Ten-year plan for ex­change

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Ag Life -

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 [email protected] 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.

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