Going forward on saleyard upgrade

READY FOR ROOF: The Wangaratta Saleyards will be a better place for all concerned - staff, patrons and cattle - when it rains, after a planned new roof is installed.

THE councillor who moved a motion for council to carry out a ‘design and construct’ cost estimate on the Wangaratta Saleyards upgrade stands by his $5-$6 million price tag.

Rural City of Wangaratta councillor Paul O’Brien last month put forward a motion, supported by fellow councillors, to internally seek a cost estimate for the upgrade.

His personally gathered estimates have stage one costing $2.5m, with a whole of project cost coming in at $5-$6m.

“My estimate for stage one is based on discussions with a wide range of people including Murrindindi Shire Council staff and the roofing supplier who recently completed similar works, but on a smaller scale, at the Yea Saleyards,” Cr O’Brien said.

Stage one of the upgrade will consist of roofing and related elements such as lighting, soft flooring, a sprinkler system and water catchment.

Agriculture and Agribusiness Advisory Committee member Harvey Benton has in the past queried Cr O’Brien’s seemingly exorbitant price tag, but is now just happy the project has commenced.

“I don’t agree with the $5-$6m, but people can get different quotes from various people and there are multiple types of material and labor costs, which could vary the eventual total cost,” he said.

“I’ve got an idea of what it will cost and as long as council is getting the project under way, that’s all that matters at this stage.

“The roofing takes the highest priority and this will come in at about $2.5m.”

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