Western Victorian Livestock Exchange Opens
The Western Victorian Livestock Exchange, a state of the art cattle saleyard opened on 22 January with nearly 2,500 cattle offered for sale. Located outside of Mortlake in south-west Victoria, the $15 million saleyard has been under construction since May 2017.
Beginning with an official opening ceremony and a charity auction of cattle donated by local vendors and agents, the first sales raised $17,000 for local groups, including the Let’s Talk Foundation, the Royal Flying Doctor Service, Abbeyfield’s Mortlake and Timboon centres and the Country Education Foundation – Western District.
The project has been heralded as one of the biggest shakeups to cattle sales in the local area in decades. The 416 selling pens, five drafting facilities and seven weighbridges have been built with the comfort and safety of both the crowds and animals front of mind. The saleyard has been designed to provide cooler temperatures than similar yards, and was described by sellers as one of the best in Victoria, partly due to the fully roofed pens and use of a soft floor to improve cattle comfort.
It’s expected the saleyard will have a turnover of 200,000 cattle a year, with key livestock agents undertaking regular sales at the regional facility, which create better prices and increases market availability.
The Spiire Planning team was pleased to see such an exciting project come together in just ten months. Spiire worked on the permit application and landscaping for the project, and successfully achieved permit approval in six months by working closely with Moyne Shire Council, the Environmental Protection Authority and the saleyard developer. Our Survey team was also involved in assisting with the set out and title consolidation to facilitate the new saleyard.
Spiire was proud to be involved with this important project for Mortlake and Victorian Western District.
Photo taken by Moyne Shire Council.