FUNDING that would have induced an upgrade to the Wangaratta Saleyards has been called for by Cathy McGowan (MHR, Indi).
She addressed parliament yesterday calling for the Rural Development Australia (RDA) Fund to be reinstated “as a matter of urgency” so projects like the saleyards have a chance of becoming a reality.
“I have spoken to a number of key stakeholders responsible for the rollout of RDA projects in my electorate,” she said.
“They have expressed bewilderment that the RDA funding system has been abolished.
“They tell me that the system was efficient, easy to use and that it funded projects that would otherwise not have been prioritised for funding.”
Under round five of RDA funding, Indi was due to receive in excess of $7.3 million, with $410,000 going to the Wangaratta Saleyards to help council construct a roof and soft stand flooring for cattle.