Partners in life and work, Peter and Marissa McKillop met at a Bachelor and Spinsters Ball at Ignatius Park when they were teenagers. They went on to have three children — Lachlan (21), Emily (19) and Josephine (16) — while establishing a business together.
“We started NRG because we could see the need for a business that people could come to for their gas needs,” Peter says. “A place where they can pick up their gas, buy appliances, buy regulators and parts, organise installations and repairs and ask for advice.”
Marissa adds: “After 17 years with the business, we’re proud to say we bought out our partners last year. This move has allowed us to change things up by becoming an independent gas supplier and we’ve also just opened a new gas filling station on the corner of Ingham Road and Dundee Street in Bohle.”
While Peter oversees business operations, Marissa manages the marketing, administration and finance.
“Marissa has a good business head and is always on the lookout for innovations,” Peter says. “The introduction of a new ordering App, online retail store and automatic gas replacement for customers are just a few of the ways she’s proven her commitment to innovation and convenience for customers.”
Peter has worked hard over the years to obtain qualifications in Type B gas authorisation for industrial work and Type A certification for commercial and domestic appliances. His extensive knowledge in the gas industry is highly regarded and sought-after both locally and throughout the industry.
“He’s diligent about providing top-quality products and services and works with people to achieve what’s best for everyone,” Marissa says.
Peter and Marissa’s son Lachlan recently began his gas-fitting apprenticeship with the business, further strengthening the family and local connection. “Being a locally owned business is very important to both of us,” Marissa says. “We’re committed to making life easy for our customers and the local community.”