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Council unveils significant Saleyards upgrade

Thursday, 27 July, 2017

Euroa has cemented itself as the agricultural epicentre of North Eastern Victoria, with the Strathbogie Shire, celebrating the $500,000 completion of the exciting second stage of the saleyards redevelopment, with Minister for Agriculture and Regional Development, the Hon. Jaala Pulford officially opening the facility today (27 July, 2017).

With agriculture the biggest industry in the region, employing in excess of 800 residents, Council, with a significant funding boost from the State Government, has rejuvenated the facility, building on the momentum of stage one which saw a roof erected over the cattle pens in 2015.

Stage two involved the following key items:

  •  Relocating overhead power lines
  •  A new laneway to improve cattle circulation
  •  Roof extension to cover an additional 40 pens
  •  Upgrade of kiosk and meeting room

This second, innovative phase is designed to maximise natural light, ventilation, decrease sound and collect rainwater for re-use.

The roof provides shade and protection from the elements for both cattle and clients, enhancing the saleyards’ standing and competitiveness in the region, and ultimately its longevity and economic benefits.

Strathbogie Shire Mayor, Amanda McClaren said with stage one having been enthusiastically received by vendors and agents, delivering great economic benefits to the community and shire as a whole, stage two would only mean great things for the local economy.

"The Euroa Saleyards plays a big part in our local economy and our Shire’s economic development in so many ways," she said.

With 14 cattle sales a year, including the signature Black Angus Feature sales, Cr McClaren said the facility can handle the movement of up to 3500 animals per day.

"Euroa’s saleyards not only facilitate the sales of large numbers of livestock, but also play an important social and community connectivity role. The Saleyards have become an integral component of the social fabric of the town," she said.

The main building contractor for this project was Don Newnham Engineering of Euroa.

Planning is already underway for stage three of the Euroa Saleyards, which includes a second roof extension, additional pens, a relocation of the loading ramp and scales, to be placed in a more useable space.

 



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