The fate of the Warwick Saleyards lies in the hands of Southern Downs residents, who now have a better chance to vote on what happens to the iconic site.

The Southern Downs Regional Council voted this week to extend the survey’s closing date to Thursday, December 31, 2020.

In 2019, council commissioned the Warwick Saleyards Master Plan which addressed the sustainability of the current facility and made recommendations on future business operations.

Council was later advised the current saleyards are reaching the end of their operational life.

As it stands, the following suggestions have been made as to what could be done to restore the site to its former glory:

– Renovate the existing infrastructure at the current site to a safe and reasonable operating standard

– Build a new complex in stages on the current site

– Build a new complex on a new site

Mayor Vic Pennisi said Council was committed to attracting as much feedback as possible to gauge what the community wants in terms of the future of the site.

“I can assure you, council is taking the future of the saleyards very seriously and our approach to this important decision will be thorough, consultative and informed,” he said.

“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.

“We will be guided by recommendations from the Warwick Saleyards Master Plan, the Saleyards Business Case and the Saleyards Advisory Committee, as well as community and industry consultation.

“Council has extended the closing date of the Warwick Saleyards Survey until the end of the year and I encourage interested parties and industry representative to please take the time and have their say by Thursday 31 December 2020.”

The survey can be completed on line at www.sdrc.qld.gov.au and https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SXMH8WD.

Originally published as VOTE: You can decide fate of historic local site



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