Council receives major funding injection for community projects

A $3.5 MILLION suspension bridge across the Richmond River in Casino is one of six projects to get the tick of approval under the 2022 Community Assets Program, which is part of the Community Local Infrastructure Program, which is co-funded by the NSW and Australian governments to support communities impacted by the 2022 Flood events.

$13,870,864 has been provided to Richmond Valley Council under two programs to construct a number of key community facilities and rebuild and improve the resilience of infrastructure after recent disasters.

Included in this funding is: $4,380,450 to build a facility at Parker Fields to be shared between the Woodburn Pony Club and Woodburn Tennis Club and clubhouses for Casino Rugby League, Casino Netball, Casino Memorial Pool Swimming Club; and $5,700,000 as part of the Infrastructure Betterment Fund to upgrade the effluent management system at the NRLX.

A car park will also be built at the Woodburn Memorial Hall for $234,647.

Richmond Valley Council Mayor Robert Mustow said the NSW and Australian governments’ significant funding allocation would support a range of impactful initiatives within our community.

Cr Mustow said this investment would bolster the quality of life for residents and further solidify the Valley’s reputation as a thriving and supportive community.

He said the funding would play a pivotal role in bringing to life Council’s vision of vibrant and accessible community spaces.

“These funds will be instrumental in the construction of much-needed community facilities and we are grateful for the support we have received from the sporting groups and the broader community,” Cr Mustow said.

“This funding represents an investment in the future of our community, and we are excited to see the positive impact it will have.”


Full details below:

  • Casino suspension bridge across the Richmond River $3,505,767 – project involves geotechnical investigation, piers to support the bridge, approach ramps and adjoining pathways, tree and vegetation removal and reinstatement/rehabilitation, construction and installations of a suspension bridge.
  • Casino Rugby League clubhouse $1,607,825 – funding covers the construction of a multi-purpose, Besser Block flood-and-storm-resilient clubhouse and new grandstand to accommodate the public and user groups. The building extension will accommodate two new female change rooms and additional storage.
  • Casino Netball clubhouse $1,385,750 – work involves the demolition of an existing clubhouse and construction of a new and improved facility at Colley Park. The clubhouse will include the installation of a suitable modular building due to the project being in a stormwater basin zone, and will be built above flood levels on a pier and beam system.
  • Woodburn Pony Club and Tennis Club clubhouse $840,000 – funding provides for community and stakeholder consultation, detailed design, new Besser Block flood resilient building, including landscaping/reinstatement of ancillary works.
  • Casino Memorial Pool Swimming clubhouse $546,875 – this new building will include a kitchenette and servery, three storage rooms, including storage for lane ropes, club/competition equipment and contractor equipment.  The design allows for a double-door entryway with accessible ramps and will be repositioned onsite to allow for the future development of the all-weather heated pool facility as set out in the Master Plan.
  • Woodburn Memorial Hall car park $234,647 – funding allows for survey and design work, formalising the car parking area with a sealed hardstand to improve drainage and increase resilience. Work includes the creation of a connecting accessible pathway to the hall’s ramp access points and adjoining footpath leading to the CBD.
  • NRLX effluent management system – $5,750,000 under the Infrastructure Betterment Fund to carry out extensive upgrades to the wastewater management and treatment system to improve its resilience and environmental performance to comply with the Pollution Reduction Program imposed by the EPA.

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