OPPORTUNITY: Expressions of interest are sought for tender of Coolabunia saleyards.
OPPORTUNITY: Expressions of interest are sought for tender of Coolabunia saleyards. Katherine Morris

Council moves to open saleyards and dips to tender

SOUTH Burnett Regional Council has called for expressions of interest from organisations that want to run its Coolabunia saleyards and other dipping facilities.

Applicants have been asked to submit a business plan to run the saleyards and dipping facilities as a combined operation or separately.

They include the Coolabunia, Wondai, Proston and Nanango dips.

Deputy Mayor Kathy Duff said the council had been approached by a number of businesses that wanted to lease the saleyards.

"There's the opportunity for someone to manage the facilities better than council does,” Cr Duff said.

The expressions of interest will inform how the council draws up a future tender process.

To maintain commercial confidence with regards to the material in the expressions of interest, the council will run the process a little differently than they would otherwise.

Parties that want to submit proposals will have to register with the council first to get a hold of the documents needed to draw up the application.

Documentation submitted won't need to resemble, word for word, their tender application as the terms of the tender will change.

"It's a good opportunity to test the market, I'm excited to see what comes out in the expressions of interest,” Cr Duff said.

Councillors voted to postpone a fee increase until after the tender is finalised at a meeting on Wednesday.

The dipping, transport and sale fees were due to increase in line with the current fee at the Murgon yards. Cr Duff said a price rise would create unnecessary confusion.

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