NSW Premier announces $7 million for saleyards
The Northern Rivers Livestock Exchange upgrade will now proceed in full thanks to a $7 million investment from the NSW Government. NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Member for Clarence Chris Gulaptis made the announcement today during a tour of the facility. The extra funds will see stage two finished. The Federal Government and Richmond Valley Council committed $3.5 million each for stage one. The $14 million project will modernise the NRLX, improving animal welfare, environmental management, and workplace health and safety, along with increasing cattle throughput. The project involves a new roof structure, gate and pen upgrades, walkways, storm water management, electrical upgrades, perimeter fencing, security, and soft flooring.
It’s estimated the full upgrade will deliver a $50 million boost to the local economy. The industry is already one of the largest employers in the region and this investment from the NSW Government will ensure it continues to grow and prosper.
Work has already started on stage one, with receival ramps and mustering pens coming offline and will remain so for around three months, followed by upgrades to the selling pens. At this stage, construction is looking at a full Stage 1 completion in December. There will be some disruption to normal processes over the next six months, however, the end result will be the No.1 selling centre in Northern NSW.