The Naracoorte Lucindale Council and Grant District Council, both in southeast South Australia, are collaborating to ensure that safety is improved in the saleyards in the area.
The two councils will apply for Commonwealth funding together so that the issues with saleyard infrastructure where trucks operate can be addressed.
They estimate that the entire project will cost $ 1.5 million and the funding that they are applying for from the Department covers half of that amount.
Both councils say that there are loading ramp issues at Naracoorte and Mount Gambier saleyards whilst the asphalt where the trucks enter the yards and need attention. And safety rails and safe access will be provided for the catwalks around the loading areas.
Steve Bourne from the Naracoorte Council said that you need to exceed the required safety standards not just meet them. OHS issues need to be addressed along with animal welfare concerns, long-term asset maintenance and issues of sustainability.