EXCLUSIVE: List of new businesses and tourism developments
MAJOR developments across the Maranoa will see residents be able to access new hospital facilities, workout in bigger gyms and have more variety for their weekly grocery shop.
Here's a few of the developments coming to the Maranoa by the end of 2020.
Snap fitness new location
AS OF midday Friday gym goers will be able to workout in the new and improved Snap Fitness Roma.
Owner Wendy Garvie said the move to a larger location will allow their clients access to a new functional training area.
"We have a lot more floor space in this new gym and we've added a new section with more equipment for those into crossfit training," Mrs Garvie said.
"We still want to ensure we maintain that Snap Fitness feel - that it's for everyone, not just bodybuilders, but a gym that appeals to all demographics."
Members will no longer have to pay extra to attend classes, rather their $18.95 plus membership will give you access to equipment and classes.
The owners began building three weeks ago and Mrs Garvie said it's cost the same as fitting out a new gym.
"We've paid for new flooring, painting, signage and additional equipment," she said.
"We used as many local contractors as possible, like West-Tech, Halls did the flooring, local builders and Lynch Painting."
They have a new trainer joining the team, who focuses on crossfit plus all their regular trainers.
The owners said they're excited to have all their members get back into the gym.
UNFORTUNATELY the Supa IGA development has been delayed, moving the opening date to February next year, rather than next month.
Graham Booysen, CEO of Cornetts Supermarkets said the landlord has fallen behind in the building schedule.
"We are sad we had to delay the opening but then again we will close our old store in January, which is a quiet month for us and the customers, so it's not a bad result," he said.
"The current store will close for approximately six weeks so that it can be broken down and removed and the car park can be set."
The new IGA is set to cost about $5 million and the CEO said despite the delay, they are eager to provide Roma customers an alternative to Woolworths.
"The store won't be as big as the Woolworths but I am wanting to create a better shopping experience for the customer," he said.
"There will be a significant increase in our grocery range, plus a bigger health food and natural food range."
THE Bigger Big Rig project, estimated to cost $6.275 million will go ahead in an effort to draw travellers to Roma and the Outback.
Charlie Eames, president of Visit Roma said the Maranoa will join the ranks of iconic Outback tourism experiences with the construction of this project including a 40m observation tower includes fully accessible elevator and a 100m long tree walk that goes besides Bungil Creek. There will be interpretative visuals on the structures.
"It will set our regions tourism industry on a new path that will see increased visitation and a significant injection of new money and extra jobs into our economy," he said.
THE new $112.6m Roma Hospital is still on track to be completed during the second half of the year.
No official opening date has been confirmed.
A South West Hospital and Health Services spokesman said construction work was still on the right path.
"The hospital build is still expected to be completed during the second half of the year," he said.
The new Roma Hospital will have 20 single patient rooms and two birth suites, a new emergency department and allied health treatment areas.