Farmer organises public meeting and calls on council to lease NRLX to agents

The NRLX is closed.

Susanna Freymark

Cattle farmer and hire business owner Allan Berry is concerned the situation between Richmond Valley Council and livestock agents over the Northern Rivers Livestock Exchange is irretrievable.

As a result, Mr Berry has organised a public meeting at Casino RSM Club on Monday, September 4 at 5.30pm.

The meeting will be chaired by Thomas George with official invites going to Richmond Valley mayor, councillors, members of the Casino Auctioneers Association and state and federal members.

In his invitation letter posted on Facebook, Mr Berry said he believed the “only way forward on this matter is for the RVC to lease the NRLX complex in its entirety to the agents”.

He is calling on the council to reinstate the agents under the old lease agreement for six months.

He proposes that during that period, an NRLX working committee be established of representatives from the council, agents, transporters, businesses, state government and a buyers representative.

“The committee should be chaired by an independent person,” Mr Berry said.

The dispute between the NRLX and agents is causing “harm and hardship to Casino”.

“When agents, buyers, sellers and truck drivers travel to Lismore Saleyards, they spend their money in Lismore on food, coffee, drinks and fuel. All this money is leaking out of the Casino economy,” he said.

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