Community consultation to guide saleyards’ future
2 November 2020
Community consultation will play a significant role when Southern Downs Regional Council considers the options for the future of the iconic Warwick Saleyards.
In 2019, Council commissioned the Warwick Saleyards Master Plan which addressed the sustainability of the current facility and made recommendations on future business operations.
Southern Downs Mayor Vic Pennisi said Council is considerably invested in the Warwick Saleyards Master Plan and would be guided by recommendations from this report, the Saleyards Business Case and the Saleyards Advisory Committee, as well as community and industry consultation.
“Council is committed to the region’s livestock industry and maintaining a sustainable and competitive market position for our saleyards,” Mayor Pennisi said.
“The current saleyards are reaching the end of their operational life without a significant investment. Our operations are not as efficient as other facilities in the broader region and we don’t make use of the modern practices and technology that is available to drive greater efficiency and benefits for the region.
“Council has had various reports presented to them over time to reinforce this situation and to advise Council on the future direction they should take.
“The Master Plan and Business Case are several platforms to base our decision making on and they highlight crucial issues which we have no choice but to address.
“There are many options on the table and I wish to take this opportunity to reassure the community that we are not considering leasing or selling the saleyards. They will remain a Council owned asset, managed and maintained by Council for the community until the community tells us otherwise.
“The future of the saleyards is a significant and strategic decision and we will consider all the options in consultation with the community and livestock industry.
“In reviewing the future of the saleyards, we will consider the facility’s viability and sustainability, animal welfare, environmental issues, industry standards, biosecurity, traffic management, information technology and workplace health and safety.
“The Warwick Saleyards have been a major pillar in the identity of the Southern Downs for nearly 60 years and we need to ensure our region has a quality and progressive facility which meets animal welfare requirements and industry best practice standards. These saleyards are iconic to the Southern Downs.”
Council will consider the Warwick Saleyards Master Plan and Business Case and the option of a greenfield or brownfield site further when a report is presented at the December 2020 Ordinary Council Meeting.
Council is also undertaking a brief survey. The survey can be completed on line at www.sdrc.qld.gov.au and https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SXMH8WD. Hard copies of the survey are also available at Council Administration buildings and the saleyards. The survey closes at midnight Wednesday 2 December 2020.