Shire allays saleyards closure fears

REZONING land at the Camperdown Saleyards is “in no way designed” to speed up its closure, Corangamite Shire councillors say. 

Eight sites around the shire have been earmarked for rezoning as part of the council’s industrial land strategy in what Cr Neil Trotter described as a move to ensure industrial land was plentiful for the future. 

“The state government says there should be a 15-year supply of industrial land,” he said. 

Six submissions were received relating to the proposed zoning changes and councillors voted at Tuesday night’s council meeting to ask the minister to appoint a planing panel to hear each submission.  

Councillors also heard a deputation from resident Glenda McIntyre who said she was glad to see the council’s ultimatum on the location of a proposed regional livestock selling centre within the shire, but she felt the rezoning of land would be inappropriate and lead to the Camperdown Saleyard’s closure and allow a monopoly takeover. 

Cr Geoff Smith said if that was the case, there is no way he would support the rezoning. 

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