Councillors visit state-of-the-art saleyards in Mortlake
Published on 05 December 2017
Moyne Shire councillors were given a tour of the Western Victoria Livestock Exchange (WVLX) in Mortlake ahead of its public open day this Saturday.
The visit was an opportunity to take a look at the state-of-the-art facility, which is due to have its first cattle sale on Monday 22 January.
Councillors said they were impressed by the scale of the saleyards, as well as the technology and science that had gone into the construction.
Cr Jill Parker said the $15 million saleyards were an exciting opportunity for Mortlake.
“The saleyards are a start,” Cr Parker said.
“It will bring other businesses to Mortlake, which will be fantastic.
“It will even bring tourism – people will come to see the facility.”
Cr Ian Smith said the project was already a boon for Mortlake.
“You go up to Clarke’s and it’s full of tradies,” he said.
“They’ve been using local businesses, and hopefully it will be employing local people.
“It’s great for the district. It will put Mortlake on the map.”
Cr Daniel Meade said the facility was also good news for local farmers.
“It’s going to be fantastic for the region,” he said.
“It will give producers more options and create more competition for cattle, which is better for prices. It’s state-of-the-art.
“They’ve also done a good job of getting behind the community from the get-go. They supported the Mortlake Races, and the community open day on Saturday will feature local community groups raising money.
“It’s very exciting and hopefully the start of further big projects in the shire.”
The community open day at the WVLX saleyards is on Saturday 9 December from 10am to 2pm.
Entry is by gold coin donation, with the money going to Mortlake P-12 and St Colman’s Primary School.