Saleyards will stay in council hands
THE message was clear and concise from the community, the Northern Rivers Livestock Exchange should remain in council hands.
Council made it clear at a community meeting at the Casino Community and Cultural Centre, they never considered selling the saleyards.
“The beef industry is critical to the economic and social health of the Richmond Valley and the community made it clear that it wants council to own and operate the facility and get on with upgrading it”Richmond Valley mayor Ernie Bennett said.
“Council will now consider a report at its meeting next week to determine the future management for the facility and importantly how the redevelopment and ongoing operations will be funded”.
Following a financial assessment of the options it was narrowed down to two, a $7m or a $14m redevelopment of the saleyards with council continuing to own and operate the facility.
Council has $7m of funding available to redevelop the facility, which includes its successful National Stronger Regions Fund grant of $3.5m.
A $14m full facility upgrade is contingent on further grant funding support, with the NSW Government’s Jobs for NSW program an opportunity for this.