15 November, 2023
Work To Commence At Warwick Saleyards
Southern Downs Regional Council has awarded the construction tender to redevelop the Warwick Saleyards with the primary objective of addressing animal welfare and workplace health and safety concerns.
Co-funded by Council, with $4.5M awarded in 2022 under the Australian Government’s Black Summer Bushfire Recovery Grants Program, the $7.5M project balances immediate infrastructure issues with a future-focused strategy whilst allowing the project to remain viable within a tight budget.
Southern Downs Mayor Vic Pennisi said works are expected to commence shortly and the necessary upgrades will secure a sustainable future for the saleyards and support the region’s biggest industry.
“The Warwick Saleyards is a major economic pillar in the identity of the Southern Downs and the facility has been connecting our rural and agricultural community with stock and station agents for more than 60 years,” Mayor Pennisi said.
“However, the livestock industry has evolved since the saleyards started operating and there is no question that development is needed to ensure the region has quality facilities which meet current animal welfare standards and industry trends.
“The saleyards’ future has been the focus of extensive discussion and consultation with the community and industry representatives, and Council has reviewed a number of options.
“We had an extensive wish list that was unfortunately beyond our financial reach. The untimely impacts of rising building costs dictate that we need to be realistic and responsible with what is affordable, and this Council voted to deliver upgrades within its fiscal means.
“We are not ruling out future stages or ideas but this is where we must start to ensure human and animal safety standards are met.”
It is anticipated that stage 1 will be complete in March 2024 and stage 2 in May 2024.