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Roma Saleyards celebrates 50th anniversary after $2M improvements

  • Posted on Wednesday 20th, November 2019.

The official opening of the revamped Roma Saleyards has taken place following completion of recent upgrades after local government grants helped contribute $1.2 million to capacity and productivity improvements.

Expanded receivel and delivery yards were among the improvements made to reduce stress on the stock and assist operational efficiencies.

More than 400,000 cattle are transported through the yards, the largest cattle selling centre in Australia, each year.

Last financial year Queensland cattle fetched $5.8 billion in beef exports.

Local Government Minister Stirling Hinchliffe was on hand at the event and said the saleyards, which employs transport operators, graziers and stock agents, had supported an additional 17 jobs during the project funded by the Local Government Grants and Subsidies Program.

“The saleyards celebrated its 50th anniversary in October and these improvements mean they should prosper for the next 50 years,” he said.

“It’s an incredibly busy hub, with cattle being bought, sold and transported across Australia and overseas," said Hinchcliffe.

“Economically, the yards are really significant to Roma and the Maranoa region and are a growing destination for tourists looking for a unique regional experience.”

Maranoa Regional Council Mayor Tyson Golder thanked the State Government for its funding contribution which helped complete the project.

“These works offer better cattle flow and improved capacity in the saleyards," he said.

“The outcome of this project, which supports the industry, has a positive economic benefit for our community, offers better animal welfare and is a wonderful example of what can be achieved when our two levels of government work together for the community,” he said.

A three-bay Roma Saleyards Truck Wash facility is regarded as an important feature of the saleyards, catering for approximately four times the previous customer throughput, by providing additional wash bays.

The design has improved functionality and reduced waiting periods by up to an hour.

Bore water used in the washing process has been reduced and the quality of the discharge and recycles/re-uses has been improved.

The Queensland Government contributed more than $1.2 million to the works through the 2017-19 Local Government Grants and Subsidies Program.

Statewide the program has a budget of $60 million, which helps councils deliver key infrastructure projects

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