Sa­le­yard up­grades pro­posal

Southern Riverina news - - NEWS - By James Ben­nett

Plans to up­grade the Fin­ley Saleyards are be­ing ex­plored by the Ber­ri­gan Shire Coun­cil and sa­le­yard op­er­a­tor Scan­clear.

Although in the early stages of plan­ning, po­ten­tial up­grades in­clude new sheep and cattle ramps and im­proved light­ing.

Ac­cord­ing to Ber­ri­gan Shire di­rec­tor of cor­po­rate ser­vices Matt Hansen, the pro­posed sheep and cattle ramps will be safer and have eas­ier ac­cess for trans­port op­er­a­tors.

‘‘New im­prove­ments to the sheep and cattle ramps will al­low large trucks such as B dou­bles bet­ter ac­cess to the saleyards off Hamil­ton Street,’’ Mr Hansen said.

‘‘We’ve seen over the past three years larger num­bers go­ing through the saleyards, and we want to con­tinue to cater for larger num­bers of sheep and cattle.

‘‘It’s too hard to say if those num­bers will be main­tained (be­cause of the drought con­di­tions) but we’re pre­par­ing for the long term fu­ture.

‘‘Ber­ri­gan Shire Coun­cil is com­mit­ted to the fu­ture of the saleyards and from the tech­ni­cal ad­vice this could have a last­ing im­pact of more than 20 years.

‘‘The Fin­ley Saleyards are an in­te­gral part of the Fin­ley econ­omy and com­mu­nity.’’

If any up­grades go ahead, they will be the first ma­jor ren­o­va­tions to the saleyards since 1999.

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