Wiley was engaged by Western Downs Regional Council to design and construct a new undercover saleyard in Dalby.
Wiley project team members recently gathered with the Honourable John McVeigh, Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry and Ray Brown, Mayor of Western Downs Regional Council to officially turn the first sod and mark the start of construction for the state-of-the-art redevelopment project.
The new undercover cattle saleyards in Dalby will include new drafting facilities with better lighting, NLIS identification, and new pens complete with soft flooring.
To be redeveloped over two stages, with the second and final stage expected to be completed by 2014-15, the project would cement Dalby's reputation as one of the top saleyards in Queensland and one of the nation's leading cattle producing centres, according to Western Downs Saleyards Advisory Committee Chair, Councillor Ray Jamieson.
He explains that the saleyards are a major hub of economic activity for the Western Downs, and Dalby in particular, through the associated businesses of transport, vendors, livestock agents, sellers, and buyers. The planned improvements will bring the saleyards facility up to modern industry standards and will drive the region's livestock industry forward into the future.
Wiley’s proposed construction scheduling will minimise disruption to ongoing weekly sales during the project.
Wiley Senior Process Engineer and local Darling Downs representative, Michael Matthewson said that the redeveloped saleyards will offer full compliance and consideration to the ever demanding requirements of Occupational Health and Safety, animal welfare and biosecurity.
Western Downs Regional Council has allocated $7.6 million towards the project with the State Government contributing $5 million through its Local Government Grants and Subsidies Program.