For years the Roma Saleyards has held the title as Australia's largest cattle selling centre, and over the last five decades infrastructure has been upgraded to keep up with the ever growing cattle industry – with the most recent addition a three bay truck wash facility.
In its first year of operation in 1969, the Roma Saleyards saw 56,251 head of cattle move through the yards. Over the years this figure has grown and it is not uncommon for the Roma Saleyards to see over 400,000 head of cattle processed annually.
With these impressive numbers and the drive to remain the top cattle selling centre, Council is committed to breathing new life into the facility with the construction of a new multi-purpose facility.
Councillor Peter Flynn, Portfolio Chair for the Roma Saleyards, said the month long consultation period would ensure the community play an important role in the future of the iconic facility.
"The proposed upgrade will ensure that the Roma Saleyards remains the leading cattle selling centre in Australia – as the industry grows, our facility will be ready to match this growth," Cr Flynn said.
"We are calling on the entire community's involvement in deciding the future of the centre, because the Roma Saleyards is a major part of our regional identity and the new facility will benefit more than just the cattle industry."
The proposed upgrade includes the construction of a saleyards administration building with user workspaces, buyer check-off room and amenities, multi-purpose room for industry groups, dining and function area with kitchen, bull selling arena, interpretative centre, carpark, decking and ramps, landscaping and sewerage.
Council has applied for state and federal funding to support the implementation of this project.
Concept plans and a consultation survey will be available from Tuesday on Council's website www.mymaranoa.org.au/business/saleyards, with the community consultation closing on Wednesday, 3 May 2017.