Research Projects


Economic Development Strategy

The Western Downs region has experienced dynamic change. In order to capitalise on our advantages, it is paramount that we as a region set our long term vision and objectives for the future economic resilience of the Western Downs. Murray-Darling Basin & the Darling Downs: the region’s... Read more

Economic Development Projects

2014 WDRC Economic Development Section Service Level Review Economic Development commenced a Service Level Review in May 2014. The Service Level Review was commenced in order to educate Council about services currently provided by Economic Development Section and provide opportunity to consider... Read more

Bridging the Digital Divide

An e-Impact study of small and medium enterprises in the Western Downs Region was undertaken during March to May 2014 and looked at data from approximately 300 SMEs collected through a field survey. This study examines the use and effects of ICT on business performance and innovation by considering... Read more

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Regional Economic Development Plan

The Regional Economic Development Plan is a vision for economic development within the boundaries of Western Downs Regional Council’s Corporate Plan. Released early in 2011, the plan identifies: Competitive advantages for economic development in Western Downs area. Key themes of economic... Read more

Regional Business Capability Gap Study

The Western Downs Capability Gap Study will enable a more in depth understanding of the types of businesses that the region needs. Western Downs Business Capability Gap Study will identify: Types of Business by ANZSIC Division – All Areas Types of Business by ANZSIC Division – Each... Read more

JSDO Project

Jobs and Skills Development Officer Skills Queensland, in partnership with the Queensland Departments of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation (DEEDI) and Education and Training (DET), and the Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR),... Read more

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