Ease restrictions at Dubbo saleyards

Ease restrictions at Dubbo saleyards

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Member for Dubbo, Dugald Saunders calls on Dubbo Regional Council to support all local livestock producers and open up current restrictions at the regional saleyards.

Member for Dubbo, Dugald Saunders calls on Dubbo Regional Council to support all local livestock producers and open up current restrictions at the regional saleyards.

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If a primary producer can sit in a pub with 49 strangers, why can he attend a livestock sale from which his livelihood derives?

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FOLLOWING complaints about the continued restricted access to Dubbo Regional Saleyards, Member for Dubbo, Dugald Saunders is requesting owners, Dubbo Regional Council, to lift restrictions on the number of people who can attend livestock sales.

"In recent weeks I have received numerous complaints from constituents across the electorate expressing their concerns in relation to the restricted access to the Dubbo Regional Livestock Markets," Mr Saunders said.

"While a lot has changed in the world as a result of COVID-19, livestock sales have been exempt from restrictions outlined in NSW Public Health Orders, except for adhering to 1.5 metre physical distancing.

"This has been the case from the outset, and has been reiterated publicly and to me by the NSW Agriculture Minister Adam Marshall on multiple occasions."

Given this is the case, and always has been, Mr Saunders seez no reason why attendance at livestock sales should be limited as long as the 1.5m physical distancing protocols are being adhered to.

The NSW Government is following the advice of Health experts and winding back COVID-19 restrictions.

"It makes no sense that a primary producer can now sit in a pub with 49 strangers, but cannot attend the livestock sales they rely on for their livelihood," Mr Saunders said.

"I strongly urge Dubbo Regional Council, as the operator of the Dubbo Regional Livestock Markets, to support all local livestock producers."

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