Councillor raises possibility of leasing out saleyards

NRLX gates have been closed for seven weeks except for one sale. Photo: Susanna Freymark

Councillor Robert Hayes has put questions about the Northern Rivers Livestock Exchange to be answered at the Richmond Valley Council meeting on Tuesday, August 15 at 6pm.

The public can attend the meeting or watch the livestream on council’s Facebook page.

Here is the background Mr Hayes gave for his questions:

“We are now nearly seven weeks into no sales at the Northern Rivers Livestock Exchange due to agents refusing to sign the licence agreements to operate at the facility, leaving doubt over the future of the NRLX as a livestock selling facility.

“To inform our future decision making around our ongoing involvement in the management of the complex, can the general manager answer the following questions:

1. What is the current value of the complex?

2. Is council able to lease the complex and what would that entail?

3. What other business uses could the complex be suited for?

4. If, prior to June 30 with the previous selling permit and fees in place, a special rate levy was applied across all ratepayers within the Richmond Valley Local Government Area to bring the NRLX business to a break-even operating result, allowing for all expenditure including maintenance, borrowing costs and depreciation, what would that levy amount be?

5. What are the potential impacts for council if serious Work Health & Safety issues occur at the facility?”

The agenda said a spoken response would be given to the questions at the council meeting.

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