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Hunter Regional Livestock Exchange to undergo $2.7m facelift

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Singleton’s Hunter Regional Livestock Exchange is set to undergo a $2.7 million facelift, according to Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce.

The upgrade will greatly expand holding yards and feeding areas for cattle, make it easier to load and unload cattle, provide new carpark facilities, improve gates and flooring, and increase water storage capabilities.

Mr Joyce, who was joined by federal Nationals candidate for Hunter James Thomson at the facility, said saleyards were vital pieces of infrastructure to support Australia’s thriving beef industry.

“The Hunter is an important area for beef production,” he explained.

“So, investing in the infrastructure we need to maximise efficiencies will put more food on the table for Australians as well as bring in export dollars.

“The beef industry is also very crucial to supporting employment in the Hunter.

“This funding will enable the livestock exchange to operate at a higher capacity to assist the agriculture industry and create jobs in the region.”

Mr Thomson said the Singleton saleyards were incredibly vital to the local area.

“This is all about strengthening agriculture in the Hunter, supporting local jobs and businesses and backing the families who work hard to feed our nation,” he stated.

“Our beef is exported all around the world.

“So, we want to see more steaks on the dinner table coming from the Hunter.”

Singleton mayor Sue Moore was thrilled to receive the funding.

“On behalf of the community, I very much welcome the announcement of $2.7 million,” she said.

“Agriculture has always and will always play a very significant role in the economy and social fabric of Singleton.

“Among other things, this upgrade will allow us to grow the capacity of the saleyards, increase returns for local stakeholders and improve animal welfare.

“We look forward to working with the Hunter Regional Livestock Exchange group to deliver the project.” 

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