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

Top five developments to be completed

THIS year is setting up to be an exciting year for the Maranoa, as a number of development projects are under way.

Maranoa council provide a broad range of services and facilities across the region, but these are the top five projects that will be completed by the end of 2019:

Roma Saleyards Multi-Purpose Facility:

This multi-million dollar project is set to commence on, or shortly after, March 11, with the major components of the main buildings to be completed by December 13.

However, some works will continue into 2020.

The multi-purpose facility will include an interpretive centre to provide saleyard visitors with a unique experience while learning about the cattle and agriculture industry along with the history of the saleyards; a new bull selling arena which will allow for about 225 seats and will be fitted out with advanced technology; as well as upgraded parking, decking and ramps, and landscaping and sewerage.

The approved budget for the Roma Saleyards development project is $8,592,175 with funding contributed by the Federal Government's Building Better Regions Program ($3,961,482), the Queensland Government's Building our Regions Program ($3,698,983), Saleyards Reserves ($324,855) and the balance from Maranoa Regional Council.

Roma Saleyards Improvement Project:

The stage one of the saleyards development will see an increase in the number of receival and delivery yards and improve the processing of cattle through the facility, set to be completed by May.

The budget for the improvements was allocated $2,173,000 with funding contributed by the Queensland Government's Grants and Subsidies Program ($1,303,800) and the balance from council.

Duke Street South/Roma Southern roadworks:

The roads in Roma between Raglan Street (Warrego Hwy) and Corfe Road will include the replacement of the existing water main, upgrades to the stormwater drainage system, installation of concrete kerbing and widening of the road pavement, aiming to be finished by the of June.

The approved budget for the Duke St upgrade is $2,810,692.

The Rural Bore Project:

The $1million improvements to the rural bore project aims to address areas of acute water shortages across the Maranoa region.

This project will include the installation of four new water bores.

Mt Moffatt Gravel Resheet Project:

The $2.01million development project will upgrade 25km of the Mt Moffatt Rd from a single lane to a 7m wide gravel road, finishing December.