Nick Edols is glad to be back in the country and looking forward to his new role as economic development officer for the northern region of the Downs.
Nick Edols is glad to be back in the country and looking forward to his new role as economic development officer for the northern region of the Downs. Shannon Newley

Edols set to 'make things happen'

STARTING life in the country, new Economic Development officer Nick Edols says moving to Warwick for the role is like coming home.

Mr Edols said he would man the economic development unit in Warwick, looking after the northern end of the region.

No stranger to the land, Mr Edols grew up on a farm in NSW and was a mixed cropping and livestock primary producer for 15 years before a "late career change" to business development.

"When I left farming, I was captivated by working further along the supply chain including production, secondary processing, distribution and marketing of agri-business products," Mr Edols said.

Mr Edols joined the Southern Downs Regional Council after eight years as a senior trade and investment officer for food and agribusiness at trade and investment Queensland at the Department of Employment, Economic Development and Industry (DEEDI) in Brisbane.

Mr Edols he said his strengths were identifying and addressing industry and business development issues and securing industry investment.

"I like to take a strategic approach and implement practical solutions," he said.

"The key is being a good facilitator. I'm all about making things happen; I find achieving outcomes very rewarding."

Director of community services Tony Minuti said that fit in well with the current economic development strategy.

"We're very pleased to have someone of Nick's calibre join our economic development team, and look forward to getting him started on a range of key projects," Mr Minuti said.

He said the first cab off the rank would be finalising the Southern Downs Food Security plan and a focus on helping businesses take advantage of Surat Basin opportunities.

Mr Edols will be the first point of contact for businesses between Dalveen and The Gap.

"I am looking forward to meeting the regional business community and applying my knowledge and skills to assist business growth," Mr Edols said.


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