I am pleased to say that we now have a path forward for the redevelopment of Swan Hill Regional Livestock Exchange. The exchange received funding for a $1.7 million upgrade, but cattle producers recently raised concerns about a proposed change in selling method. As a result, a local committee was formed to review the proposal and included livestock agents, producers, transporters, the VFF and Council representatives. At Tuesday’s Council meeting, Councillors agreed to proceed with the committee’s advice. The current ring selling method will now remain, but there will be changes to the ring and surrounding yard infrastructure to improve cattle flow, sale efficiency and occupational health and safety. Council will work with expert yard designers to design and cost changes. Work on other elements of the redevelopment, including upgrades to the truck wash, effluent system and sheep yards will continue as planned. I want to personally thank each committee member for volunteering their time and expertise to help us reach this point. I look forward to continuing work to improve the cattle yards in 2018.
Plans for new service station
Also at Tuesday’s Council meeting, Councillors agreed to issue a planning permit for a new 24-hour service station and convenience restaurant on the corner of Karinie Street and the Murray Valley Highway, near the saleyards. The station will provide a welcome service for truck drivers and holiday makers travelling through our area, and using the Karinie Street industrial area.
A merry and safe Christmas
As we sign off for 2017, I want to wish you a merry Christmas from everyone at Council. May it be filled with all those good Christmas things – food, festivities, family and friends.