Colac Otway Shire mayor Chris Potter says he’s disappointed the Victorian Farmers Federation has failed to recognise Colac Regional Saleyards as a viable option for Geelong farmers.
City of Greater Geelong administrators announced last week that the Geelong Saleyards would close permanently at the end of this month.
VFF’s livestock group president Leonard Vallance responded, saying “any move” by Geelong administrators to shut down the Geelong Saleyards “without a viable solution could lead to disaster”.
City of Greater Geelong administrator Kathy Alexander said the G21 Regional Growth Plan and an independent report by Mecardo indentified Colac Regional Saleyards as the preferred livestock facility for Geelong farmers.
Cr Potter said Colac Regional Saleyards offered good facilities for farmers and that the council would consult with Colac Regional Saleyards committee members about making the selling centre accommodate the needs of Geelong farmers, including minor upgrades and additional sales.
“I’m disappointed the VFF don’t recognise Colac as potentially servicing these affected farmers,” he said.
“I understand their disappointment with the closure of the Geelong Saleyards.
“Colac is a good facility, we’re not far away and we’re happy to work with those affected farmers to address their needs.”
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