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A $4 million Federal grant to build a cattle spelling, store weighing and rail loading facility at Morven could trigger big changes in how cattle from central and south western Queensland move to finishing systems and abattoirs in the State’s south east corner.
Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash this week approved an application from South West Queensland Regional Economic Development for funds to build a new multi-service livestock hub in the western Queensland town.
The Morven rail hub application was one of more than 500 projects seeking funding under Minister Nash’s Building Better Regions Fund, and one of the fortunate 100 or so that succeeded in gaining funding (more funded projects are to be announced on Friday).
The $4.1m development will comprise train loading and unloading facilities, cattle yards for spelling and drafting, live weight livestock scales and associated storage and amenities facility.
The development has significant potential to give cattle producers across a large area of western Queensland more marketing options than they have previously had.
Morven (highlighted in red below) is a pivotal location for a road and rail hub and spelling and weighing centre.
This article first appeared on www.beefcentral.com
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