A NEW cattle crush with pneumatic operations and scanning ability, lighting under the proposed roof, road widening and increasing the number of yards under cover are among the new additions to the planned upgrade of the Mount Gambier and District Saleyards.
The state government has committed a further $1.85 million to the existing transformation project to take its total investment in the project to $2.7m.
This will be matched by the District Council of Grant to the tune of $3m, with the council set to apply to the federal government for another $5.3m.
The total cost of the revised saleyards project has risen from $5m to $11m, taking into account a more complex and detailed project scope, which would enhance worker safety and animal wellbeing, and cater for increased material costs, including roofing steel.
There will be construction of a roof over the cattle yards (an area of approximately 13,600 square metres) to cover cattle selling pens and enclose areas to the west and east of the existing weighbridge and construction of a new roof over the existing calf shed.
The saleyards, owned and managed by the District Council of Grant, facilitated more than $593m worth of livestock transactions over the past five years.
Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development David Basham said the Marshall Government was pleased to significantly increase its funding commitment for a comprehensive upgrade and expansion of the saleyards.
"We recognise the significant positive contribution the saleyards make to the local economy and jobs on the Limestone Coast, and we are delighted to be able to further boost our funding to ensure the saleyards attract more of the region's livestock into the future," he said.
"This funding will help ensure the provision of modern, industry standard infrastructure, such as soft flooring for animal welfare and roofing to be installed to improve worker comfort and safety."
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