Safety risk at saleyards

Urgent safety issues need to be addressed at the Macksville saleyards.
Urgent safety issues need to be addressed at the Macksville saleyards.

IT has recently undergone a major and costly upgrade but significant safety risks remain at the Macksville saleyards.

Addressing those risks is now such an expensive exercise there has been a call for a report to be developed into future options for the facility.

At Thursday night’s Nambucca Shire Council meeting, a report highlighting the operational risks at the saleyards identified $279,000 worth of urgent remedial actions.

Over the next three years it has been estimated $448,000 will need to be spent to address issues identified at a recent Saleyard Safety Workshop.

Among the big ticket items are an upgrading of the effluent management system ($100,000), a redesign and reconstruction of the sale ring ($45,000), and the re-grading of traffic areas ($25,000).

Councillor Mike Moran said the costs associated with upgrading the saleyards were daunting.

“We have a lot of money tied up at the saleyards and we’ve already done a lot to improve them but it seems there is too much for this council to do to fix them up,” Cr Moran said.

“We haven’t got any spare money, so we will need to prioritise what needs to be done.”

The mayor, Cr Rhonda Hoban, said upgrading the saleyards would be a major challenge.

“When the draft budget comes back off public exhibition our difficulty will be finding the money to do what needs to be done,” she said.

Cr Janet Court called for council staff to look at options for saleyards and to report their findings as soon as possible.

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