NRLE History

The Naracoorte Regional Livestock Exchange (NRLE) was constructed by the Naracoorte District Council in 1973 and has remained an asset of the local community ever since.  The original construction was funded by a low interest loan and the ratepayers.

The NRLE is the premier livestock-selling facility in the Limestone Coast.  The Naracoorte Lucindale Council is the proud owner and operator of this regional facility.  The NRLE is operated as a stand-alone business unit within Council, with revenue generated quarantined into a Reserve Fund.  The operations of the NRLE are overseen by the NRLE Management Board.  Click here for more information on the NRLE Management Board.

Throughout, the NRLE’s 39-year-history many upgrades and expansions have occurred such as expanding the sheep yards, improving the cattle holding pens, constructing a seven-bay electronic AVDATA truck wash system, computerised live weight cattle scales, scanning raceways for reading electronic ear tags, improvements to the cafeteria, new sheep and cattle ramps fitted with electric winches and safety locking devices and an upgrade to the electricity supply.

In 2012 at the Naracoorte Regional Livestock Exchange the Reclaimed Water Reuse Project was completed which resulted in the installation of a waste water treatment plant and the construction of a roof over the cattle selling yards.

This project was possible due to a $1.85 million grant Council received from the Australian Government through the National Water Security Plan for Cities and Towns, which was matched with Council funds.  The Water Security Plan is a key component of the Australian Government’s Water for the Future initiative.

The saleyards now meet Environment Protection Authority (EPA) guidelines with respect to the level of water extracted from the aquifer and disposal of waste water as well as greatly improving the cattle selling operations.

This project has multiple benefits such as producing high-value reuse options for animal effluent at reduced ongoing costs, reduced groundwater take from the aquifer, increased rainwater use within the facility, improved animal welfare and increased comfort for users of the facility.

The NRLE contributes significant direct and indirect economic benefits to the Naracoorte Lucindale community; providing local livestock growers with a facility close to their operations, transport operators who move stock and purchase fuel, locals who work there, agents who use the yards and the businesses in Naracoorte which support the NRLE operations and its users.