Kim Chance

Kim Chance

Minister for Agriculture and Food; Forestry; the Mid West and Wheatbelt; Great Southern

    Minister welcomes planning decision for saleyards

    15/12/2005 12:00 AM

    Agriculture Minister Kim Chance today welcomed the Shire of Chittering’s unanimous decision to grant planning approval for the construction of the new saleyards in Muchea.

    Last night’s decision gives the Western Australian Meat Industry Authority (WAMIA) approval to construct a new state of the art multi-species livestock centre at Muchea.

    Mr Chance said the planning approval was another key milestone for the relocation project and would enable WAMIA to finalise the detailed plans through tender for the new yards. It would also allow WAMIA to exercise the option to purchase the land upon which the facility will be situated.

    “The livestock centre is a $16million investment by the State Government in the Muchea area, for the benefit of the WA meat and livestock industry,” the Minister said.

    “More than $100million of livestock, from all parts of the State, will be marketed annually through the facility.”

    The livestock centre, as the replacement for the old Midland Saleyards, will provide regional producers with an opportunity to participate in an open and competitive marketplace and to give buyers an efficient and secure method of sourcing their livestock requirements.

    Mr Chance congratulated Shire President Cr Jan Stagbouer, CEO Kenn Donohoe and the Chittering Shire Council for supporting this vital piece of infrastructure for the state’s livestock industry.

    “This project has been marked by a strong partnership approach from the Shire since its inception,” he said.

    “We now look forward to progressing the Works Approval for the Livestock Centre, the next major milestone for the project team at WAMIA. The Livestock Centre provides the opportunity to create a focal point for industry and appropriate industrial development in the Muchea area to promote regional growth.

    “I am delighted that the Midland Saleyard relocation project remains on target for construction by the end of 2006.

    “This represents a significant investment by the Gallop Government and the Shire of Chittering in both agriculture and regional Western Australia.”

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