Clock ticks on saleyard development
Concerned farmers are wary about the clock beating the proposed South West saleyard development’s timeline, questioning if the project will be complete by 2022.
The preferred respondent to manage the region’s new saleyard is expected to be announced in October. A State Government panel is mulling over two applicants.
The existing 58-year-old Boyanup saleyard is slated to close in 2022, leaving a successful applicant less than two-and-half years to develop and open the South West’s new livestock selling asset.
Elgin cattle producer Jim Quilty, who has called for the new centre to remain in the Shire of Capel, said the State could be cutting the project’s timeframe too fine. “It will be interesting to see if there is enough time to have the new saleyard in place by 2022,” he said.
“It is an important saleyard for the South West and these things can sometimes take a lot of time.”
The successful bid was set to be appointed by March, however, the announcement was delayed until October to allow applicants to meet detailed proposal requirements.
WA Agriculture Minister Alannah MacTiernan said the State was committed to ensuring there was a saleyard beyond 2022 and that the processes it had under way would provide for that outcome.
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