THE first set of plans and a timeframe for the proposed Muchea multi-species saleyards have been ope

21 Mar, 2007 08:45 PM
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More than 70 members representing producers, lobby groups, transporters, agents, animal welfare groups and government were invited by the WA Meat Industry Authority (WAMIA) to brainstorm their thoughts on the Muchea plans.

The meeting was held at the Midland saleyard complex.

It was the first opportunity for many industry members to ask in-depth questions about Muchea and resolve a solid timeframe for the project¹s operational start.

Questions had burned in the collective industry conscious-ness for more than a year and created intense debate among industry members as pressure built on a replacement for Midland as WA¹s central livestock facility.

The WAMIA and State Government copped most pressure amid producer calls for a clear deadline for Muchea and a cost blow-out of more than $30 million.

WAMIA Midland saleyard relocation project manager Dave Saunders said he encouraged industry to dissect the Muchea plans last week.

³We¹re not arrogant enough to think we¹ve got it all right,² Mr Saunders said.

He said the meetings were all about getting a broad perspective from industry into the plans.

The WAMIA is investigating putting water troughs in all sheep selling pens as a direct result of industry input at the meetings.

The Muchea facility could become the only saleyard in Australia where all selling pens had access to water.

All stock holding and cattle sale pens already had water troughs indicated on the plans.

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