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Trucks continue saleyard parking

A new project could solve the problem of truck parking at the saleyards.
A new project could solve the problem of truck parking at the saleyards.

A NEW local law will not be put in place to stop truck drivers using the Warwick Saleyards for parking.

The committee is growing increasingly frustrated at the number of trucks parking in the saleyards.

But council agreed with its finance manager, Gillian Buganey, that a local law could cause more grief rather than help address the issue.

However, at this week’s Corporate Services Committee meeting council resolved to work with the Saleyards Committee to investigate a public or private facility for heavy vehicles.

A Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR)-funded project could provide the solution.

At present it is drawing up $300,000 plans for a truck park in the Industrial Estate.

“TMR consulted with industry as part of preliminary planning for the proposed site,” a TMR spokeswoman said.

“And wider consultation will be undertaken early next year as part of design finalisation works.”

The Saleyards Committee has also faced backlash from long-term customers over its decision to implement holding fees.

One customer, who says he has attended the sales every week for some 30 years, asked for the fees, which were introduced earlier this year to stop buyers leaving stock for days, to be removed.

In his letter he said: “The livestock of approx 10 to 15 head are only left there for a few days and are always fed by ourselves.

“We do not utilise the services of any Southern Downs Regional Shire employees for this purpose.”

He continued, saying his company supported local business but if the fee continued, he would have to “revise” his “business operations”.

This could mean a loss of custom for the saleyards.

Council decided yesterday to write to the company, as recommended by the committee, to charge the minimum of $40 a week but only if the cattle were removed by the Sunday after the Tuesday sale.

It’s not all doom and gloom on the subject of the saleyards, however, and plans are being put into place for the 50th year anniversary of the first sale, which happens next year.

The committee made suggestions for research on the history of the saleyards and various events to be held to help the celebration be successful.

Cr Neil Meiklejohn suggested RADF funding could be available to help with the project.

Meanwhile Crs Jo McNally and Ross Bartley stressed how much of an honour it was that many of those involved with the first sale were still in our community.




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