Research is showing that the mateship support that saleyards provide is beneficial in a way that no other community gathering offers for men in rural settings.
Heather Ellis is the consultant for a research project that aims to quantify the value that saleyards have to the social fabric of rural communities and she said they were finding that saleyards create their own community.
“I don’t have the factual data yet but there’s a real benefit for people with things in common,” she said. “Festivals and shows do it too, but this is different in a way – I think it’s about the ongoing mate support.”
Ms Ellis was at Blackall last week for the second set of interviews in a series that began at the Coolabunia Saleyards near Kingaroy, with a brief…