Largest Livestock Saleyards In Australia And Southern Hemisphere Marks 50 Years

Largest Livestock Saleyards In Australia And Southern Hemisphere Marks 50 Years

Queensland Minister for Agricultural Industry Development Mark Furner

Queensland Minister for Local Government Stirling Hinchliffe

Roma Saleyards Celebrate 50 Years

Victor P Taffa

Maranoa community is today celebrating 50 years of livestock trading at the Roma Saleyards, the largest in Australia and the southern hemisphere.

More than 400,000 cattle a year pass through the Roma Saleyards, with buyers and sellers attending the facility from all over Queensland and Australia.

Minister for Local Government Stirling Hinchliffe and Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries Mark Furner were in Roma to help celebrate the significant milestone.

Minister Hinchliffe said the saleyards were not only an important economic focal point for the Maranoa Region, but a popular regional tourism destination.

“Fifty years is a significant milestone, and the history that comes with that is part of the rich cultural heritage of this region.” Minister Hinchliffe said.

“We want to ensure the saleyards continue to grow and prosper and remain a state-of-the-art facility for buyers and sellers for the next 50 years.”

“That’s why we recently announced funding of $1.3 Million for Stage 1 of the saleyards’ improvement plan, jointly funded with the Maranoa Regional Council, increasing the holding capacity and overall productivity.” Minister Hinchliffe said.

“156 new selling pens and 2 new drafting yards will ensure the largest saleyards in the Southern Hemisphere remain an important economic focal point for the region.”

“More importantly, this project created or supported almost 20 jobs that equates to security for families in the Roma area and encourages young people to come here or stay here to continue to contribute economically to this community.” Minister Hinchliffe said.

Minister Furner said Queensland was an agricultural powerhouse.

“Cattle industry is growing jobs in Queensland according to the most recent ABS figures, and beef exports hit $5.8 Billion in the last year.” Minister Furner said.

“That sort of success needs to be backed by infrastructure and this kind of investment will make sure the industry can expand and grow the regional jobs we need today and into the future.”

Minister Furner said all levels of government were also contributing to a new $7.6 Million Multi-purpose Facility at the Saleyards, with the Queensland Government committing $3.69 Million through the Building Our Regions program.

 

QLD Minister for Local Government Stirling Hinchliffe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“By early next year, visitors will be able to enjoy this new facility with canteen and Interpretative Centre, and a new state-of-the-art stud stock selling arena.” Minister Furner said.

“Having a saleyard transformed into a tourist attraction in its own right is surely an iconic measure of the appeal of country Queensland.”

“Tourism is a long-term sustainable industry for regional Queensland and through times of drought can carry these communities through tough times.” Minister Furner said.

“That’s why we’re committed to not only supporting the agricultural industry, investing in infrastructure but also boosting tourism in regional Queensland.”

“I commend Maranoa Mayor Tyson Golder and his council for their 21st century vision for the saleyards, which will now draw more buyers and sellers and more tourists to the region.” Minister Furner said.

Maranoa Regional Council, which operates the Roma Saleyards, reduced selling fees by 50 % today to celebrate the facility’s 50th anniversary.

Abbreviations:

ABS                Australian Bureau of Statistics