Ter­ri­tory Wil­lie to get the job done

Sunday Territorian - - NEWS - PHILLIPPA BUTT

THE up­grade to the Ber­rimah Ex­port Yards could be com­plete by Fe­bru­ary next year, if the Top End doesn’t re­ceive too much rain this wet sea­son.

A lo­cal fencing com­pany won the $190,000 con­tract for the fitout to the yards, Pri­mary In­dus­try Min­is­ter Ken Vowles will an­nounce to­day.

“Ter­ri­tory firm Tay­lors Fencing NT won the ten­der and has started work on the fitout of the site,” he said.

“Wil­lie Tay­lor has decades of ex­pe­ri­ence in the in­dus­try, from fencing and build­ing stock­yards to trans­port­ing live­stock all over the world, so the project is in good hands.

“I am look­ing for­ward to see­ing the com­pleted fitout and it is great to see another lo­cal busi­ness in­volved.

“Ying­wati Pty Ltd did the civil works, and Top End Sheds, MMC and Jakes Steel & Weld­ing were all in­volved in the con­struc­tion of the sheds, which hap­pened in around three short weeks.”

The $4.1 mil­lion up­grade be­gan in Au­gust, and will see the con­struc­tion of new shaded yards to hold 4000 cat­tle.

Mr Vowles said the up­grade would al­low cat­tle to be pro­cessed all year round which would see Dar­win bet­ter placed as the sup­plier of choice for live cat­tle and buf­falo ex­port.

“These up­grades have pro­vided an im­por­tant eco­nomic stim­u­lus and jobs and, once fin­ished, the Ter­ri­tory will have a world-class live ex­port fa­cil­ity to sup­port one of our ma­jor eco­nomic driv­ers.”

Pic­ture: MICHAEL FRANCHI

Massey Tay­lor, Daniel Ste­wart, and Wil­lie Tay­lor, from Tay­lor's Fencing are build­ing the new stock yards un­der the re­cently com­pleted shel­ter at the Ber­rimah ex­port yards

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