The Grafton Regional Livestock Selling Centre has been given a million-dollar grant by the NSW Nationals in the federal government.
NSW Nationals Member for Page Kevin Hogan said the Grafton Saleyards was a vitally important facility for the community, providing direct economic and social benefits for the Clarence Valley and the wider region.
“The project will upgrade ageing infrastructure and improve sale processes at the saleyards,” Mr Hogan said.
“In 2019/20 financial year, the Grafton Saleyards sold over 48,000 head of cattle, with a combined value of $41.7 million. This is supporting farmers and their families across the region.
“This upgrade will include the installation of a new double-deck unloading ramp, modification of pens, gates and laneways, and a new six-way air draft to assist with drafting, mouthing, weighing and tagging cattle.
“There will also be upgrades to scanners and scales to improve weighing speeds, upgrades to existing CCTV cameras and the development of an Adverse Events Plan.”
Clarence Valley Council Mayor Jim Simmons said while conditions had eased, the effects of the drought could still be seen in the community.
“The impact of drought goes far wider than just our farmers, the whole community feels the pinch,” Cr Simmons said.
“The Drought Communities Program is so important because it helps keep people working, helps keep cash-flowing and ensures that local businesses can keep operating.”