Council seeks community input on recovery projects

COUNCIL is asking its community for input on how to spend $2 million to ensure the local area continues to grow following the dire drought and bushfire conditions.

Council received the funding from the Federal Government under its Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements and Community Drought Support Program, with the money being split between bushfire and drought recovery projects.

Projects already put forward include water options to drought-proof local  sporting fields such as Queen Elizabeth Park, which is in a prime spot to access water from the tidal side of the Richmond River. The Colley Park complex could also benefit from being able to tap into the Council’s recycled water, which supplies the Casino golf course.

Emergency water access points have also been proposed for rural locations, such as Bora Ridge, Myall Creek, Swan Bay and Rappville, as well as installing drinking water fountains and refilling stations in key areas.

Other options include the painting of the Casino water tower and an annual music festival.

Richmond Valley Council Mayor Robert Mustow thanked the Federal Government for the additional funding, saying Council would certainly be using it.

Cr Mustow said providing immediate financial assistance to councils to support local initiatives would prove beneficial, with projects being put forward having community wellbeing front of mind.

He said supporting the community to recover and rebuild after last year’s bushfire disasters, as well as cope with the effects of drought, continued to be an urgent priority for Council.

Project ideas and suggestions will be accepted by Council until Friday 21 February, and can be lodged via Council’s website contact page richmondvalley.nsw.gov.au/contact/have-your-say/make-a-submission or emailed to council@richmonvalley.nsw.gov.au

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