Charleville hosted economic talks

6th April 2017 8:57 AM
Members of South West RED met in Charleville on Monday and Tuesday. Member for Warrego Ann Leahy, Paroo Mayor Lindsay Godfrey and AgForce's Robyn Bryant at the SWRED dinner. REGIONAL TALKS: Member for Warrego Ann Leahy, Paroo Mayor Lindsay Godfrey and AgForce's Robyn Bryant talk in Charleville. Martin Volz

CHARLEVILLE played host to members of the South West Regional Economic Development (SWRED) committee earlier this week, which discussed a range of high value issues.

SWRED chairperson and Paroo Mayor Lindsay Godfrey said the main features of the meeting included launching two 12 month projects.

"The first project is an investigation into how potential south-west Queensland red meat co-operatives could be created to export directly to overseas markets; linking logistics chains with Toowoomba's airport,” Mr Godfrey said.

"The second project, more localised, focuses on creating tourism channels between shires. DAF's Richard Routley says the group is focused on finding a market for portion-sized chilled premium red meat, namely the Chinese market.”

University of Southern Queensland's Jim Cavaye also presented to the group about digital innovations and how stronger internet connectivity can benefit western start-ups in the IT field, businesses, health services and education.