DAMAGE: A fallen tree caused water and electrical damage to the Coolabunia Saleyard canteen during the severe storm on October 11.
DAMAGE: A fallen tree caused water and electrical damage to the Coolabunia Saleyard canteen during the severe storm on October 11. James Bredhauer

Saleyard makes a comeback after severe storms

LOYALTY from the community has assisted a cattle saleyard to thrive in its recovery from severe storms.

Coolabunia Saleyards reopened on November 6 for their first sale since the severe storms that hit the South Burnett on October 11.

Aussie Land and Livestock owner James Bredhauer said it was a successful sale with 504 head of cattle.

"The cattle sold well, lots of people turned up,” he said.

Representatives from BIEDO, South Burnett Regional Council, the Queensland Rural Industry Development Authority and health services were present at the sale to provide extra support to the vendors and buyers.

"We're just glad to get the community back under way, going back to business as usual, and if we can help to get those services in that's a good thing,” Mr Bredhauer said.

He was overwhelmed by the support from the buyers and vendors, who had held cattle when the saleyard reopening was postponed.

"That's why we had such a good roll-up on numbers, we had good vendor support and we had good buyer support,” he said.

There was almost a month of work involving many staff, contractors and volunteers to get the saleyard at an operating standard.

"It was a fair bit of damage,” Mr Bredhauer said.

The Lions Club donated one of their caravans to temporarily substitute the damaged canteen, which will take time to repair.

A tree had fallen on the canteen during the storm, causing significant water and electrical damage.

"There'd been water damage at the canteen, water got in the switchboards, which blew up, and the underground electrical cables blew up,” Mr Bredhauer said.

The yards are also running off generator power, as all of the lights were damaged - during the storm the wind blew the lightning arresters off the top of the poles.

CCTV cameras were also torn off at the saleyard and the airconditioning units got blasted.

The next big sale at the Coolabunia Saleyards will be the droughtmaster female sale on November 24.

"We've got enough infrastructure working to make it work,” Mr Bredhauer said.

"That brings a lot of money into the town that stud sale, it's a really good one for the town to have.”