Stonestreets, the Queensland bus company riding to success with the natural gas industry
Stonestreets started operations in South West Queensland in the early 1990s and had steadily grown to now encompass depots at Toowoomba, Ipswich and Dalby. Much of this growth can be attributed to the support of the natural gas companies operating in Queensland.
The Stonestreets fleet initially serviced several Toowoomba school runs, steadily acquiring additional runs in both Toowoomba and Dalby. After winning their first major contract in the resource and construction industry in 1999 the company went on to perform project contracts including the Darwin LNG Project, several Surat Basin LNG projects and the Gladstone combined LNG project. During the peak of the LNG construction Stonestreets fleet travelled an incredible 11,548,673 kilometres in a single year!
The company successfully downsized following the end of the construction period and now operates a fleet of 100 vehicles performing charter, travel, schools and project services across Queensland. Stonestreets have been working with Arrow Energy for the past seven years. The business is continuing this relationship and will be transporting Arrow staff between their Brisbane and Dalby offices in 2019.
Stonestreets Managing Director Phil Stonestreet said “the gas and construction sectors have provided us with a range of exciting opportunities over the past twenty years, we are especially proud of the fact that these opportunities have enabled us to provide local employment to several hundred drivers and support staff across regional Queensland”.
Income from natural gas doesn’t just benefit those directly employed by the industry but does a lot to support the local communities that host gas projects. Small businesses and local economies in host communities and around the country benefit from this income.