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Listen: Outrage after council challenges heritage listing that saved beloved Beaudesert saleyard

Beaudesert is a town of 6000 in Queensland's Scenic Rim Region, just an hour from Brisbane and the Gold Coast. Every second Monday people gather in the centre of town for the pig and calf sales.

Stock sales have been drawing people to the town for over one-hundred years.

Peter Hayes has been auctioneer and lessee of the Beaudesert pig and calf saleyard for 19 years. Picture: Larraine Sathicq

Peter Hayes has been auctioneer and lessee of the Beaudesert pig and calf saleyard for 19 years. Picture: Larraine Sathicq

And in February the Beaudesert pig and calf saleyard was granted state heritage status.

The timber saleyard was built in 1961. It's one of only a few remaining purpose-built local pig and calf saleyards left in Queensland.

But in an unusual case, Scenic Rim Regional Council is appealing against the heritage listing.

Beaudesert Pig and Calf Saleyard met four of the state heritage criteira to qualify for protection. Picture: Queensland Government

Beaudesert Pig and Calf Saleyard met four of the state heritage criteira to qualify for protection. Picture: Queensland Government

We speak to community members outrages by council's plans to tear down the saleyard and ask council for its side of the story.

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This story The story of one town's fight to retain its heritage first appeared on Newcastle Herald.