- Published on Wednesday, 05 April 2017 10:00
Corangamite Shire has again stated its support for the retention of the Camperdown Livestock Selling Centre for the foreseeable future.
Mayor Jo Beard said while our local yards continued to be supported by our agents and the wider public then we would continue to invest in the infrastructure.
“The yards are a great place to sell your cattle with consistent yarding’s week in and week out,” Cr Beard said.
“A strong economic benefit to our town is also a result of Council’s continued commitment to the centre,” she said.
Prices have continued to remain steady and Council is positive of further returns for users for a number of years.
Cr. Beard said the focus was on the people of Corangamite who use the yards and to provide them with access to a quality resource in their own backyard.
“The employment of local people at the saleyards and its long term connection with farmers and agents is why it is more important than ever to reaffirm our support for the facility along with all users particularly in light of the Mortlake proposal,” she said.
Chief Executive Officer, Andrew Mason echoed the Mayors statement by saying that as long as the yards were financially viable council would support them.
Brian O’Halloran & Co. stock agent Tim Healey also expressed support for the Camperdown Livestock Selling Centre to remain open and viable for the community.
“We 100 per cent want to stay here and keep selling livestock for our producers locally,” Mr Healey said.
“I and my fellow stock agents have no plans to change our operations and as long as we have Council’s support for the yards we will continue to use these facilities,” he said.
Fellow stock agent with Stewart Nash McVilly, Phillip McVilly said their preference was to stay at Camperdown into the future.
Photo caption: Local stock agents with Corangamite Mayor Jo Beard.