Justin Garvie and his father Bruce are expecting the new Royal on 99 to be opened on July 15.
Justin Garvie and his father Bruce are expecting the new Royal on 99 to be opened on July 15. Tom Gillespie

Royal on 99 has employed nearly 100 residents

BY THE time the new Royal On 99 opens its doors on July 15, it will have employed or engaged the services of more than 90 locals.

The staggering statistic is thanks to developers the Garvie family committing to only using Maranoa contractors and people where possible.

Family representative Justin Garvie said along with hiring contractors during the construction, the hotel would require at least 25 employees to run that have all been hired in town.

“It took about 10 weeks to get the shell of the building done, but at the same time we’ve been working on how we’re going to run it when it is done,” he said.

“We’ve got most of the staff we need and we’ve got a good team with a mix of youth and experience.

“It’s a new piece of history for Roma and it adds a new dimensions to the town.”

Justin Garvie and his father Bruce are expecting the new Royal on 99 to be opened on July 15.
Justin Garvie and his father Bruce are expecting the new Royal on 99 to be opened on July 15. Tom Gillespie

Mr Garvie, who spent nine months designing the hotel before construction began, said he had been most impressed with the quality of the workmanship displayed by Roma tradesmen.

“The big things for us have been the quality of the work, because it is a detailed design but it’s been impressive to watch it come together,” he said.

“The other thing is the cohesiveness on site – the way everyone has worked around each other and with harmony has made it enjoyable.”

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