AN EARLY Gympie Region raiding party returned from the front-line this week, after its first business assault on the south Queensland energy and minerals boom.
Proving that the Great Dividing Range need not be a psychological barrier to trade and prosperity, seven Gympie people took their message to the marketplace at the Surat Basin Energy and Mining Expo, held at Toowoomba Showgrounds on Wednesday and yesterday.
They went there to sell skills, people, products and property.
Gympie Regional Realty's Sally Garrahy said the mountain barrier between here and the Darling Downs was no longer a physical obstacle, just a mental one.
"I think it's phenomenal, just extraordinary," she said of her day at the expo.
Ms Garrahy said it was time Gympie embraced the mining and exploration market, "instead of being in fear of it".
She was among seven enterprising business representatives who made the trip by bus, organised as a marketing initiative by the Gympie Chamber of Commerce.
TSR refrigeration and air-conditioning representative Sharleen Scott said her firm was no stranger to the mining business, but was keen to develop new markets.