Known as Queensland's ‘food bowl’, the Wide Bay Burnett produces signiﬁcant quantities of livestock, sugar, fruit, nuts, vegetables, citrus, timber, seafood and specialty crops. The region's agricultural production was valued at $1.1 billion in 2015-16, or 10 per cent of Queensland's total.
The agribusiness sector includes timber production and processing, beef, pork and poultry, sugar cane, tree crops (75 per cent of Queensland’s macadamia nuts are grown in Wide Bay Burnett), fruit and vegetables (especially avocadoes, citrus and tomatoes) and seafood production.
The region is home to iconic businesses including Nolan Meats, Bundaberg Sugar, Bundaberg Rum, Bundaberg Brewed Drinks, Peanut Company of Australia, Australian Macadamias, Austchilli, Hyne Timber, Downer, Laminex Industries, Nestle, Ironbark Citrus, Swickers, Ocean King Prawns, Proteco Oils and Urangan Fisheries.
INNOVATIVE AND EMERGING INDUSTRIES
More than 6000 hectares of the Port of Bundaberg was declared a State Development Area in 2017 and identiﬁed to attract a range
of commercial and recreational pursuits including increased dry and wet bulk trade, bulk fuel storage and transport, coastal shipping, defence vessel servicing, the marine industry, super yacht servicing and coastal residential development.
The port provides unique business develop- ment and trade opportunities, providing access to new and emerging global markets without the congestion and capacity issues experienced at larger ports north and south.
Manufacturing accounts for 9 per cent of the region's employment with the largest manufacturing segments being machinery and equipment, metal fabrication, food manufacturing and processing, aviation and marine.
The region has an established supply chain with signiﬁcant infrastructure including water, sugar mills and meat processing facilities.
Recently there has been strong investment in high-value agribusiness processing plants and specialist manufacturing equipment.
The Wide Bay Burnett is a burgeoning tourism destination, featuring iconic Fraser Island and the Southern Great Barrier Reef, idyllic coastlines and heritage towns. The region is renowned for sport and event tourism, agri- tourism, cultural and indigenous tourism, recreational ﬁshing, beach and hinterland retreats, wineries and eco-tourism activities.
With its proximity to Brisbane, strong population growth, skilled workforce, affordable living and investment environment, the Wide Bay Burnett is positioned to experience growth in the emerging industries of aviation, transport equipment manufacturing, food technology, ecotourism, biofuels and high-value export agriculture.
Signiﬁcant investment opportunities exist for mining and energy sectors, with reserves of coking coal and minerals including bauxite, magnetite and ilmenite, ready to be mined and extracted.
Wide Bay Burnett is serviced by three jet- equipped airports (Bundaberg, Maryborough and Hervey Bay) offering affordable, greenﬁeld airside access for aviation infrastructure and investment.
The Wide Bay Burnett is simply the perfect place at the perfect pace!