Concern over saleyards’ future

Colac Regional Saleyards’ committee member and Colac district farmer Serge Beani says the committee should have “taken the lead” long before this week’s announcement of a new livestock selling centre at Mortlake.

Colac Regional Saleyards’ committee member and Colac district farmer Serge Beani says the committee should have “taken the lead” long before this week’s announcement of a new livestock selling centre at Mortlake.

A Colac Regional Saleyards committee member says he believes the group failed to make the most of Colac’s facilities, which could create uncertainty.

Serge Beani said Colac’s Regional Saleyards was in the perfect position to become the main regional sale centre for south-west Victoria.

But Mr Beani said he believed the Colac yards had “missed the boat” because of private investors’ plans to build a mega sale centre at Mortlake.

“As a committee I think we failed,” Mr Beani said.
“We were in a very strong position to take the lead to become a truly regional centre and we have not done enough to do that and that’s the disappointing part.

“If this goes ahead and look, I haven’t seen any concrete plans, it’s only what people are talking about and what’s happening but apparently pretty strong saying I’m going to build it.”

Mr Beani said the advisory council began discussions to have one main regional saleyard within south-west Victoria about three years ago.

“This is the advisory group saying let’s talk to Camperdown and let’s talk to Geelong to see what we can do to have one regional selling centre in this area,” he said.

“We’ve been sitting on our hands and nothing’s happened.

“I’m very disappointed that our saleyards which was in a prime position to become really regional has missed a golden opportunity.

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