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Beef capital steers ahead with upgraded Livestock Exchange

Media Release

JM080/2018

18 April 2018

Joint release with:

Robert Mustow

Mayor of Richmond Valley Council

Kevin Hogan

Federal Member for Page

  • Upgrade complete to Northern Rivers Livestock Exchange in Casino, NSW
  • Project includes a new roof, upgraded mustering pens, raised walkways
  • The Coalition Government invested $3.5 million in the project

A major job creator for the Richmond Valley and the wider Northern Rivers region has been given a boost with the upgrade of the Northern Rivers Livestock Exchange (NRLX) in Casino now complete.

Federal Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government John McVeigh said the upgrade, in the beef capital of NSW, would secure the future of one of Richmond Valley's core industries.

“This upgrade will position this facility to become the selling centre of choice for local and regional livestock producers, not to mention also featuring best practice for animal and worker welfare,” Dr McVeigh said.

“These works supported 80 jobs during construction and will help sustain another 60 ongoing local jobs, which means more families spending more, investing more and driving more jobs and confidence in the local community.”

Federal Member for Page and local job advocate Kevin Hogan said the exchange now features a new roof, raised walkways for buyer and stock agents, as well as improved selling pens to hold the livestock.

“This is where many people's livelihoods are made, so it's important to have quality facilities and the appropriate security, so we have installed new fencing and internal security systems,” Mr Hogan said.

“We have also made the exchange more sustainable, installing solar panels and LED lighting in addition to a storm water capture, storage and reticulation system.”

Mayor of Richmond Valley Council Robert Mustow said there was solidarity among all councillors to run the NRLX as a sustainable business.

“Benefits will flow to local growers by having a facility close to their operations, stock and station agents who use the yards to run their business and transport operators who move stock,” Cr Mustow said.

“The NRLX contributes more than $100 million to the local economy, so you can understand why the saleyards are so important to community wellbeing.”

The $7 million project was delivered thanks to matched contributions from the Coalition Government and Richmond Valley Council.