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Mr Fraser told the committee that throughput at a new and bigger saleyards could be 2500 head of cattle and sheep a week, as well as goats, which are a growing domestic and overseas market. Cr Kelly and Mr Williams are recorded in the minutes as expressing support for a new saleyards, while Cr McNally said any new saleyards should remain “a core business of the council”. Mr Kirkland supported the project but said the existing saleyards should be retained and not demolished. Continued on page 3

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