The much-maligned new Roma Saleyard Fees will be removed refunds issued to those who have paid in good faith.
That’s the decision out of today’s Special Council meeting called to discuss community concern about the new charges.
Deputy Mayor Jan Chambers, who brought the proposal to Council on behalf of Council says as evidenced by the last few months, there have been different views within and between groups of stakeholders and their representatives within vendor, buyer and agent groups.
Council examined the list of concerns expressed through the consolation over recent weeks ahead of making its decision to scrap the Fee and issue refunds.
The meeting also decided today to look to the following actions for the Saleyards moving forward:
• Expand the draft prospectus/booklet on the Saleyards.
• Separately consider the new Multipurpose Facility.
• Undertake a full review of costs.
• Undertake a full review of fees and charges.
• Formalize a detailed Business Plan.
• Review our consultation framework.
Deputy Mayor Chambers says these additional steps will provide valuable input into future budget deliberations, and assist in providing further information on key areas of interest to our community.
“On behalf of Council, I thank all buyers who supported the Roma Saleyards by making payment upon receipt of the invoice. We are grateful for their cooperation during a time of change.”
“In a constantly changing business environment, it is critically important that we work together to ensure that the Roma Saleyards remains the number one cattle selling centre in Australia – it is not something Council can achieve alone.”