Busi­ness as usual af­ter sa­le­yards row

The Northern Star - Northern New South Wales Rural Weekly - - Front Page -

IT WAS busi­ness as usual at the Casino sa­le­yards last week, with the first sale back af­ter a two-week hia­tus due to a dis­pute over agents’ fees for the use of the ex­change.

The of­fer­ing was “about what you’d ex­pect for this time of year”, one agent said – about 830 head – and like other re­cent mar­kets, a lit­tle eas­ier.

But nei­ther the Casino Auc­tion­eers’ As­so­ci­a­tion nor Rich­mond Val­ley Coun­cil had been happy with the deal and the some an­tag­o­nism re­mains.

As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent Matthew McCor­mack said the coun­cil could have stepped in ev­ery time we had a meet­ing with them and of­fered the com­pro­mise.

“We shouldn’t have had no-sale days,” he said.

The agents were happy for coun­cil to run the NRLX as a busi­ness, he said, but if they wanted to charge at cur­rent rates, it had to be run “as a proper busi­ness”.

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