FEDERAL funding of more than $600,000 has been provided for a major upgrade to improve safety at the Casino saleyards.
Page MP Janelle Saffin said the funding, under the Federal Government's Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program, would mean much safer facilities for saleyard workers and truck drivers who transport livestock.
""There is a total of $636,000 in Federal funding along with $159,000 from the Richmond Valley Council for the upgrade at the Casino Regional Livestock Exchange," she said.
"The funding is for the installation of double-deck delivery ramps, non-slip concrete pens and race floor and includes all-weather roofing along the yards and gates and lighting. We can all appreciate how important these improvements are given our recent weather conditions.
"The issue of safety for saleyard employees and truck drivers has been raised with me by local councils, beef producers and the trucking industry in recent years, so I welcome the new funding.
"I was among a number of MPs from rural electorates successfully lobbied for saleyards safety upgrades to be included in the Federal Governments Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program."
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