Nationals tour Katanning Saleyard construction, Crook
Posted on Friday, 13 July 2012
Nationals WA O’Connor MP Tony Crook was joined by fellow Nationals WA colleagues last week in Katanning to tour the construction of the new Katanning Saleyards.
Member for Wagin, Terry Waldron MLA and candidates for the Agriculture Region, Martin Aldridge, Jill Sounness and Paul Brown joined Mr Crook on Friday 6 July, for a progress tour of the saleyard site.
Mr Crook said the new Saleyards were on track for completion in September 2013, and would be an invaluable asset to Katanning and the Great Southern and South West regions.
“Once built, these new saleyards will have an enormous impact on the local economy. It is vital infrastructure for the future of the agricultural industry in the region.”
Mr Crook said the project was already positively contributing to the local community.
“This project has provided a boost to the local economy; it is great to see local community products and services being sourced throughout its construction.”
This visit followed on from Mr Crook’s tour of the Saleyard with the Shadow Federal Agriculture Minister John Cobb last month.
“It is important for my Federal National Party colleagues to recognise the contribution the WA Nationals Royalties for Regions program is making in regional Western Australia, through projects such as the Katanning Saleyards.”
Mr Crook also commended the Shire of Katanning for their work on the project.
“The Shire has worked tirelessly in ensuring this project goes ahead. It was great to attend the progress tour and see their hard work first-hand.”
The construction of the new Saleyards is a jointly funded project by the Federal and State Government’s through the Regional Development Australia Fund ($7.4 million) and Royalties for Regions ($17 million), with the Shire of Katanning also contributing between $1 and $2 million.