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Roma community hub project keeping business local

30 Apr 2014

Keeping business local has been an important goal during the build of the Roma Community Hub, with 80 percent of the workforce used on the project sourced from the Maranoa and Western Downs regions.

Subcontractors and suppliers that have been and will be used on the project include:

• Duff Builders
• Halls Tiles
• West Wet
• Downs & Country Plastering
• Darby Hicks Electrical
• Alpine Refrigeration
• Jason's Bobcat Hire
• DMAC
• Roma Bobcat Hire
• West-Tech
• Roma Glass & Aluminium

Duff Builders' Stephen Duff said there's a sense of pride in keeping work in the region.

"It has been our aim during this project to use local subcontractors and suppliers as often as we can," Mr Duff said.

"This is a significant project for our region, so we are really happy to be involved with it."

Maranoa Mayor Robert Loughnan said using local businesses on projects like the Roma Community Hub encourages a healthy regional economy.

"Keeping jobs and families in our communities is incredibly important for the long-term sustainability of our region so it is fantastic to see a local business supporting other local businesses," Cr Loughnan said.

Santos GLNG Maranoa Regional Manager Sam Klaas said Santos GLNG had provided $123 million worth of work to businesses across the Maranoa region and had invested a further $30 million into the local community.

"The flow-on economic benefits that come from a thriving gas industry are significant, and Santos GLNG is proud of the positive impact we've made on the Maranoa economy over many years," Mr Klaas said.

"Santos GLNG itself has engaged more than 400 regional Queensland suppliers and contractors in the construction of our project, and we're pleased to see that local approach being taken with the Roma Community Hub."

Speaking on behalf of Australia Pacific LNG, Origin Regional Community Relations Manager Scott Bird said the Council's use of local businesses was an initiative which Australia Pacific LNG strongly supported to deliver lasting benefits in regions where the project operates.

"Our commitment to supporting sustainable communities includes sourcing goods, supplies and services whenever it's viable from local business and supporting local suppliers," Mr Bird said.

Completion of the Roma Community Hub is expected late June 2014, weather permitting.