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Wednesday February 15, 2017
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New yards open at Cooma centre
The new sheep and calf yards
at the Cooma Livestock Selling
Centre were officially opened
yesterday by Snowy Monaro
Regional Administrator, Dean
The sale was followed by the
fortnightly sheep sale which
acted as a great opportunity to
showcase the new yards with
around 16,500 sheep on offer.
“The new steel yards have
replaced the old exclusively sheep
yards that have been a part of
the facility for over 40 years. It
also represents Council’s biggest
investment in the saleyards since
the construction of the steel and
concrete sheep yards 24 years
ago,” Mr Lynch said.
On the initiation of the Cooma
Salyeards Committee it was
decided that the replacement of
the old sheep yards should be
with yards capable of handling
calves as well.
This is to cater for the
increasingly successful Monaro
unsuccessfully applying for grant
funding several times, it was
decided that Council should go
alone and fund the $650,000
The project includes removal
improvements to the drainage
from the cattle yards, earthworks
to level the site, construction of
the new steel sheep/calf yards,
installation of new water troughs,
and installation of new lighting.
capacity, efficiency and improved
animal health conditions for sheep
and calf sales. This will provide
economic and social benefits for
the whole region from the ACT to
the Victorian border and continue
to ensure that Cooma remains the
regional centre for agribusiness
on the Monaro and Snowy
Mountains. These benefits extend
beyond traditional agribusiness
into other businesses throughout
the region,” continued Mr Lynch.
The numbers being sold at
the sheep and calf sales held
at the Cooma Livestock Selling
Centre have increased over the
last several years. The Cooma
Associated Agents have achieved
these increases largely through
changes to the sale days and the
Monaro’s reputation for the quality
of sheep and calves.
They predict they can continue
to grow these sales with the right
infrastructure in place.
improvements to the saleyards
are an example of the council
listening to the needs of the
community and responding with
He stressed that the work was
carried out entirely to budget and
on time, using local contractors
and funded entirely by council.
Snowy Monaro administrator Dean Lynch, retired stock and station agent John Mooney and council’s
Recreation and Property Manager Ross Lawley.
John Mooney had the honour of cutting the ribbon.
Eliza joins Post team
Eliza Murdoch from Ando is the
newest member of The Monaro
Post team and she is looking
forward to the opportunity to
represent her local region in the
Eliza attended school locally
before moving to Kinross in Orange
where she completed her HSC.
Eliza said she has always been
an avid writer and this passion for
the written word led her to pursue
a degree in communications at
When she graduated in 2014,
Eliza decided to continue studying
and enrolled in a teaching English as
a second language course.
She began tutoring kids who had
just moved to Australia enjoyed the
experience of being able to help
students with a language barrier
Determined to continue doing her
bit to give back to the community,
she volunteered with the Smith
Family in the home tutoring system
teaching Syrian Refugees.
She then moved to New Zealand,
where she spent six months living
and working in Christchurch before
moving home to work on the family
farm in December.
“I’ve really enjoyed being back on
the farm and working with Dad, but
it will be great to get out and about
while working for The Monaro Post.
“I’m really looking forward
to getting involved in the local
community and reporting on all
of the issues that affect our local
community,” she said.
Eliza will be working out the
Bombala office, replacing Sam
Tonks who is on maternity leave.
When Sam returns in August,
Eliza will move to the Cooma office,
replacing Nick Chapman who is
departing to Sydney and will be
She is friendly and approachable
and can be contacted on 0459 021
580 or by popping in to the office
located in the front of the Landmark
Eliza Murdoch has joined The Monaro Post team.
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