Lance Whitaker, Burnett Livestock & Realty, with a pen of Santa Gertrudis cross weaner steers on account of Boyd & Linda Family Trust, Gayndah. The steers sold for 358.2c/kg or $894/head.
Lance Whitaker, Burnett Livestock & Realty, with a pen of Santa Gertrudis cross weaner steers on account of Boyd & Linda Family Trust, Gayndah. The steers sold for 358.2c/kg or $894/head. Contributed

$1M upgrade for our saleyards

A BIGGENDEN business was one of the successful projects announced yesterday by Hinkler and Flynn electorates under its Regional Jobs and Investment Package.

The project, estimated to cost almost $3.5 million, is the upgrade of the Biggenden saleyards owned by Burnett Livestock and Realty's Lance and Stephanie Whitaker.

A total of $1.2 million of this will come from government funding.

The saleyards complex is a major livestock exchange for the Wide Bay Burnett region, with this project underpinning the future of the region's cattle industry. They are also a major contributor to GRP.

The project will redevelop the Biggenden saleyards to incorporate a redesigned layout of 384 selling and 61 holding pens, 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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