Roma is a regional centre with two main business sectors driving the local economy - agriculture and gas.
Proactive local businesses
Local Roma auto electrician explains how businesses need to be proactive in building business relationships with the oil and gas industry.
Capacity for growth
The gas industry gave local manufacturers in Dalby the capacity for growth.
Moving into the production phase
The Chinchilla community is adapting to the gas industry's production phase.
Trade training for the future
The Dalby State High School runs a unique Trade Futures Program designed to give students the trade skills they need to find employment locally.
Opportunities for growth
Greg and Louise McMahon consider the petroleum and gas industry
Business to business
Roma has some great examples of local businesses positioning themselves to provide specialist services to the gas industry operating in the area.
Industries working together
Watch this video to hear Peter Sharpe talk about the gas and agriculture industries working together in Roma to create a strong economy.
Long term employment for locals
CEO of Techserve explains the long term benefits the gas industry provides for local employment.
Trade Futures Program
More than 80% of students who go through Dalby State High School's Trade Futures Program end up becoming employed locally in an industry of their choice, with many finding work in the local gas industry.
Make Dalby the best place to live, work and play
Tania from the Dalby Welcoming Community Inc. talks about the Delicious and DeLIGHTful festival and other community initiatives supported by the gas industry.
Chinchilla Trail Ride
The gas industry supports and sponsors the annual Chinchilla Trail Ride, a major fundraising opportunity for the local state school.
Specialist services in the gas fields
Born and bred in Roma, Gavin Fleming says many small businesses in the Surat Basin now specialise in supporting the gas industry.
The importance of the visitor economy
Charlie Eames is a motel owner in Roma who says that 60% to 70% of all his business is corporate visitors including the gas industry.
Industry supports local communities in many different ways
Trish Rowbotham from the Wallumbilla Campdraft Association says the support provided by gas companies is very important to her local community.
Local procurement and employment opportunities
Camille from GoldenWest Apprenticeships in Roma talks about how the locals continue to work with the industry.
Rural Traders and the gas industry
Michael Taylor from Midwest Rural Traders has seen an increase in gas companies working closely with local businesses in the Wallumbilla area.
Eco-tourism and the gas industry
Meryl from Boobook Ecotours runs tours of the Roma region showing visitors how the region's farming community has worked alongside the gas industry for over a decade.
A Roma Success
Peter Sharpe is not your usual entrepreneur. It says “Chief Executive Officer” on his office door but he readily admits he’s not a real Chief Executive in the true sense of the word because he just can’t stick to the job description.
Major positive impact of gas on Toowoomba and regional economy
The gas industry in this region has had a major positive impact on not only Toowoomba but the whole Surat Basin and the regional economy here.
Innovation brings pipeline of opportunities for Dalby firm
Innovation in welding and commissioning of water pipelines for Queensland's coal seam gas (CSG) industry has opened the door to a diverse range of new business opportunities in the agriculture and civil sectors for Dalby-based firm, Australian Fusion Welding.
Equipment supplier evolves with changing gas industry
Adapting and evolving with the changing needs of the onshore gas industry in Queensland remains key for long-time drilling and completion equipment provider, General Petroleum Oil Tools (GPOT).
Digging in for long term gas business opportunities
Environmental consulting and contracting company, Perfect Earth, sees real long term opportunities providing their rehabilitation and erosion control services to the onshore gas industry in the Surat Basin, opening a local office in Chinchilla last year.
Understanding the nuts and bolts of the gas business
Understanding the nuts and bolts of doing business with the onshore gas industry has been a priority for Roma-based industrial supplies company, Banks Bolts and Fasteners.
RIE position their business beyond the gas boom
When specialist electrical and instrumentation services company, RiE set up in Chinchilla in 2008, the founders Jamie and Elena Short always had a view to positioning their business for the long term future, beyond the gas construction boom – a strategy which is now paying dividends.
Roma Transport Services keeps rolling after almost 25 years
For nearly a quarter of a century, Roma Transport Services has been providing a range of logistics services to the oil and gas industry in South West Queensland.
Coach operator rides gas industry transition
“We worked with all the major gas companies busing workers to sites around the Surat Basin including transfers between the airports and the camps.
Dalby motelier sets sights on long term opportunities
Moteliers Carol and Peter Dregmans have experienced first-hand the onshore gas industry boom managing motels in Roma and more recently Dalby, but despite the slowdown as the industry shifts from construction to production they have their sights firmly on the long term.
Electrical contractor takes on challenges of a new industry
Dalby-based electrical contractor, Gavin Walton of Condamine Electric Company saw the arrival of the onshore gas industry several years ago as an opportunity to grow his business, but it hasn't been without its challenges and learnings.
Coach operator sees opportunities to streamline gas supply chain
Phil and his sister Bev established Stonestreet's Coaches in a small depot in Toowoomba in 1993 providing a range of general chartering bus services including over recent years to the onshore gas industry both upstream in Gladstone and downstream in the Surat Basin.
Roma business takes cautious approach to gas industry
Gavin Fleming has always appreciated his dad’s advice ‘don’t leave town son, you’ll always make a quid here in Roma.’