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18 December 2019
Horsham Rural City Council has marked the turning of the first sod as construction begins on the new $3.7-million roof over Horsham Regional Livestock Exchange.
Mayor Mark Radford, Member for Mallee Anne Webster, Member for Lowan Emma Kealy and Horsham Regional Livestock Exchange advisory board chairman Cr David Grimble were among attendees at the official ceremony.
All 23,400 square metres of the saleyards will be undercover, with the Horsham council committing $2.2-million to the project.
The Federal Government is contributing $1.49-million via its Building Better Regions Fund.
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Key long-term benefits from the roof include weather protection for livestock, staff, agents and buyers, improved livestock quality, carbon-emission reductions and reduced cleaning and maintenance costs.
The upgrade will also include LED lighting and solar panels and will enable water to be harvested and re-used.
Cr Radford said the project was an example of what could be achieved when different levels of government and the community worked towards a goal.
“This is another important step in the life of this successful council enterprise,” he said.
“The livestock exchange or saleyards used to be in the heart of Horsham.
“Over time, the relocation to Burnt Creek and a series of ongoing improvements, have kept the facility at the forefront of livestock transactional venues.
“The side benefits relating to design work, purchasing of quality material, manufacturing and assembly will all have a wide knock-on effect.”
The entire December 18, 2019 edition of The Weekly Advertiser is available online. READ IT HERE!
The entire December 18,, 2019 edition of AgLife is available online. READ IT HERE!