A $3.7m (inc GST) project to upgrade the Wangaratta Livestock Exchange is well underway.
Browns Wangaratta are completing the works, aimed at increasing safety and comfort for livestock, agents, vendors, buyers and the general public.
Building a roof over the existing cattle yards is the major component of the project.
Two 400,000 litre tanks are also being built at the yards to capture stormwater from the roof, with that water then to be used for yard water, wash down purposes and dust suppression.
Yard modifications at the saleyards will result in a better configuration and additional pens.
Better access will be provided through new cattle laneways, walkways, ramps and paths to incorporate Disability Discrimination Act requirements.
The work is being done in three stages and at the completion of each stage ‘softfall’ will be placed throughout the yards.
The majority of the funding for the project has been provided through the Rural City of Wangaratta, while Council also received $500,000 from the State Government in the 2015/16 state budget, as well as $397,800 (ex GST) through the Living Victoria Fund.
Work on the project began in February 2015 and is expected to be completed in the second half of this year.
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