Wangaratta Saleyards upgrade04/06/2015
A much-needed redevelopment of the Wangaratta Saleyards is now underway thanks to $500,000 in funding from the Victorian Government.
This upgrade will include new roofing over the existing yards, soft flooring, dust suppression system, lighting and stormwater drainage, yard modification, a new auctioneer’s walkway and a new stormwater capture and reuse system.
The redevelopment will boost the saleyards’ share of live cattle sales in Victoria and is expected to create up to 36 new jobs across the region, while increasing local economic activity by up to $5.5 million per annum.
The upgrade is due to be completed later this year.
The saleyards are the second largest in Victoria’s north east, hosting 65 sales annually with a throughput of about 50,000 cattle – accounting for 5 per cent of cattle auctioned state wide.
The facility employs eight people directly, and contributes a further 95 full times jobs to the region.
Benefits of the project also include safety improvements, enhanced comfort for patrons and stock, reductions in operational costs through reduced cleaning and water and compost reuse facilities.