Politics put aside for the success of Roma Saleyards
PEOPLE may have lost faith in Australian politics but the Roma Saleyards is one example where the three tiers of government have put opposing views behind them and worked for the greater good of the Maranoa community.
Three major dignitaries including Federal Senator James McGrath, attending on behalf of the Prime Minister Scott Morrison, Local Government Minister Stirling Hinchliffe and Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries Mark Furner were in Roma to help celebrate the significant 50-year milestone.
Senator McGrath said it took all levels of government to deliver such a fantastic project.
"What this really shows is the vision of a council that wants to make sure this stays the largest cattle selling facility in the southern hemisphere,” Senator McGrath said.
"It shows we are one Queensland, we don't want walls between city and country, we want to build facilities like this so rural Queensland has a future.”
Mr 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,” Mr 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.”
Mr Furner said all levels of government were contributing to the new $7.6 million multi-purpose facility at the saleyards, with the Queensland Government committing $3.69 million through the Building Our Regions program.
"Having a saleyard transformed into a tourist attraction in its own right is surely an iconic measure of the appeal of country Queensland,” Mr Furner said.
"And as the saying goes, if you build it, they will come.
"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,” Mr Furner said.