Based around the main centres of Warwick and Stanthorpe, there are over 16,000 residents currently in the workforce. These residents worked in the estimated 3700 business within the region.
The majority of Southern Downs businesses are classified as small to medium enterprises and cover a wide range of industry types. Almost 50% of businesses are involved in primary production, followed by construction (10%), retail (9%) and property and business services (8.7%).
The region’s population has increased over the past 5 years at an annual average rate of 1.4%. Population increase has been brought about partly by the “tree change” phenomenon, and partly by the affordability of high quality housing – currently averaging 40% less than Brisbane prices.
The Southern Downs and Granite Belt also have a unique sense of community – captured by the region’s leading community newspaper, The Southern Free Times.
The Southern Free Times’ FREE circulation encompasses both the Warwick and Stanthorpe region with 13,200 copies delivered every Thursday to businesses and homes throughout the Southern Downs and Granite Belt.
Areas include Warwick, Stanthorpe, Tenterfield, Wallangarra, Dalveen, Killarney, Allora, Texas and Inglewood, while copies are also available from news agencies, corner stores, motels, servos and other businesses.
The Southern Free Time’s is a great read, with coverage of community news, sport, local opinion, local jobs, trades and services, real estate, local entertainment and even a crossword and Sudoku.
Staffed and managed day to day by locals The Southern Free Times is part of Star News Group, an Australian family owned publishing company with over 100 years’ experience – connecting people and communities.