MORE than $400,000 in federal government funding has been allocated to upgrade the Wangaratta saleyards.
Labor candidate for Indi Robyn Walsh made the announcement yesterday on behalf of the Regional Development Minister Catherine King.
The $409,635 grant from the Regional Development Australia fund will go towards building new floors, a roof and a rainwater catchment which will make it more energy efficient.
“This is important to me because I am a cattle producer myself,” Ms Walsh said.
“I know with my cattle they are much better standing on pads that have pine litter on it rather then standing on concrete and the cattle will be in better condition when they are sold and farmers will receive more money.”
However, funding may be axed if the Coalition succeed at the polls.
Wangaratta mayor Rozi Parisotto said the saleyards had been on council’s radar for many years and the community had been vocal about wanting an upgrade.
“This funding has been able to provide us with the reality of saleyards and the longevity of saleyards with the new roof, soft floor and catchment of water,” she said.
“We look forward to the works commencing.”
Cr Parisotto said the upgrade would allow for 20 more jobs and would build on the capacity, strength and support of agriculture in the region.
Ms Walsh said the money had been budgeted and allocated to the saleyards.
“It’s not a promise it’s real money,” she said.
“If I get elected I promise then that I will get more money for the project.”