Colac saleyards ready for possible business

Colac Otway Shire mayor Chris Potter says the Colac Regional Saleyards can accommodate City of Greater Geelong livestock sellers.

Colac Regional Saleyards could receive a boost in business after administrators meet today to consider a recommendation to close Geelong’s saleyards by the end of the month.

A Geelong Saleyards report said the G21 Board, the City of Greater Geelong and Colac Otway Shire Council asked independent consultant Mecardo to report on the Colac Regional Saleyards being an option if the Geelong Saleyards closed.

Colac Otway Shire mayor Chris Potter said the Colac Regional Saleyards offered an ideal location and environment for livestock sales.

“We are proud of Colac’s Regional Saleyards facility and confident we offer a first-class environment,” he said.

“Council has made it clear to the City of Greater Geelong that we would welcome any opportunity to increase beef and sheep sales including in the event the Geelong Saleyards were ever to close.”

The Mecardo report says Colac Regional Saleyards should consider “minimal” improvements which would attract the “peri-urban farmer”, or those near Geelong.

Peri-urban agriculture is generally defined as “agriculture undertaken in places on the fringes of urban areas”.

The report recommended that an additional fortnightly Monday sale could accommodate the transition of livestock to Colac Regional Saleyards.

“Minimal improvements are required to the cattle yards although ongoing maintenance will need constant review,” the report said.

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