Muchea raring to go

23 Oct, 2007 09:00 PM
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MEAT and livestock groups in WA are confident the much-anticipated Muchea multi-species saleyard complex is on track to start selling livestock by next year.

Up-to-date plans of the Muchea multi-species saleyard site have been released — exclusively published un Farm Weekly —after the latest peer review of the plans earlier this month.

WAFarmers, Pastoralist and Graziers’ Association (PGA), livestock transporters and agents have all made recommendations that have been included in the latest plans.

WAFarmers meat council president Mike Norton said it finally appeared the WA saleyard scenario was on track.

“Hopefully the sale of the largest part of land at Midland will be finalised shortly as well,” Mr Norton said.

“Once we know how much money they have, we’ll certainly know how we’re going with Muchea.”

Mr Norton said the access road to the site and funding issues with Main Roads had been a snag earlier in the year.

But he said a fatal accident at the junction of Brand and Great Northern Highways had forced the issue to be resolved sooner than later.

PGA meat section chairman Tim D’Arcy is happy with the way Muchea is progressing.

“Obviously it is later than industry hoped, but at least we are moving forward under good management,” Mr D’Arcy said.

“We believe that we now should be able to meet our timelines.

“Depending on what we get out of the Midland sell-off, there’s potential for not only Muchea to go forward but to progress the South West saleyards.

“It is absolutely essential that upgrading those yards is equally as important as getting Muchea operational.

“This is an issue we have to keep bouncing along because Midland is a mess, Katanning’s life is overdue and South West saleyards in general are way overdue.

“So it’s important we don’t get focused on one aspect, we need to keep all the state’s saleyards in focus.”

According to WA Meat Industry Authority operations and project manager Dave Saunders, most of the concerns aired by the industry in earlier Muchea planning stages had now been resolved.

Changes have been made to the cattle drafting system, loading ramps and bull selling pens.

Sheep operations and design remain virtually unchanged and WAMIA is still keen to provide water points to all species selling pens.

Environmental studies have been completed and delivered to the Environment Department last week for approval.

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