Western Australia Premier Colin Barnett
Western Australia Minister for Agriculture & Food Terry Redman
Funding Injection to Secure Future Saleyard Network
Victor P Taffa
The Liberal-National Government will deliver on a Major Election Commitment and invest $21.5 Million towards developing and modernising three key Regional Saleyards, providing a Major Boost to Western Australia’s Livestock Industries.
Premier Colin Barnett and Agriculture and Food Minister Terry Redman visited Katanning to announce the $17 Million funding for the construction of new Sheep Saleyards at Katanning and $2.2 Million to kick start a replacement for the Boyanup Cattle facilities.
The State Government will also provide $2.3 Million to the Shire of Plantagenet to clear debt from Cattle Saleyards at Mt. Barker and provide a solid business basis for the yard’s future.
Under the Plan, Katanning and Plantagenet Shires will continue to own and operate the facilities. Katanning’s Saleyards will be built in a Prime Location away from the Town Centre.
Premier Barnett said the investment highlighted the State Government’s recognition of the vital contribution of the Agriculture Sector in WA.
“The Livestock Industries are a key part of the Regional WA Economy and Saleyards continue to be a Trading Hub for Producers, Restockers, Agents, Processors, Transporters and Exporters.” Premier Barnett said.
“The Livestock industry and the Regional community have been calling for improvements to the State’s Regional Saleyards for many years.”
“The Liberal-National Government has listened and taken concerted action to ensure this industry has modern and efficient infrastructure and facilities to enable its growth and prosperity.”
Agriculture and Food Minister Terry Redman said the funding commitment for Regional Sites followed the opening of the $54 Million Muchea Livestock Centre earlier this year.
“This investment will help ensure WA’s major Saleyards feature high standards of Occupational Health and Safety, Environmental Management and Animal Welfare.” Mr. Redman said.
“It will provide for contemporary facilities to ensure stock are efficiently processed for sale and presented in optimal condition.”
Mr. Redman said the Department of Agriculture and Food consulted widely across the sector to progress a modern and appropriate Regional Saleyards network for the future.
The Shire of Capel has indicated support for provision of Saleyard Services at Boyanup to be funded by the Private Sector and the State Government.