Directions for Richmond Valley’s Economic Development discussion paper

PLANNING is underway for a new strategy to strengthen the Richmond Valley’s economy and support existing and emerging industries and Richmond Valley Council is inviting the community to share its feedback on the discussion paper.

The economic development strategy will set out a plan for how Council will support long-term economic growth and prosperity for its community.

To help Council develop the new strategy, a discussion paper titled Directions for Richmond Valley’s Economic Development was produced by Sea & Star Advisory, which also prepared an economic impacts statement for Council following last year’s two flood events.

The discussion paper is intended to prompt conversations about how to make our economy more resilient. It proposes five strategic directions to achieve that vision:

  1. Increase economic scale through the flood rebuild.
  2. Foster lifestyle and tourism markets for stronger local services.
  3. Secure agriculture’s supply chains and pursue growing markets.
  4. Broaden the Valley’s manufacturing and industrial base.
  5. Grow the population and labour force through new precincts.

Council welcomes feedback on the discussion paper which is available below

Discussions to be led by Sea & Star Advisory have been scheduled for businesses between 15 and 16 March at Casino, Coraki, Woodburn and Evans Head.

To register interest in attending, please email Latoya Cooper at

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