Bid for stock agents to share site cost

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Bid for stock agents to share site cost

The four Millicent stock firms should still make an annual cash contribution to the running of the local saleyards complex according to a Wattle Range Council ward councillor.

Sales ceased a few months ago at the Millicent Saleyards but the temporary lodging of cattle-in-transit is still permitted.

When previously fully operational, the four Millicent stock firms had all paid the yard fees on behalf of their clients and took them out of their commissions.

Councillor Moira Neagle believes each firm should now pay a flat yearly fee of $500.

Her notice of motion to this effect will be considered when Wattle Range Council holds its October monthly meeting in Millicent tonight.

Cr Neagle wants council to change from an individual fee to transit stock through the Millicent Saleyards in favour of an annual charge.

“This would be a cleaner and more straightforward means of collecting revenue for use of the yards,” Cr Neagle said.

“It is a guaranteed $2000 per annum for the council regardless of the number of stock transited at the yards.

“The numbers of stock being transited will still be counted via the collection of vendor declarations.

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