Maranoa has opportunities to expand its manufacturing sector in relation to cypress timber. The cypress timber industry is significant in Maranoa, both in terms of timber resources available as well as the timber mills that process the logs. The region is conveniently located near Barakula State Forest, the largest cypress pine and hardwood forest in Queensland. As this is a significant industry, any opportunity to provide further value-added processing will contribute greatly to the regional economy, however, security of access to the resource is a key issue that needs to be resolved prior to significant investment. ​