UPGRADE: Keith Crouch and Allan Seawright of Glenray at Roma Saleyards Tuesday's store sale.
UPGRADE: Keith Crouch and Allan Seawright of Glenray at Roma Saleyards Tuesday's store sale. Contributed

New selling pens and drafts for Roma Saleyards

ROMA Saleyards is set to undergo a big upgrade in the form of new selling pens and drafts, which will increase the efficiency of moving cattle to and from the yards.

The pens will be constructed on the eastern side to make way for additional receival/delivery yards on the western side.

Councillor Peter Flynn, portfolio chairman for the saleyards, said with new infrastructure set to reduce unloading and loading times, as well as improve cattle movement throughout the facility, this was an exciting development.

"The saleyards has seen a lot of action over the last few months with works on the hardstand and carpark, new entrance and the United Petroleum truck stop,” Cr Flynn said.

"Now we are going to see construction kick off in the yards themselves.”

The first stage of the Roma Saleyards Improvement Plan received $1.3 million from the State Government's 2017-19 Local Government Grants and Subsidies Program.

Maranoa Regional Council appointed Brett Pollock Constructions Pty Ltd as preferred tenderer for the construction of the first stage in a win for the town.

"It is great to see a highly regarded local business being awarded the contract and Council is very much looking forward to seeing the construction underway,” Cr Flynn said.

Earthworks are already under way to prepare for the construction works and a new workshop for internal use will be placed in a different location to make way for the yard improvements.