Friday, 18th January, 2013
By Emily Roberts
West Darling pastoralists have at last had some success in their push for stockyards to be returned to the city.
They have just been given $90,000 in funding by the NSW Government.
For the best part of a decade, the Pastoralists Association of West Darling has been battling to set up travelling stockyards near Broken Hill.
Last year they were knocked back for funding from Regional Development Australia and the Department of Agriculture.
But yesterday NSW Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional Infrastructure and Services Andrew Stoner, and local MP John Williams Member announced $128,565.00 for improvements to Crown Reserves across the Murray-Darling Electorate.
Of that, $90,000 will go to the travelling Stock/Broken Hill Stockyards Reserve Trust for a set of spelling yards.
President of the Association, Sue Andrews, said it was fantastic to at last be getting somewhere.
She said last year they applied for $250,000 but to get started and to have basic stock yards would cost about $60,000.
"We actually had a lot of input in the first place," Mrs Andrews said. "It's fantastic.
"It's a convenience to Broken Hill."
Mrs Andrews said the stockyards will benefit everyone in the region.
"With road closures, if there is a need for a truck to unload stock there is nowhere to put them," she said "That problem is now alleviated."
She said sometimes stock from properties will need to use the yards and it will also be good as a drop off point for bulls and rams.
The new yards will be located on the outskirts of the city near the Livestock Health and Pest Authorities on the Adelaide Road.
"We are very, very glad that our funding application was successful. We have been working towards this for 10 years," Mrs Andrews said. "It has finally
Mr Williams also welcomed the new funding.
"Crown reserves are wonderful assets, valued by local communities and their ongoing success is vital to sports, clubs, business and tourism in regional towns," he said.
"The local communities will benefit from this helping hand from Crown Lands."
Mr Stoner said the funding was part of the Government's $16.9 million Public Reserves Management Fund Program.
"The purpose of the Public Reserves Management Fund Program is to support the development, maintenance and protection of Crown Land Reserves
Other project in the area that received money included Wentworth Shire Council which received $5,000 for the Wentworth Showground, the Penrose Park Recreation Reserve Trust which received $17,000 recurrent funding to assist in the management of the Reserve, and the Sulphide Street Railway and Historical Museum Trust. The trust won $3,165.00 to replace handrails and install perspex protection for the arched heritage windows.