Richmond Valley Council to increase saleyard fees
RICHMOND Valley Council has voted to continue to own, operate and upgrade the Northern Rivers Livestock Exchange.
Mayor Ernie Bennett said it was time to move forward and modernise the facility. “With Casino’s premiere event Beef Week (under way) this decision couldn’t be more timely to give a real boost in confidence to the beef industry and local businesses,” he said.
General manager Vaughan Macdonald said that for the saleyards to consistently achieve at least a break-even operating result in the short term, fees had to be increased.
These included an increase in throughput fees to $9.90, a capital works levy of $1.10, and an increase in auctioneers and agents permit fees to $10,000. They would continue to identify grant funding opportunities.