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    EXCHANGE PRIMED: From left, Member for Mallee Anne Webster and Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack listen to Horsham Livestock Exchange’s Paul Christopher during a visit to the facility last month.Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

Horsham council awards roof tender

Horsham Rural City Council has awarded a contract to build a roof over Horsham Regional Livestock Exchange.

Councillors voted on Monday night to appoint Ballarat’s MKM Constructions as project contractor.

The $3,434,570 contract is for design and construction with the council expecting works to start in November and be completed by October 2020.

Council chief executive Sunil Bhalla said a sawtooth modular design would cover the 23,400 square-metre saleyard area. “This installation of the new roof will occur over the existing footprint and with the HRLE remaining operational during construction works,” he said.

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“This includes 500 kilolitres of water storage, LED lighting throughout and 100 kilowatts of solar panels, the maximum allowable within the limits of the small-scale renewable-energy market provisions.”

Mr Bhalla said MKM Constructions had extensive experience in roofing livestock exchanges, completing projects in centres including Hamilton, Colac and Yea.

“The council believes this experience will ensure the site runs smoothly during the construction period,” he said.

Planning has established that long-term benefits from the roof include weather protection for livestock, staff, agents and buyers, improved livestock quality, carbon-emission reductions and reduced cleaning and maintenance costs.

The Horsham council was successful in an application to the Federal Government last year for a $1,490,000 grant through a Building Better Regions Fund.

The council also allocated $3.03-million for the project in its 2019-20 budget.

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