One of the top 20 largest council areas in Queensland, the Western Downs comprises six main centres, Dalby, Chinchilla, Jandowae, Miles, Tara and Wandoan with numerous other smaller towns and villages scattered throughout the area. The Western Downs region is located three hours west of Brisbane and only one hour west of the Brisbane West Airport, with the Warrego Highway the main road link running east-west.
Emerging from a collection of rural townships with their roots in agriculture, the Western Downs Regional Council area has become a hive of activity and growth through continued agriculture, manufacturing and resource diversification. The energy resource sector, which comprises coal, coal seam gas, coal seam gas water, ethanol and power station development, has seen the region gain the mantle of the ‘Energy Capital of Queensland’, while still maintaining its rich agricultural heritage.
The Western Downs Economic Annual 2016 provides a summary of key economic and demographic data about the Western Downs as well as providing context and analysis for the performance of the regional economy across a wide range of indicators
Queensland Resources Council has surveyed its full member companies to identify the economic contribution of the minerals and energy sector to the Western Downs economy in 2015-16. resources-contribution-westerndowns_lga_2016
- 17,711 persons
- Gross Regional Product
- $1.4 billion
- Business Numbers
- 2,258 businesses