THE upgrade to the Berrimah Export Yards could be complete by February next year, if the Top End doesn’t receive too much rain this wet season.
A local fencing company won the $190,000 contract for the fitout to the yards, Primary Industry Minister Ken Vowles will announce today.
“Territory firm Taylors Fencing NT won the tender and has started work on the fitout of the site,” he said.
“Willie Taylor has decades of experience in the industry, from fencing and building stockyards to transporting livestock all over the world, so the project is in good hands.
“I am looking forward to seeing the completed fitout and it is great to see another local business involved.
“Yingwati Pty Ltd did the civil works, and Top End Sheds, MMC and Jakes Steel & Welding were all involved in the construction of the sheds, which happened in around three short weeks.”
The $4.1 million upgrade began in August, and will see the construction of new shaded yards to hold 4000 cattle.
Mr Vowles said the upgrade would allow cattle to be processed all year round which would see Darwin better placed as the supplier of choice for live cattle and buffalo export.
“These upgrades have provided an important economic stimulus and jobs and, once finished, the Territory will have a world-class live export facility to support one of our major economic drivers.”
PHILLIPPA BUTT, NT NewsDecember 3, 2017 9:31am