Previous research has established that saleyards and livestock exchange facilities provide extensive economic value to regional Australia; but there is also a huge social benefit to having operating saleyards in these areas. Sale days bring crowds to towns; are multi-generational events and are a meeting place for people who normally might lead a more isolated life. Sale days are also known to be key contact places for service providers to connect with communities for information sharing and service access.
ALMA commissioned a research project investigating the social value of saleyards to rural communities. The project sought to capture what sale day means to community members, service providers and saleyard stakeholders. Site visits for face-to-face interviews along with virtual interviews were carried out at 11 saleyards across Queensland, New South Wales, South Australia and Victoria.
The project report will be a valuable tool in working with all levels of government and the livestock industry to help shape future policy and funding direction.
The purpose of this project was to visit Neighbourhood Centres in the remote areas of Far Western
Queensland, interviewing key stakeholders with the intention of establishing recommendations for
NCQ to assist Neighbourhood Centres in Drought Resilience. Research participants share their lived
experiences from working and being a part of communities affected by drought and natural
disaster and their need for further networking and professional development.
The research follows and explores several thematic areas: Staff recruitment and Education; Policies
& Reconciliation Action Plans & Board Inductions; Networking Sub-Groups; Learnings & Insights;
Funding; Drought Resilience; Place based Community Issues. This report highlighted five key
recommendations for NCQ to facilitate, with the implementation of the first two well and truly
underway in the organisations and the remainder incorporated into further strategic planning.