Saleyards feedback good

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CHANGE FOR THE BETTER?: The consultation period on a proposed change of the management structure for the Wangaratta Saleyards closes on August 4.

WANGARATTA council will push for a seven-person board structure to manage the Wangaratta Saleyards, based on public feedback to date.

Two weeks of community consultation sessions have been held with 35 people giving feedback on the proposed change of direction.

Council proposes that the board be made up of livestock agents, producers, a local business person, a council representative and finance expert.

Rural City of Wangaratta mayor Ken Clarke said the sessions have been going “very well” and most people are in favour of the council owned “arm’s length” management structure of the multimillion dollar facility.

“Council is suggesting a seven-member board with no one having a controlling power over it,” Cr Clarke said.

“There would be a council officer or councillor on the board, two agents, producers and people with a business and finance background.”

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