Exciting projects on the Richmond Valley horizon

MAJOR improvements to the Casino Memorial Pool, a new Rappville Hall and expanded community precinct, and an upgraded Evans Head Library are some of the key items in Richmond Valley Council’s draft budget for the 2020-2021 financial year, which is on public exhibition until 16 June.

Thanks to a combination of Federal, State and Council funding, the draft budget includes a proposed $31.8 million works program, with significant projects such as:

  • Casino Swimming Pool upgrade works – $1.65 million
  • Evans Head Library refurbishment – $480,000
  • Colley Park Casino – soccer field enhancement – $127,000
  • Broadwater Youth Space – rope climb and seesaw rocker – $107,000
  • Casino Showground upgrades – $420,000
  • Coraki Riverside Caravan Park amenities replacement – $400,000
  • Rappville Hall and Community Precinct – $1.07 million
  • Sealed local road renewals – $3.34 million
  • Unsealed rural local road renewals – $442,000
  • Water infrastructure renewals – $2.51 million
  • Sewerage infrastructure renewals – $3.11 million
  • Nammoona Waste and Resource Recovery Facility – stage one construction of new landfill cell – $3 million

Richmond Valley Council General Manager Vaughan Macdonald said after a challenging year for the local area marked by drought, fire, flood, and COVID-19, Council remained focused on delivering a positive agenda for its community.

“On any measure the Richmond Valley has been hit hard in the past 12 months with a procession of natural disasters,” Mr Macdonald said.

“Amid these challenges, Council’s focus remains consistent – to continue to deliver outcomes for our community in line with the priorities in our Richmond Valley Made 2030 Community Strategic Plan.

“This means getting on with the job of road, water and sewer maintenance and renewals, embarking on major upgrades of community facilities where funding allows, and ensuring Council is operating within a financially sustainable framework in the long term.”

Mr Macdonald said the major upgrade of the Casino Memorial Pool would start in the upcoming financial year with the expansion of the pool from six to eight lanes, and installation of a new filtration system. Further upgrades were planned in 2021-2022 as part of the master plan for the pool complex.

“Council will also complete the Broadwater Youth Space in the upcoming financial year with the addition of new playground equipment to complement the skate park and basketball half court,” he said.

“The Evans Head Library will get a $480,000 makeover, and the Coraki Riverside Caravan Park will see the construction of a modern amenities block to ensure guests have access to comfortable shower and toilet facilities.

“In a vital project for the future of our waste management capacity, Council will also start construction of a new landfill cell at the Nammoona Waste and Recycling Facility.”

Mr Macdonald said the draft budget also projected an unrestricted cash surplus of $290,384 in 2020-2021.

“It’s heartening to see that despite all the challenges we have faced in the past 12 months, Council is in a position to continue to operate at close to business-as-usual levels and is planning for the future,” he said.

Mr Macdonald said the new financial year would also see Council revising its Community Strategic Plan.

He said the CSP was the “road map” for the future of the Richmond Valley, a peak document which spelt out Council’s major priorities for the next decade.

“In due course Council will undertake extensive consultation with the community to revise this document,” he said.

The Draft Revised Delivery Program 2017/2021, Draft Operational Plan 2020/2021 (including Draft Financial Estimates 2020/2024), Draft Revenue Policy 2020/2021 (including Draft Quarry Product Prices) and Draft Long Term Financial Plan 2020/2030 are available for viewing on Council’s website here: https://richmondvalley.nsw.gov.au/council/on-exhibition/

Public submissions should be addressed to the General Manager, and can be made online, via email to council@richmondvalley.nsw.gov.au, or via post to Locked Bag 10, Casino NSW 2470.

Submissions close 4.30pm, Tuesday 16 June.

Due to COVID-19, copies of the draft documents are only available online. If you are unable to view the documents via Council’s website, please call 6660 0300 to arrange an alternative viewing method.

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