Farmers and users of the Hamilton Regional Livestock Exchange are set to benefit from improved saleyards with the completion of a series of upgrades to the sheep yards and surrounding facilities.
Member for Wannon, Dan Tehan said “the reconfiguration and increasing the capacity of the sheep yards, new roofing over the sheep pens to provide all-weather selling conditions, improvements to loading and receival for sheep, sealing of truck movement areas and other associated upgrades and improvements at the site bring the standard of the saleyards to a significantly higher level.”
“The roofing significantly improves amenity, welfare, water management and new investment opportunities for jobs growth,” said Mr Tehan.
“The completion of this project positions Hamilton Regional Livestock Exchange as one of the premier selling centres in Western Victoria,” said Mr Tehan.
“Other benefits of this project include the support of 20 jobs during construction and created a further 3 ongoing jobs, each of which will support our region well into the future.”
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the Australian Government’s $1,994,981 investment in vital regional infrastructure would provide long term benefits to south-western Victoria.
“In addition to a complete overhaul of the sale yard infrastructure, this investment has seen significant OH&S, animal welfare and environmental improvements at the site, and allow for increased throughput and support amenities at the site,” the Deputy Prime Minister said.
“The Morrison Government are committed to ensuring the future of our rural and regional communities, with the Hamilton Regional Livestock Exchange being just one example of our job-creating infrastructure investment pipeline delivering a real boost to the regions.”
Southern Grampians Shire Council Mayor Councillor Bruach Colliton said “The Hamilton Regional Livestock Exchange is a critical facility for our region and for our local economy. Over the last five years, we’ve seen significant investment here, from Council and both State and Australian Government.”
“HRLX has an important role to play nationally in supporting agricultural production and we are grateful that the strategic importance of this facility in the centre of the south west has been recognised.Thanks to the federal funding contribution, we were able to complete this first-class facility and safeguard the growth of this vital asset and its operations,” Cr Colliton said.
“We are very appreciative of the ongoing support from the Member for Wannon and the Australian Government towards our region,” Cr Colliton concluded.
This project received $1,994,981 in funding from the Australian Government under the National Stronger Regions Fund Round 2, with the Southern Grampians Shire Council contributing $2,025,749.