Exchange opening this Friday

HUNDREDS of community members will converge on the newly redeveloped Gippsland Regional Livestock Exchange when it officially opens this week.

On Friday community members, farmers and stock agents are invited to attend the official opening of the new facility.

Costing council $3.3 million, this brand new facility features modern infrastructure, including soft flooring, new weighing and drafting facilities and a water storage capacity of nearly one megalitre.

Wellington Shire mayor Darren McCubbin said this was a very exciting time for the agricultural industry in Wellington Shire.

“We have worked collaboratively on this project with farmers, stock agents and the Victorian Livestock Exchange to ensure we installed created the optimal environment for them to conduct their business,” Cr McCubbin said.

Formerly named the Sale Livestock Exchange, the facility has been renamed to the Gippsland Regional Livestock Exchange to better describe its new capabilities to keep up with an advancing agricultural industry.

The exchange is expected to attract farmers and stock agents from throughout Victoria, which will in turn benefit the Wellington Shire business sector.

Members of the community are invited to attend the official opening at 10am with the first cattle sale to be called at 11am.