Corowa Saleyards upgrade to occur
Published on 18 February 2020
At its January ordinary meeting, Federation Council awarded a tender to Corowa based firm, Focus Engineering for $431,926 to complete upgrade works to the Corowa Saleyards.
The Corowa Saleyards is owned and managed by Council and has been operating for more than sixty years. The facility is well respected and utilized by industry professionals across several states throughout Australia.
Council programs major maintenance to the saleyards, once every five years and tender works awarded were identified for the 2019/2020 financial year and will ensure improved compliance with Work, Health and Safety requirements, animal welfare and increase holding capacity.
Project upgrades include:
- Construct and install auctioneers walkways overhead and independent of existing selling pens; and
- Construct and install 29 new selling pens.
Federation Council Mayor Pat Bourke said the saleyard facility has experienced consistent market growth over the last twenty years, at a time when the industry has faced a number of challenges including the impact of long-term drought.
“Recent upgrades to the facility, access and transport linkage improvements and strong management has ensured the Corowa Saleyards is one of the most highly regarded and utilised livestock facilities in the state,” Mayor Bourke said.
“Currently, the Corowa Saleyards is recognised as one of the four largest saleyard facilities in New South Wales and in order to future proof the operation, appropriate innovative planning in and around sustainability and growth must be pertinent to any future strategic decisions. Council looks forward with anticipation to witnessing this upgrade and further strategic upgrades planned for the site come to fruition.”