Federal Member for Page Kevin Hogan today officially opened the Stage One upgrade of the Northern Rivers Livestock Exchange in Casino, made possible by a Federal Government grant.
“This is great news for jobs and the local economy,” he said.
“If you are one of the 1200 people employed by the Meatworks, are a cattle producer, or small business in the region, this is good news. It is good news because this will ensure Casino remains the regional centre for this industry thereby helping job security,” he said.
Mr Hogan said the installation of the soft floor to the selling pens represents best practice animal and worker welfare, and will position the facility as the selling centre of choice for local and regional livestock producers.
“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,” he 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.
“The upgrade of the Saleyard will secure the sustainable future of a key economic driver to the Richmond Valley and the wider Northern Rivers region.”
The Federal Government contributed $3.5 million to the $7 million Stage One upgrade.