Concerned residents: Angela Haupt and Noel Warne from the Coo-ee Property Rights Association were at Primex to discuss farmers’ rights and to raise awareness about future plans for the Casino Saleyards.
Concerned residents: Angela Haupt and Noel Warne from the Coo-ee Property Rights Association were at Primex to discuss farmers’ rights and to raise awareness about future plans for the Casino Saleyards. Cathy Adams

Safeguarding Casino saleyards

THE Casino Regional Livestock Exchange will be one of the items on the agenda at a public meeting called by the Casino branch of the Coo-ee Property Rights Association.

A representative of the group Noel Warne, of Leeville, said he was concerned the council might sell off the saleyards to cover its projected 2010/11 budget deficit of almost $500,000.

“Farmers and the general public need to have a voice about what is going to happen at the saleyards,” Mr Warne said.

Last week Richmond Valley councillors voted to call for expressions of interest for the purchase or lease of the saleyards.

However, councillors stressed the decision did not mean the facility was going to be sold.

The decision came after the council was approached by businesses interested in operating the yards.

Earlier this year councillors resolved that $9 million would be the starting price for any discussion on the sale of the facility.

However, council general manager Brian Wilkinson said the council had made it very clear the saleyards were not up for sale.

Mr Wilkinson said the council was involved in a process to see what interest in the saleyards there was.

The property rights public meeting will be held at the Casino RSM on June 21, at 7.30pm.

The hunger striking farmer Peter Spencer will be visiting the Coo-ee stand at Primex this morning. He will also be speaking at a meeting at Casino RSM tonight at 7pm.



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