Cattle sales to resume at NRLX
Cattle sales will resume at Northern Rivers Livestock Exchange, following Richmond Valley Council’s new fees and charges offer to agents and vendors.
Council’s General Manager Vaughan Macdonald said he was pleased the significant concession provided by Council had the desired effect, and he was looking forward to seeing the NRLX back in action. Mr Macdonald said it was critically important NRLX users and Council worked together to ensure the saleyards remained the number one cattle selling centre on the North Coast. He said Council would continue its strong support of the beef industry, with the new offer showing a willingness to listen to the community: “Council listened to the local community when it chose to keep the saleyards as a Council-run asset rather than sell or lease to private enterprise as many councils have done. Council has also lobbied hard on behalf of the rural community to obtain more than $10 million in grant funding from the Federal and NSW governments to put towards the full upgrade the NRLX facility, making it one of the most modern facilities in Australia. Council is positive the fees are a fair compromise for all NRLX stakeholders.”
A full operational review is proposed for the NRLX, with oversight by a recognised independent saleyards industry expert, as well as the NRLX Saleyards Advisory Group, which includes two agent representatives.
A draft report will be prepared and released for community consultation. The review will be completed by 30 June 2018.