Interest raised in saleyards
RICHMOND Valley Council will continue to consult with the community about the future of the Casino Regional Livestock Exchange when it holds another meeting for users of the saleyards on Monday.
The meeting will be an opportunity for council staff to provide the community with information about the three expressions of interest received for the sale or lease of the saleyards.
The expressions of interest were lodged by the Casino Auctioneers Association, Regional Infrastructure Pty Ltd and a group of three businessmen comprising of John McMahon, Jerome Hayden and Philip Imrie.
The council called for expressions of interest after it was approached about the possibility of selling the saleyards. The council has repeatedly said the process did not mean it was going to sell the saleyards.
The council has been criticised by the Richmond Valley Ratepayers and Residents Association for continuing with a process when, according to the group, the community did not want the saleyards sold.
“Once again council does not seem to know the meaning of the word ‘no’,” group secretary Mavis Mohammed wrote in a letter to the editor about the proposed meeting.
However, council’s director of works Gary Murphy said the council was now being criticised for consulting with the community too much. Mr Murphy said he was simply doing what the council had asked.
Monday’s meeting will be a chance for people who are interested in the future of the saleyards to learn more about the three expressions of interest.
Mr Murphy will also be taking back any feedback received at the meeting to the council to be considered at the same time as the expressions of interest.
The timing of the meeting has also been criticised by the group because daytime meetings were difficult for employed people to attend.
The meeting will be held on Monday at 11am at the Casino RSM.