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Dalby, known as the Capital of the Surat Basin, is situated one-hour from Toowoomba, two and a half hours west of Brisbane and three hours from the Gold and Sunshine Coasts. Dalby sits at the crossroads of the Warrego, Moonie, Condamine and Bunya Highways. This network of highways links Australia’s capital cities, making the town accessible by an extensive transport system.
With an estimated population of 12,000, Dalby is a popular regional centre for agriculture, manufacturing, industry, commerce and retail. Serviced by a large modern shopping centre and a range of specialty stores the town delivers a balanced lifestyle where daily conveniences are just minutes away.
Dalby is a town moving forward and the signs of progress are clear to see. Large-scale infrastructure developments and a strong resource sector have positioned Dalby at the centre of one of the nation’s fastest growing regions – the Western Downs.
Booming mining and natural gas extraction industries have placed a multibillion dollar industry on Dalby’s doorstep with the town poised to become one of Queensland’s major energy suppliers.
In addition to high profile mining and natural resource projects, the development of new housing estates continues while local schools are improving and expanding their facilities to meet growing demand. Dalby boasts two state primary schools and a state high school with a new trade training centre and there are two private P – 12 colleges.
Local building and manufacturing industries continue to put Dalby on the map, both nationally and internationally, with innovative and award –winning products.
With comprehensive business and retail sectors, Dalby is positioned as a regional shopping destination. Dalby Shopping World complex in the heart of the CBD, adds further choice and variety to the local retail mix.
Professional services are also well catered for with established legal, financial and medical practices as well as major banking institutions.
Recently Dalby Hospital received a $10 million upgrade to add to its existing child, maternity, medical, surgical, accident and emergency, outpatients, pathology and palliative care facilities. Adding to this comprehensive range of public services is a selection of private medical practices as well as a range of allied health services including dietetics, occupational therapy, pathology, pharmaceutical, physiotherapy, radiography, speech pathology, social work, mental health, chiropractic, optometry and dental.
With a range of industries, comes a range of employment options. Dalby delivers a variety of career opportunities particularly for skilled tradespeople and young professionals recording an impressively low annual unemployment rate – www.advancewesterndowns.com.au/regional-profile/dalby
The true heart of the town is the people. Dalby is proud of its reputation that it is a community that works together to achieve great things. People feel welcome and safe in the town where the smiles are instant and genuine.
Local initiatives, like Dalby Welcoming Community Committee, focus on creating a welcoming community which has a proud history of a number of initiatives that include a multicultural festival, Delicious & DeLIGHTful, development along Myall Creek, Dalby’s Say G’Day day and Dalby’s Women’s Networking Group.
Sport and recreation are popular aspects of daily life in Dalby. The town has an impressive variety of sporting clubs and community facilities including an upgraded PCYC, new indoor heated pool, 18 hole golf course, skate park, theatre, library, art gallery and modern show pavilion and a multipurpose covered arena.
No matter what aspect of the arts people are interested in – writing, singing, painting, sculpting, sewing or acting, there is likely to be a local group in Dalby ready to welcome new members.
Dalby boasts a truly balanced lifestyle that is family oriented where slipping home for lunch is a reality, playing a round of golf after work is easy and ducking out from work to watch a school sports carnival is possible.
Modern country living, which Dalby offers, means there is the freedom to enjoy all the little things that deliver a rewarding lifestyle.