remote areas. Time will tell.

 

i don't head office Brisbane style corporates is regional business parks aim. Yes, time will tell. Agreed evolution not revolution.

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Hi Fish, from what i have found out so far it seems the $3 toll for light vehicle is only a "proposed" toll. WellCamp are under the understanding there will be no toll for light vehicles only a toll on trucks of $20 and as the truck drivers say they should save around $25 per trip they would be $5 better off so would be keen to use the toll road. Guess we have to wait and see.

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Good to see employment being created.

 

Jan 14, 2014

 

CONSTRUCTION on Australia’s newest airport terminal at Toowoomba’s Wellcamp Airport - is underway with the first concrete pour scheduled for tomorrow (January 15).

 

Wellcamp Airport will be the first airport in the world to feature the Wagner Group’s award-winning Earth Friendly Concrete when about 35 cubic metres of the low carbon, cement-free geopolymer concrete is poured on site.

 

Airport developer Denis Wagner said EFC was the lowest carbon concrete produced in the world and contained one of the highest levels of sulphate and chloride resistance.

“EFC will be used in the taxiways, apron and runaway,” he said.

The multi-million-dollar project, developed by the Wagner family, will feature a 2.87km runway with passenger jet capabilities and world class airport terminal and business park with the first flights expected in September 2014.

 

Mr Wagner said terminal plans, designed by Canberra-based Guida Moseley Brown (GMB) Architects, were approved by the Toowoomba Regional Council late last year.

“We selected GMB because the firm has extensive airport and terminal design experience, having recently won numerous awards for its work on the Canberra Airport terminal, including the Australian Airports Association, Capital City Airport of the Year (2013),” said Mr Wagner.

He said Toowoomba-based FKG Gardner and Sons Group (FKG) had been appointed as the project’s construction firm.

 

“We are extremely excited and proud to be able to build an important piece of infrastructure that will benefit the Toowoomba and Darling Downs region,” said Mr Wagner.

GMB’s partner-in-charge of the Wellcamp Airport project Paul Mutton said the terminal would be built in two stages with the first 8,000m2 comprising core infrastructure such as car parking, bus, taxi and hire car areas, ticketing desks, baggage retrieval, departure lounges, cafes, bar and retail areas and planning spaces for office tenancies and airlines clubs.

“The terminal will be a contemporary design with a strong sense of focus, given it will be located in an open landscape. It will feature clean, simple lines with extensive use of light and glass as well as timber, polished stone flooring and exposed concrete features,” said Mr Mutton.

 

The terminal’s second phase would allow the current facilities to expand into an additional 4,500m2 area as passenger numbers increased, said Mr Mutton.

He expected Wellcamp Airport to be one of the best regional airports in Australia resulting in positive economic output for the region.

 

FKG’s managing director Nick Gardner also said Wellcamp Airport would be a huge ‘game changer’ for the region.

 

‘“We are excited to be partnering with another local company like Wagners to construct the airport terminal, which will create extensive opportunities for local industries,” he said.

 

Mr Gardner said his firm had committed more than 150 people to work on the project.

 

 


[h=3]Additional Wellcamp Airport statistics:[/h] The airport is a multi-million investment for the use and benefit of the local Toowoomba community, rural Queensland and the will be the ‘gateway to Western Queensland and beyond’. Initial flight connections expected will include Sydney, Melbourne, Cairns, Adelaide, Mackay, Roma and Emerald.

 

The airport is a privately-owned and operated public facility.

 

Wagners Group of Companies is building Wellcamp Airport - Australia’s first privately-funded Greenfield public airport since Tullamarine, Victoria, which was built in 1947.

 

The airport will primarily be a designated passenger airport featuring a 2.8km runaway with passenger jet capabilities. The first passenger flights are due to commence in September/October next year, with the runaway due to be completed in April 2014.

 

Wellcamp Airport is on track to open late 2014 and the passenger terminal designs are being finalised. It is primarily an airport for regular, public passenger services.

 

Local producers will benefit from Wellcamp Airport with freight able to be sent around Australia and into Asia.

Built on an 800ha site in Wellcamp, the airport precinct will also include a premier business park, which is expected to attract leading Australian and international companies that specialise in the areas of aviation, transport logistics, warehousing and logistics, manufacturing as well as factory outlets.

The airport has received widespread support from all levels of government, the local community and businesses and a wide range of industries and will be a vital asset in helping increase connectivity to and from the region.

 

The site was zoned for industrial use in 2001 and the airport complies with this zoning as approved under the Local Government Planning Scheme.

 

While the airport will be privately owned, it will be a public facility open for the use and benefit of the Toowoomba region.

 

The current Toowoomba Airport will remain operational but due to the length of its runway won’t have the capacity to facilitate larger jet aircraft that can be serviced at Wellcamp. Also the Oakey Army Base will remain fully operation alongside both Wellcamp and Toowoomba Airport.

Wellcamp Airport is expected to have a huge economic impact on Toowoomba, with independent studies estimating the airport will generate more than 2,000 jobs in the first three years of operation and inject $318 million into Toowoomba.

 

Built for locals by locals – more than 100 local residents are employed as part of the airport construction team. Other services sourced locally include civil, structural and hydraulic engineering, planning, printing, design, signage and surveying.

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Just an update in case any one may be in the retail or hospitality business.

 

Wellcamp Airport calls on retailers to operate in new terminal

 

Optimized-BWWA%20Perspective%2011.jpgThe developer of the Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport in Toowoomba, Queensland, is calling for expressions of interest for retail and hospitality leases at the airport, which is due to open towards the end of the year.

The terminal precinct has already attracted interest from national food chains and Australian car rental firms.

“We have received substantial inquires from some major food outlets regarding the airport terminal and expect to have more formal commitments in the coming months,” said Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport general manager, Phil Gregory.

Once opened, the airport will feature a 2.87km runway with passenger jet capabilities, an airport terminal with 800m² of retail space available in stage one, and a business park. With the runway only a few months away from completion, the first flights are expected in October this year.

Gregory also confirmed negotiations with major airlines were underway and that routes are expected to be confirmed in the next few months.

“It’s a very exciting time and Toowoomba and Surat Basin is one of Australia’s hottest investment areas right now with more than AU$6bn (£3bn) currently being invested in the region. We expect the airport to inject about AU$318m (£172m) into the local economy in the first three years of operation, along with the creation of more than 2,000 jobs,” added Gregory.

Along with the AU$100m-plus (£54m) airport other key projects in the area include the AU$350m (£190m) redevelopment of Toowoomba’s Grand Central Gardens Town Shopping Centre, the AU$1.66bn (£900m) Toowoomba Second Range Crossing and the AU$235m (£127m) Interlink SQ, an intermodal centre for southern Queensland.

The terminal – designed by Canberra-based Guida Moseley Brown (GMB) Architects and being built by FKG Gardner and Sons Group – is expected to be finished by the end of August.

The terminal is being built in two stages with the first 8,000m² comprising core infrastructure such as car parking; bus, taxi and hire car areas; ticketing desks; baggage retrieval; departure lounges; cafes, bar and retail areas; and planning spaces for office tenancies and airlines clubs.

The second phase will allow the current facilities to expand into an additional 4,500m² area as passenger numbers increase.

25 February 2014

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