Queensland's agricultural industries make a vital contribution to the lives of Queenslanders. The sector delivers over $17.5 billion to the economy, supporting close to 70,000 jobs or about 2.8% of Queensland’s workforce. We remain focused on driving agricultural and regional jobs growth.

Following a competitive selection process, Wagner Group Holdings Pty Ltd from Toowoomba and Air Freight Handling Services Pty Ltd from Cairns have been selected to receive funding to construct regional trade distribution centres.

Air Freight Handling Services Pty Ltd is proposing to expand operations at a new dedicated facility located airside at the Cairns Airport. The facility will target fresh export produce including fish and crustaceans (live and frozen), avocadoes, mangoes, melons, citrus and blueberries, with capacity for future expansion. Construction of the Cairns facility is scheduled for completion in late 2020.

In Toowoomba, Wagner Group Holdings will be supported to develop a Regional Trade Distribution Centre alongside the Wellcamp Airport and Business Park. The proposed facility will target fresh export produce including chilled meat, milk, eggs, brassicas, cauliflower, apples, apricots, strawberries and avocados, with capacity for future expansion. The construction of the Toowoomba facility is scheduled for completion by mid-2020.

These new facilities will support rapid airfreight access for regional Queensland’s high-value agricultural producers to key international markets and support regional job creation across the agricultural sector.