Saleyards on target for January opening

Laying the foundations: Western Victoria Livestock Exchange (WVLX) director Rohan Arnold is looking forward to seeing the new saleyards take shape before its projected January 2018 opening.

MORTLAKE’S new saleyards continue to remain on target for a January opening, thanks to favourable weather over the first two months of winter.

Western Victoria Livestock Exchange (WVLX) director Rohan Arnold said the development was going “very well” two months into works.

“There’s already six kilometres of infrastructure installed underground,” he said.

Local contractors, including 25 local workers, have so far installed part of the structure which will hold up the walkways, as well as the concrete base for a number of pens.

Laying the foundations: Western Victoria Livestock Exchange (WVLX) director Rohan Arnold is looking forward to seeing the new saleyards take shape before its projected January 2018 opening.

Initial steelworks have begun, with a 30,000 square metre roof to soon allow for works to continue largely unaffected by future weather conditions underneath.

Mr Arnold hopes to host an open day with stock agents at the site later this month and said regional interest in the site was “very strong”.

“That’ll be good for the agents,” he said.

The developers expect to see a throughput of 175,000 cattle during its first year – with a capacity to sell 6000 weaners, 3000 trade cattle, 1500 cows and 150-plus bulls – drawing from areas such as Geelong and Ballarat.

The Connewarren Lane site includes 26 hectares of land to be irrigated and liquid and solid waste treatment facilities.

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