There has been a huge amount of progress on the Multi-Purpose Facility project with this week seeing the first concrete pour for the floor of the Interpretive Centre. All concreting finishing for the Multi-Purpose Facility is being conducted by local business Allwood Building Services.
Allwood Building Services Director Les Allwood said we are currently in the early stages of preparing and pouring the foundations for the Stud Stock Arena and starting the suspended deck pours. We currently have four employees on site but at times can have up to ten being such a large project.
"It is great to see Hutchinson Builders as the Principal Contractor engaging local sub-contractors to carry out components of this project. It is always great to have work locally, so by them providing us with this opportunity helps keep locals employed," Mr Allwood said.
So far, the project has seen key activities completed including the first blocks being laid in the undercroft area of the new Administration Building, the completion of the block work and foundation beam, placement of in ground services and exhibition platform earthworks to the Stud Arena.
Federal Member for Maranoa David Littleproud said the multi-purpose facility will boost the local economy and give beef producers more options when it comes to marketing and selling their cattle.
"Roma is Australia's largest cattle selling centre and I look forward to seeing its continued growth after the development is completed," Mr Littleproud said.
"This modern facility will enhance sales opportunities with its digital infrastructure and the interpretive centre will be an important asset explaining how the cattle industry works to passing tourists."
Councillor Peter Flynn, Portfolio Chair for the Roma Saleyards said it is great to see the progress of this major project coming along smoothly.
"With the project now in its 14th week of construction, it is spectacular to see the development and the outline of some of the buildings all coming together. It really is great to see this project unfold," Cr Flynn said.
Once the concrete slab has been completed, construction of the building frames will commence, including an Administration Building, Interpretive Centre, Canteen and a Multipurpose Room.
The multi-million dollar project will take place in 3 stages:
- Stage 1 - Construction of the Multi-Purpose Facility which includes an Administration Centre, amenities, canteen and the Interpretive Centre is anticipated to be completed by December 2019 with fitout works to begin after construction works are completed.
- Stage 2 – Demolition of existing buildings
- Stage 3 – The construction of the Stud Stock Selling arena which will seat 263 people and will provide state of the art audio visual facilities.
Funding for this project has been provided by the Australian Government through the Building Better Regions Fund program ($3,961,482), the Queensland Government under Building our Regions ($3,698,983), Saleyards Reserves ($324,855) and the balance from Maranoa Regional Council.