Queensland Senator James McGrath and Maranoa Regional Councillor Cameron O'Neil turned the soil for the new Roma Saleyards project on Tuesday.
Queensland Senator James McGrath and Maranoa Regional Councillor Cameron O'Neil turned the soil for the new Roma Saleyards project on Tuesday. Molly Hancock

A turn of soil in the right direction

THE Roma Saleyards is preparing to begin construction on it's exciting new project after the official turning of the soil on Tuesday morning.

The new Multi Purpose facility is set to commence in the immediate future, boasting a range of state of the art services.

Councillor and deputy mayor Jan Chambers said the new precinct was entering a new era of development.

"The Saleyards in the beef industry itself is in entrenched in Roma's history and plays a key part in the region's economic growth,” she said.

"Councillors continued to seek funding to further the master plan and we are delighted to have received a funding commitment of $3.961 million under the Australian Government's Building Better Regions program and a further funding commitment of $3.698 million from the Queensland Government, under the Building Our Regions program, with council also contributing a further $262,500 to the project,” Cr Chambers said.

Councillor and chair portfolio for Roma Saleyards, Peter Flynn said other highlights included a new bull selling area, a multi purpose area, additional car parking, landscaping, connection to the sewerage and decking to connect the facility to the existing catwalk in the the selling centre.

"The new bull selling arena will allow for approximately 225 seats, fitted out with advanced technology, which will increase sale numbers that currently generate 500 million per annum,” he said.

"We have received five tenders for the project, including one local tender. The tender award date will be around October 24 with completion due in November 2019.”