The Federal Member for Throsby, Stephen Jones MP will officially open the multimillion dollar Southern Regional Livestock Exchange (SRLE) roofing project onsite this Friday 22 July.
The opening comes six months after work began on the $4.8 million structure which now provides all weather cover for the saleyards.
“When designing the facility we insisted it incorporate as many environmental initiatives as possible,” said Chairman of the Southern Regional Livestock Exchange, Councillor Duncan Gair.
“We subsequently included heat and cold insulation, energy capture in the form of solar panels and water runoff capture, filtration and storage to potable level in the construction,” he said.
Water harvesting from the 10,000 square metre roof is expected to save 1.8 million litres of water per year.
“Needless to say, we’re particularly chuffed with the outcome,” Councillor Gair added.
Wingecarribee Shire Mayor, Councillor Ken Halstead paid tribute to the team behind the delivery of the structure.
“Council staff, project leaders and contractors have all worked tirelessly to see this project to fruition. The addition of this roof now provides safer and more comfortable conditions for our visitors, agents and livestock,” he said.
“Their efforts and those of the SRLE Board Members and local stock and station agents ensured not a single day of trade was lost during the construction of the roof.”
The Mayor was also quick to thank government partners who helped lobby funding for the scheme.
“On behalf of the Federal Government, our local Member for Throsby, Stephen Jones MP, helped secure some $4.1 million in Regional and Local Community Infrastructure Program government funding – which was instrumental in helping to deliver one of the largest construction projects ever undertaken in our Shire.
“The benefits this addition will bring to our regional economy will be enormous,” the Mayor said.
It is anticipated the addition of the roof will see an increased number of cattle pass through the saleyards each year.
“This roof will undoubtedly transform the Moss Vale facility into one of the premier saleyards in the state,” the Mayor added.
Member for Throsby Stephen Jones, Wingecarribee Shire Councillors, Southern Regional Livestock Exchange Board Members and local agents will be on site this Friday 22 July for the official opening which begins at 10.00am.
The Southern Regional Livestock Exchange is located at 550 Berrima Road, Moss Vale.