Population: 7,480 (2014)

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

Indicator 5 year Growth (%)
Population 7,480 (2014) 8.5%
Labour Force 4,697 (December 2013) 12.2%
Unemployment Rate 2.1% (December 2013) 0.4%
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% N/A
Median Rent (December 2014) 2 bedroom house - $330
3 bedroom house - $400
4 bedroom house - $500
Median Property Price (December 2013) $312,000 Approximately 45%
Residential Building Approvals (June 2014) Number – 52
Value - $16.0 Million
Number - 246.7%
Value - 255.6%
Non Residential Building Approvals (June 2014) $13.2 Million -