A BIGGENDEN business has been announced as one of the successful projects for the Hinkler and Flynn electorates under the Australian Government's Regional Jobs and Investment Package.
The project, costed at about $3.5 million, involves the upgrade of the Biggenden saleyards owned by Burnett Livestock and Realty's Lance and Stephanie Whitaker.
"The redevelopment of the saleyards will provide jobs in Biggenden not only for the construction phase but also in the long-term operation of the facility ” Mr Whitaker said.
"The saleyards play a vital role not just economically but also provide an unmistakable backdrop to the social vibrancy experienced within the community on sale days.
"This funding assists to future-proof the saleyards, meaning producers will have a modern selling facility that meets animal welfare and safety guidelines and will be productive for decades to come.”
Government funding will provide $1.2 million towards the project.
The Biggenden complex is a major livestock exchange for the Wide Bay Burnett region, with this project underpinning the future of the region's cattle industry.
The saleyards are also a major contributor to the gross regional product.
The project will redevelop the facility to incorporate a redesigned layout of 384 selling and 61 holding pens, a new weighbridge, overhead walkways, buyers' laneways, double- and single-deck loading ramps and new drafting facilities.
The project will increase sale day capacity by 43 per cent to meet increasing demand.
This upgrade will bring about significant improvements in animal welfare, risk management and workplace, health and safety.
Federal Member for Hinkler Keith Pitt said the seven projects totalling more than $38 million to be delivered across both electorates would stimulate job creation and investment in regional Australia.
"They will create over 150 jobs during construction and more than 350 ongoing jobs,” he said.
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