Delivery report highlights great progress

RICHMOND Valley Council is well on track to achieve the goals set for­­ its community in its four year Delivery Program, which is now more than halfway complete.

At Council’s first ordinary meeting of 2020 held on Tuesday 18 February, councillors reviewed a report on the status of the program, which runs from 2017 through to 2021.

Mayor Robert Mustow said Council was making solid progress on achieving the outcomes identified in the Delivery Program, with 160 (or 90 percent) of the 178 activities either completed or on schedule.

“This is a great result and shows we are working steadily towards delivering on the priorities listed in our Richmond Valley Made 2030 Community Strategic Plan, which was developed in close consultation with our residents,” Mayor Mustow said.

“The diligent effort put into the development of both our Community Strategic Plan and our Delivery Program means our activities reflect the priorities of our community, which is particularly important.

“It is satisfying to see what we have achieved so far, and councillors are optimistic about the future. I congratulate the General Manager and staff on this outstanding achievement.”

General Manager Vaughan Macdonald said items already achieved in the Delivery Program included a strategic plan for the rehabilitation of Woodburn-Coraki Road, one the Valley’s most important regional roads.

Mr Macdonald said Council was on schedule with its annual capital works program, which included the maintenance of roads, water and sewer infrastructure, parks, gardens, and facilities.

He said Council continued to support a full calendar of community events, including Council-run events such as the Australia Day celebrations, as well as signature events which benefit from strategic Council support such as Beef Week and Primex.

“To grow our economy we are working closely with prospective investors, and increasing our close collaboration with Federal and State governments to rapidly respond to economic and job opportunities,” Mr Macdonald said.

“We are also continuing to promote tourism to our beautiful Valley with a tourism strategy, which has included the opening of new visitor information centres in Casino, Woodburn, and Evans Head.

“The Valley’s towns now boast attractive entrances which support community pride and increased visitation to the Richmond Valley.

“Council has an award-winning youth employment strategy in place, which has provided 90 young people with valuable employment and training opportunities.

“Looking ahead, Council also has a number of signature projects on the agenda which are competitively placed to attract grant funding.

“These include the full upgrade of the Casino Memorial Pool, a vital public amenity for the Casino community, and pursuing the master plan for the Casino Showgrounds.

“In the Mid Richmond, we are forward looking to the completion of the Broadwater village to Broadwater National Park shared pathway, the master plan for improvements to Razorback Lookout, and a upgraded library for Evans Head.

“In Rappville and surrounds, and across to New Italy, we are pursuing all available options for natural disaster recovery funding for projects listed in the Rebuilding the Richmond Valley revitalisation plan, which will include the rebuild of the Rappville Community Hall.

“We are also progressing the Casino-to-Bentley section of the Northern Rivers Rail Trail, which has been fully funded by the Federal Government.

“Within the next two weeks, Coraki residents will see $80,000 of improvement works to the road pavement on Richmond Terrace, from the Post Office to the west.

“Council is in a good position and we are now starting to look ahead to preparations for a new Community Strategic Plan following the local government elections which are in September this year. We will commence developing the plan later this year, which will involve extensive consultation opportunities and is to be completed by 30 June 2021.”

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