AS our agricultural sector recovers from a severe drought, Richmond Valley Council has taken the initiative to freeze agent and seller sale fees at the Northern Rivers Livestock Exchange (NRLX) in the 2019-2020 financial year.
Council voted unanimously for the measure at its 17 April meeting as a gesture of support for the cattle industry, while also to ensure the NRLX continues to grow its reputation as a competitive destination for livestock sales.
Mayor Robert Mustow said Council wanted those farmers affected by the drought to know there were people thinking of them.
He said Council understood the challenging conditions caused by the drought and remain committed to doing what it could to help local farmers.
General Manager Vaughan Macdonald said Council’s hard work to improve the financial sustainability of the facility in recent years had enabled it to make this decision.
At the completion of the NRLX upgrade, the combined advantages of 20,000 square metres of soft flooring and 25,500 square metres roof will provide comfort for cattle and welcome shade for stakeholders, as well as providing an abundant supply of rain water, saving costs and preserving a precious resource.
A host of other improvements such as a 94-space asphalt-sealed carpark, new transit yard, maintenance shed and administration building, upgraded weighing area and scale house, as well as technological additions such as full CCTV coverage, dust suppression sprays, and new roofed loading ramps will completely modernised the facility.
The NRLX operation also continues to research, develop and implement modern saleyard processes for improved efficiency, accuracy and safety.
The 2019-2020 fees are as follows:
· Agent Business Licence Fee of $10,500 per annum
· Agent Business Usage Fee of $0.75 per head
· Vendor Usage Fee of $10.80 per head
· Vendor Capital Levy of $2.05 per head