Saleyards upgrade contract awarded

THE $3.3 million upgrade of the Sale Livestock Exchange is a great example of Wellington Shire Council working together with project stakeholders, according to a councillor.

Council last week awarded the contract to construct the selling shed at the facility. It follows the beginning of works on removing existing pens last month.

A contract was previously awarded for the buyers walkway, while the fit-out of the selling shed and civil works, such as site access, are in the pre-planning stages.

Construction is scheduled to be completed over the next 12 to 18 months.

The $3.3 million cost will be spread over three years.

Councillor Patrick McIvor said everyone in the project should be proud of the result.

“It’s been long-standing conundrum of how we solve this problem,” he said.

“Those involved know that the stock levels are not as high as they have been in the past and there was a period of time where we were really worried about the future of the facility, and the retail and wholesale sectors that were attached and have benefited from all the activity that happened there.

“It’s safe to say that there’s a whole lot more faith that’s been restored through this process.”

Cr McIvor said council had worked closely with all involved in the saleyards to ensure their input into every aspect of the project.

“The agents, the buyers, the sellers, (saleyards manager) the Victorian Livestock Exchange, all those people involved are really starting to get the positive message out there that not only are we talking about doing this, once and for all, we’re doing it,” he said.

“The shovels are there, the fences are there, the demolition’s happening, and now the next stage, the construction of the shed, is definitely happening.

“So once and for all, people can see that the work’s happening and the good word can spread out there.”