WARWICK SALEYARDS: Council to hold meeting to discuss future
THE future of the Warwick Saleyards has been cause for concern among many residents for some time and now the Southern Downs Regional Council has called a community meeting to discuss the contentious topic.
The council yesterday announced the public meeting will be held on Wednesday, June 6 at 5.30pm.
Residents are invited to attend the meeting at Warwick Town Hall, which will also be attended by mayor Tracy Dobie and the Southern Downs councillors and officers.
The council has advised the meeting will focus on the outcome of the recent tender process undertaken by the council and members of the community will also be able to ask questions.
In May last year, the council started an expressions of interest process for the management of the saleyards despite fielding heavy criticism from some ratepayers.
The council then moved to enter a refined tender process for the saleyards in September.
At the time, the council pressed the saleyards were not for sale and the process would allow the council and Saleyards Advisory Committee to explore how the private sector might be able to improve efficiency and ensure competitive prices for producers and sellers.
Southern Downs Mayor Tracy Dobie in September said that while the council had run the Saleyards effectively to this point, that professional experienced management is necessary to ensure best practice.