The Kempsey Regional Saleyards has received a $6.3 million boost to upgrade the facility, with hopes it’ll become a key player in regional New South Wales’ livestock trade. 

Key points:

  • $6.3 million in state and federal funding allocated to upgrading the Kempsey Regional Saleyards
  • The upgrade will include a new roof, an additional cattle yard, a kiosk and fixing effluent problems on the site
  • The project is expected to draw in new venders and provide a boost for the local economy 

Uncertainty surrounding the future of the facility had been lingering in the local community for some time before Kempsey Council confirmed in May it would lease the saleyards for the next decade.

Stock and Station agent at Kempsey Stock and Land Ben Tyson said the future looked bright for the facility with both the new funding and secured lease. 

“And now that the lease is set we’ve got dead-set direction where we can go and the only way is up from here.”

Kempsey Stock and Land manage the saleyards and Mr Tyson said he has noticed a  number of areas that require upgrading. 

“We need to put a roof over the top and fix up the effluent problems,” he said.

“We’ve upgraded the software, now we need the product to go with that.”

Mr Tyson said the saleyards had been a market leader for years, with plenty of vendors from the Manning Valley, but an upgrade would likely draw in more vendors from different regions across the state. 

Farmers sitting in a grandstand around a small saleyard.

Fixing effluent problems and a new roof covering will be included in the refurbishment. (

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Boom for the local economy 

Cowper MP Pat Conaghan said creating a key regional saleyard would have a positive flow-on effect for the local economy. 

“This is one of the economic pipelines for Kempsey,” he said.

The project was also expected to create 55 new jobs in the shire.

“Fifteen jobs in the local building construction sector [will be created], with an additional 16 jobs in other related intermediate industries and a further five jobs through consumption impacts,” Mr Conaghan said.

“A further 16 jobs are likely to be created as part of the flow-on effect of this upgrade, bringing the total to 55 additional jobs.” 

Two women and three men stand apart in front of large shed.

Oxley MP Melinda Pavey and Cowper MP Pat Conaghan joined Kempsey Mayor Liz Campbell to make the funding announcement.(

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Bouncing back from bushfires 

Kempsey Mayor Liz Campbell said the million-dollar funding was part of stage two of the Bushfire Local Economic Recovery Fund, co-funded by the Australian and New South Wales Governments.

“Through the bushfires and the floods we realised really how important it was to get that money,” Cr Campbell said.

“And the state and federal government, with our application, realised that too and now we can progress with that.”

Ms Campbell said the saleyards were a “vital refuge” for cattle during natural disasters

“De-stocking and re-stocking a farm when you have a natural disaster is a really hard thing to do,” she said.

The upgrade will include a yard roof, a kiosk, amenities, an office, paving, an additional cattle yard, seating and landscaping and is expected to take 18 months. 

Kempsey saleyards get a multi-million-dollar boost
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