Capel Shire Council is progressing with its bid to keep the Boyanup saleyards in action until 2032, 10 years beyond its lease.
However, the decision to keep operations at the 58-year-old South West facility running has a cattle buyer in the region up in arms.
Rodney Galati, a Brunswick farmer and cattle buyer, said he visited the site at Boyanup at least three times a week to buy cattle and deemed the site “antiquated”.
“An upgrade to that site is just not doable, the site needs to be demolished,” Mr Galati said.
“If they even think about staying there, they will lose majority of their buyers.
“By the time they fix animal welfare and safety concerns at the site, they could have contributed those funds directly into a new facility.”
“Minister MacTiernan is not fulfilling the obligations by the previous government which was to provide a new sale facility in the South West. The money is there, but it seems as though they just do not want to be a part of it.”
Capel shire president Michael Southwell said the McGowan Government, Shire of Capel and WALSA — a joint venture between Landmark and Elders — were now discussing who would fund the Boyanup saleyards’ proposed upgrade.
“The negotiations that have been going on in the background have been progressing quite well,” Cr Southwell said.
“We have authorised the chief executive officer Ian McCabe and Cr Murray Scott to do the face-to-face negotiations and nut out the deal with the leaseholders and State Government.
“Reading the tea leaves, it looks like everyone is on the same page and can see that this should and will happen.”
Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan noted the council’s decision as an important step forward.
“With the shire now supporting retaining the facility, there is no need to move the saleyards to a new site,” she said.
“However, we do acknowledge that significant upgrades will be required to ensure the saleyards can continue to service producers for the next 10 years.
“Funding for those upgrades will be part of our discussions with WALSA and the council.”
The Boyanup saleyard is a facility that has serviced a regional market for livestock sales since 1961 and sees some 60,000 head of cattle go through annually.