A new era is on the horizon for Australia's largest cattle selling centre, with today's announcement that Council has been successful in securing $3.96 million from the Federal Government's Building Better Regions Fund for the Roma Saleyards Precinct Development Project.
This exciting project will include a new arena for stud stock selling with state of the art audio visual facilities making it a standout feature for all stud stock sales and a multi-purpose facility featuring an interpretive centre. The centre will highlight the history of the cattle industry and the saleyards, and incorporate a new canteen, dining area and a single storey administrative office.
Councillor Peter Flynn, Portfolio Chair for the Roma Saleyards has thanked the Federal Government for their foresight in supporting Maranoa Regional Council to upgrade the facilities in the Roma Saleyards Precinct.
"As part of the Roma Saleyards Master Plan, this futuristic project (which has also received State Government funding) will provide Australia's largest cattle selling centre, the Roma Saleyards, with facilities to replace aging infrastructure," Cr Flynn said.
"The project will also provide a state of the art stud stock selling arena, as well as fantastic viewing opportunities for the increasing number of visitors to the centre, which will be celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2019."
Councillor Cameron O'Neil, Portfolio Chair for Economic Development said the economic benefits from this project, during and after construction, are set to be considerable.
"Once complete, our interpretive centre will provide our many saleyard visitors (currently over 4,000 per annum) with a unique experience while learning about the cattle and agriculture industry along with the history of the saleyards," Cr O'Neil said.
"Having this high calibre facility will encourage more visitors to the Maranoa, and therefore more dollars into our economy and into south western and western Queensland."
"This Council is committed to diversifying our economic sectors and if we can enhance our saleyards while attracting a growing agri-tourism market our local economy will benefit."
Deputy Mayor Jan Chambers said Council is thrilled to have secured this much-needed funding to see the project progress.
"This project has been in the pipeline for some time now, so this announcement is a great achievement for this Council, as well as previous Councils," Cr Chambers said.
"I'm extremely excited to see the project come to fruition."
Funding for this project has been provided by the Federal Government ($3,961,482), the Queensland Government under Building our Regions ($3,698,983) and Maranoa Regional Council ($262,500).