Cattle under cover

Article image - Cattle under cover Member for Wannon Dan Tehan and Mayor Mary-Ann Brown proudly display their vision for the HRLX upgrade.

Southern Grampians Shire Council, Victoria, has received a boost, with Minister for Education and Member for Wannon, Dan Tehan, announcing a contribution of $715,000 for the cattleyard roof at the Hamilton Regional livestock Exchange.

The funding, made available through the Australian Government’s Building Better Regions Fund, combined with Council’s contribution, will see the $1.3 million project complete by the end of 2019.

Council made the decision to roof the cattle yards at the Hamilton Regional Livestock Exchange (HRLX) following a review of operations in 2018.

The review comprised one-on-one discussions with key stakeholders including producers, buyers and agents to better understand the drivers and inhibitors to the Hamilton facility.

Council pursued the review in an effort to ensure not only the ongoing viability of HRLX, but to ensure growth of the current and future offerings.

Councillors agreed that the lack of a roof on the cattle yards has impacted cattle sales and it was the view of Council that commitment to this capital expenditure would entice agents and buyers to HRLX.

Mayor, Mary-Ann Brown, said Council was thrilled with the announcement from the Federal Government.

“Council were prepared to fully fund this roof, knowing how crucial it was to the ongoing viability of the saleyards.

“Now, thanks to this federal funding, we are able to have a first-class facility and have money left to allocate to other important projects for the region.”

The roof over the cattle yards follows $6.5 million investment in the facility in recent years, including roofing over the sheep yards and sealing of truck delivery areas.

The new roofed cattle area will also have the capacity to be used for sheep in peak periods, further increasing the capacity of HRLX for
sheep sales.