Tuesday, 11 December 2018
- Expressions of interest process completed for South-West saleyard solution
- Two respondents asked to provide detailed proposals for replacements of the Boyanup saleyards
The McGowan Government is progressing its election commitment to facilitate a replacement for the Boyanup saleyards, with an expressions of interest process for a South-West saleyard solution now complete.
Two respondents to the expressions of interest process have been asked to provide detailed proposals for the replacement of the Boyanup saleyards – expected to close in 2022 – and the possible lease of the Muchea Livestock Centre.
In addition to setting out their financial capacity and operational experience, respondents will be required to demonstrate they have a structure that encourages innovation and can respond to changes in the industry. Respondents will also be required to demonstrate they have a credible pricing structure with independent oversight.
A panel will be appointed to examine the proposals, including representatives from the Department of Treasury, Department of Finance, Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, the Western Australian Meat Industry Authority and State Solicitor’s Office.
Respondents will be required to submit their proposals by May 2019 with the aim of finalising a contract with the successful respondent by October 2019.
Comments attributed to Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan:
“This marks an important step forward in our election commitment to facilitate a replacement for the Boyanup saleyards ahead of their expected closure in 2022.
“It is encouraging to see the private sector interest in providing a saleyard solution in the South-West.
“This request for proposals will ensure we meet the needs of South-West livestock producers while delivering the best outcome for taxpayers.”
Minister’s office – 6552 6200