World-class Aerospace Precinct a huge coup for Toowoomba’s economy
The Wellcamp Aerospace and Defence Precinct will create hundreds of jobs during construction and significantly boost the region’s advanced manufacturing capability.
Toowoomba and Surat Basin Enterprise CEO Ali Davenport said the historic announcement at Wellcamp Airport this morning is a game changer.
“Boeing’s decision to manufacture the unmanned Loyal Wingman Aircraft in Toowoomba will bring significant opportunities to our city, with 300 jobs to be created during the construction phase and 70 jobs once operational.”
“But this is about more than just the aircraft itself, with the whole of the local supply chain and advanced manufacturing sector to benefit as more companies look to Toowoomba to invest.”
“I’d like to congratulate the Wagner family, Boeing and the State Government for this incredible milestone and I look forward to seeing the world-class precinct come to life,” said Ms Davenport.
The purpose built infrastructure at Wellcamp will be an epicentre of aerospace, and research and development.
Ms Davenport said TSBE is committed to ensuring the region’s future workforce has the skills needed for exciting new industries to take off.
“There are local school students who will one day have a career at the Wellcamp Aerospace and Defence Precinct, so it’s important we assist educational facilities in filling this future workforce.”
“Today’s announcement will provide opportunities for our school leavers and create a lasting legacy for decades to come,” said Ms Davenport.
While the full economic benefits of this precinct are yet to be realised, Boeing has indicated that there’s already a demand for the Loyal Wingman aircraft across the globe.