Liberal Member for Western Victoria Simon Ramsay has called on the Administrators of the City of Greater Geelong to use savings from their decision to close the Geelong Saleyards, to upgrade the Geelong Showgrounds.
Mr Ramsay also a farmer – a past president of the Victorian Farmers Federation who has used the Geelong Saleyards himself – said that while he was disappointed that the yards had to close, he also understood that the council’s Administrators had little or no choice but to close them.
“To delay the decision until a new Council is elected is not going to fix the inherent viability problems the yards now faced, many of which previous Councils had failed to address,” Mr Ramsay said.
“The reality is that the current location of the Geelong Saleyards is no longer suitable for a livestock exchange, the assets have been run down by previous Councils and stock throughput has been declining over the last decade.
“My understanding is the remaining two livestock agents are no longer interested in selling livestock at the Saleyards.
“There is no doubt the City of Greater Geelong needs to keep investing in the region’s $1 billion agribusiness sector and further investment into the Geelong Showgrounds will showcase the quality of the food and fibre that local farmers produce.
“Better transport links, the expansion of the Avalon Airport precinct and a second port in the West will be important priorities for our agribusiness sector and will also support our regions farmers.”