Ten-year plan for exchange
Work is set to begin on a master plan and enterprise plan for Horsham Regional Livestock Exchange.
The plans will set the future direction for the exchange for the next 10 to 20 years.
Three key areas will be addressed in the plan: Infrastructure. A review of existing assets and future needs and opportunities; Operations. Examining the sale-day and general activities to run the saleyards including its financial position; Strategic. Aiming to understand the future directions that livestock sales might follow and the position required to be strongly competitive.
Short-term issues the master plan will address include accommodating electronic identification of sheep and lamb movements, and assessing the need for roofing of the exchange.
Exchange board chairman David Grimble said community and stakeholder input was being sought as part of the preparation of the plan.
“We want to hear from people who can help us to identify issues that should be addressed in the master plan and provide advice on the directions the saleyards should take,” he said. “A series of meetings have been arranged for this purpose and we hope to see lots of representatives attend so we can get as much input as possible.”
A key stakeholder workshop will be between 1.30pm and 3pm today at the exchange and a community-stakeholder consultation meeting, also at the exchange, will be between 6pm and 7.30pm.
People can also organise an individual meeting time by calling Danielle Fowler on 5382 9724 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively, stakeholders can also provide information through industry representatives on the exchange board.
Representatives are Cr David Grimble, Neville Mcintyre, Victorian Farmers Federation; Vince Muscat, Horsham Stock Agents Association; Graeme Astbury, buyers representative; Gordon Fischer, Livestock Transporters Association of Victoria; Ray Zippel, community representative; Paul Christopher, exchange manager; John Martin, Horsham Rural City Council technical services director; and Rob Moir, Horsham council operations manager.