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Saleyards are an important avenue for revenue within our regional communities. But what many forget is that it is also typically an important social hub for many isolated farmers.

Recently, farmers on the Mid North Coast were at risk of losing their saleyards in Nabiac, which would have cost them more than the additional funds required to get their stock to market somewhere further away. 

Fortunately, the farmers who depend on getting stock sold while indulging in a good yarn or two at the Nabiac saleyards have been thrown a lifeline by our very own Stephen Bromhead MP, who advocated strongly to keep the yards open.

The conversations facilitated by Stephen resulted in Gooch Agencies – a local stock and station agency – agreeing to pitch in $100,000 to upgrade the facilities, ensuring locals can continue to enjoy good access to market.

Our Member for Myall Lakes was happy with the outcome:

“I’m pleased that MidCoast Council listened to the concerns of the community and was very willing to meet with stakeholders and took on board their input.”

Often, people assume funding for infrastructure is purely about the bricks and mortar, forgetting that venues like local saleyards are an important avenue for farmers to feel part of their community.

In a typically isolating job, saleyards are key meeting places in rural areas and can provide a forum for farmers to converse with those who face similar challenges. Saviour of the Nabiac saleyards is proof that the relationship between government and private enterprise is key in ensuring our communities continue to have an outlet for getting stock to market as well as for having quality conversation over a cuppa or two.

CAPTION: Member for Myall Lakes Stephen Bromhead joined Gooch Agencies representatives, stakeholders and MidCoast Council’s Dan Aldridge and Paul DeSzell to announce that Nabiac Saleyards will remain open.

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