The Lockyer Valley region is situated less than a one hour's drive from inner city Brisbane and covers an area of approximately 2,272 square kilometres. Currently the region is home to approximately 42,840 residents.
The largest industries of employment are agriculture, forestry and fishing with other key industries including construction, retail trade, education and training and health care.
Much of the area is predominantly rural with major town centres at Gatton and Laidley, and several smaller townships including Forest Hill, Grantham, Helidon, Murphys Creek, Plainland and Withcott.
Lockyer Valley Regional Council consists of 7 elected members, being one Mayor and six Councillors.
Depending on the requirements of the position, Lockyer Valley Regional Council offers a variety of flexible working arrangements, including:
Full time, part time, maximum term and casual positions;
Nine-day fortnight for office based employees; and
Four-day week for field based employees working from 6:30am to 4:30pm.
Up to 12% employer superannuation contributions;
The ability to salary sacrifice superannuation contributions;
Salary packaging (i.e. Novated leases for vehicles); and
Payment of applicable allowances (i.e. on call allowance).
An employee assistance program for both employees and their immediate family;
The provision of corporate uniforms;
Vaccinations depending on position requirements; and
One competitively costed and Council owned and operated Childcare Centre.
Lockyer Valley Regional Council takes the health and wellbeing of employees seriously, and has an established Wellbeing Committee, who organises a variety of health and wellbeing initiatives throughout the year. These initiatives include:
Workstation Assessments on request;
BUPA Onsite Consultations;
Flu Vaccination Program; and
Mental Health Awareness Initiatives.
The cost of housing in Lockyer Valley is affordable with the median house price of approx. $315,000. Rental prices range average $290 - $365 per week.
There are several schooling options in the Lockyer Valley region including several state primary and high schools, with additional private school offering education up to year 12. There is also tertiary education available at the TAFE Queensland Gatton Campus and the University of Gatton.
There are excellent local medical centres and local hospitals that service the community include Gatton Hospital, Laidley Hospital, Toowoomba Hospital and St Vincent's and St Andrew's Private Hospitals both located in Toowoomba.
The Lockyer Valley has something for everyone when it comes to shopping. Specialty retailers provide a unique shopping experience with award winning meats and smallgoods to a vast array of local arts and crafts. The townships offer locally owned retail outlets with interesting goods and fantastic country service. The Lockyer Valley boasts a multitude of dining options, from restaurants to pubs to country cafes where you can enjoy fresh regional produce and friendly service.
Lockyer Valley region is filled with vibrant rural living, fascinating history, culture, adventure and stunning natural beauty. There is a wide variety of things to do including a Cobb & Co tourist drive, sampling the local produce on the "Farmgate Food Trail", purchasing fresh local produce from the roadside or attending one of the local markets.
The region is well equipped with sporting facilities including Lockyer Valley Sports and Aquatic Centre, Laidley Sports Complex, Da Ryan War Memorial Pool, Withcott Sports Centre and the Lockyer Valley Indoor Equestrian Centre. The region is also home to more than 60 parks and reserves.
Lockyer Valley is approximately 1 hours’ drive west of Brisbane or 30 minutes from Ipswich. Gatton, the region’s largest town is located 40 minutes east of Toowoomba. Airport transfers are available from Toowoomba and Brisbane Airports.
Information on this page was correct as of July 2022 and may be subject to change.