Roma is the Maranoa region’s principal central commercial hub with a strong and solid economic base. It possesses a diverse economy, excellent infrastructure and a relaxed country lifestyle that is the envy of many major regional centres. Roma is the birth place of the Australia’s Oil and Gas industry and home to the largest cattle-selling centre in the southern hemisphere.
Located on the cross roads of two major highways, Roma offers easy and efficient transport access. The Warrego Highway (running east/west) is a national highway that links Brisbane with Darwin and the Carnarvon Highway (running north/south) links Roma to northern centres such as Rockhampton and Cairns and south to New South Wales and Victoria.
Roma offers a complete range of retail and professional businesses which service the local and broader regional communities. It also has a number of first class meeting and conference facilities. With its cafes, restaurants and specialty shops it has a cosmopolitan feel without losing its country charm and hospitality.
Agriculture features prominently on the region’s economic landscape. It is estimated that the Maranoa region has 1-2 million head of cattle, representing approximately 13% of Queensland’s beef cattle herd. The largest cattle-selling centre in the southern hemisphere is located in Roma where sales are held every Tuesday and Thursday.
Roma Economic Quick Stats
||5 year Growth (%)
||4,697 (December 2013)
||2.1% (December 2013)
|Main Industry of Employment (2011)
||Hospitals – 5.3%
School Education – 5.0%
State Government Administration – 3.5%
Local Government Administration – 3.5%
|Oil & Gas Extraction – 3.3%
|Median Rent (December 2014)
||2 bedroom house - $330
3 bedroom house - $400
4 bedroom house - $500
|Median Property Price (December 2013)
|Residential Building Approvals (June 2014)
||Number – 52
Value - $16.0 Million
|Number - 246.7%
Value - 255.6%
|Non Residential Building Approvals (June 2014)