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After fire and flood, Richmond Valley puts produce on the map

17 November 2022

PRODUCERS from the Richmond Valley and surrounds will stage a gourmet experience to put them squarely on the culinary map. The Richmond Valley Made Paddock-to-Plate Feast will be held under the stars in the gardens of Windara, Casino, on Friday 25 November. Commissioned by Richmond...

Primex battleground for 2022 Best Tasting Tap Water title

8 November 2022

AUSTRALIA’S best tasting tap water will be decided on Saturday 12 November when the Water Industry Operators Association of Australia (WIOA) and Richmond Valley Council host the Ixom 2022 Best Tasting Tap Water in Australia competition. Water authorities from various regional and metropolitan areas across...

NRLX cracks number two spot

28 October 2022

IN just three short years, the Northern Rivers Livestock Exchange (NRLX) has outperformed key regional livestock markets to become number two in NSW for throughput. According to Meat & Livestock Australia’s 2018-2019 NSW cattle saleyard survey, the NRLX was sitting at number seven in NSW....

Community race day to honour ‘local heroes’

10 October 2022

GET trackside with family and friends on Saturday 22 October at the Casino Racecourse to celebrate those who have helped us through some of the worst natural disasters on record. Twelve natural disasters and a pandemic have taken their toll on the Richmond Valley over...

Iron Gates developer lodges court appeal

29 September 2022

RICHMOND Valley Council has received notice of an appeal by Goldcoral Pty Ltd to the Land and Environment Court of NSW, seeking to overturn the recent refusal of the Iron Gates, Evans Head, development application. Although this matter was determined by the Northern Regional Planning...

Richmond Valley community honours Queen Elizabeth II

15 September 2022

RICHMOND Valley residents wishing to pay their respects to Queen Elizabeth II will have the opportunity to do so next Thursday, 22 September, at Queen Elizabeth Park, Casino. Richmond Valley Council Mayor Robert Mustow said many people were looking for a way to honour The...

Casino Fun Run back up and running

26 August 2022

GET your running shoes ready, it’s time to hit the streets of Casino again. The Casino Fun Run will be back running the roads on Sunday 23 October and organisers are encouraging anyone to run, jog or walk to a great day. The Fun Run...

NSW Flood Inquiry response backs RVC’s recommendations

23 August 2022

RICHMOND Valley Council has welcomed the release of the NSW Flood Inquiry response, which highlights many of the concerns raised by Council in its submission to the independent expert inquiry. The Inquiry’s report addressed 11 of Council’s 12 concerns, outlined in its May submission. Council’s...

Top price record tumbles at annual All Breeds sale

3 August 2022

MORE than 800 people took part in Saturday’s 2022 Casino All Breeds bull and female sale, which saw a new record set for the top price bull at $28,000 - $8000 above last year’s price. The popular annual sale, held at the Northern Rivers Livestock...

‘Town Crier’ awarded Local Tourism Hero honour

2 August 2022

CASINO’S much-loved ‘Town Crier’, Brenda Armfield, has been recognised for her support of Richmond Valley events and tourism by being named a Local Tourism Hero. The announcement was made at last week’s North Coast Tourism Symposium and Awards Gala Dinner in Grafton. Brenda is a...

Vacant Barker Street block to get green makeover

27 July 2022

BARKER Street Casino is about to get its very own park, thanks to a $340,000 NSW Government’s Streets as Shared Spaces grant. Borne out of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Streets as Shared Spaces program provides one-off grant funding to support local councils to test and...

Casino Truck Show online registrations now open

1 July 2022

REGISTRATIONS are now open for the 2022 North Coast Petroleum Casino Truck Show, to be held on Saturday 6 August. This year, individuals and companies can register their trucks online by following this link: casinotruckshow.com.au. On-day entries will also be accepted. Entry is $30 per...

Budget includes significant flood repair investment

1 July 2022

RICHMOND Valley Council’s 2022-2023 Budget includes a significant $50,611,790 capital works program to help the community recover from the devastating February-March flood events. A further $24,120,310 has been earmarked for 2023-2024 projects. The Budget also shows surplus budgets for all four years of the delivery...

RVC welcomes NSW Government rate relief funding

7 June 2022

RICHMOND Valley Mayor Robert Mustow has welcomed the NSW Government’s announcement of rate relief for flood-affected residents. Under the program, eligible ratepayers will have their residential, commercial and farm rates for the upcoming 2022/23 financial year covered by the NSW Government. “Council wrote to the...

RVC calls for new emergency management model

31 May 2022

RICHMOND Valley Council is calling for a new model for emergency management in NSW, following this year’s catastrophic flood events. In an 18-page submission to the 2022 NSW Flood Inquiry, Council said it was time to rethink the way that disaster response and recovery was...

Community feedback sought on plans for the future

24 May 2022

THIS month’s Richmond Valley Council meeting received a range of reports which outline Council’s delivery and financial plans for the future. The Rebuilding the Richmond Valley Delivery Program sets out Council’s vision to help restore its community over the next three years, in partnership with...

Sale of industrial land to boost job creation

13 May 2022

IN a bid to encourage job creation, Richmond Valley Council is selling nine industrial-zoned lots at Reynolds Road, Casino. The lots, which are contained in the Richmond Valley Regional Job Precinct, range in size from 5000m2 to 5ha and were developed to attract employment-generating industries...

Countdown on for inaugural country music muster

7 April 2022

THE countdown is on for the inaugural 2022 Casino Cow Country Music Muster, and tickets are selling fast. In what is hoped to become the newest addition to the country music circuit, the Cow Country Music Muster will be held on the green at the...

Report: Flood costs $150 million; economic impact $250 million

7 April 2022

RICHMOND Valley Council has responded to the recent flooding crisis with a detailed report outlining the extent of the recovery challenge and its plans to rebuild its infrastructure, economy, and community. The Richmond Valley Flood 2022 Response, which was handed to NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet...

North Coast councils seeking regional waste solutions

5 April 2022

RICHMOND Valley Council and eight other councils across the NSW North Coast are seeking a new processing facility to cut waste going to landfill. The councils are calling for expressions of interest from industry proponents to provide a regional response to the challenge of the...

Save the date – Casino Truck Show 6 August 2022

22 March 2022

THE countdown to one of Australia’s favourite truck shows is officially on, with today’s announcement the 2022 North Coast Petroleum Casino Truck Show will be held on Saturday 6 August. The event is being coordinated by Richmond Valley Council, with support from the NCP Casino...

Disaster Recovery Centre to aid those impacted by floods

8 March 2022

RICHMOND Valley Council and the NSW Government have established a Disaster Recovery Centre to provide information, assistance, and help for residents and business owners who were affected by the recent flooding events. The Recovery Centre is open six days a week until further notice, and...

Clean up begins for flood-affected residents

7 March 2022

NOW that floodwaters have started to recede across the Richmond Valley, Council will continue to work closely with local flood-affected communities and government agencies to provide the support needed for clean up and rebuilding, as services now move towards a recovery phase. A coordinated clean-up...

Australia Day award winners

1 February 2022

Congratulations to our Richmond Valley Australia Day Award Winners. Each year our nation celebrates the achievement and contribution of Australians through the Australian of the Year Awards. They inspire us through their achievements and challenge us to make our own contribution to creating a better...

Richmond Valley Council Australia Day Award Nominees

25 January 2022

THE nominees for the 2022 Richmond Valley Council Australia Day Awards have been named ahead of the community celebrations on Wednesday 26 January. Each year we have the opportunity to celebrate the achievements and contributions of our region's finest - those who lead by example...

RVC crowned Best Tasting Tap Water in Australia

20 January 2022

CASINO is officially home to Australia's best tap water with Richmond Valley Council today taking out top honours in the Ixom 2021 Best Tasting Tap Water in Australia competition. Representing NSW, Council beat out Queensland, Victoria, South Australia, West Australia and Tasmania and will now...

Deputy Mayor elected at new council’s first meeting

20 January 2022

COUNCILLOR Steve Morrissey was elected deputy mayor at the first extraordinary meeting of Richmond Valley Council on Tuesday, as two new councillors were welcomed by Mayor Robert Mustow. The newly-minted Council elected Cr Morrissey unopposed to the position for 12 months. This will be the...

Development application refused for New Italy service centre

19 January 2022

FOLLOWING a comprehensive and exhaustive assessment process, the proposal for a highway service centre at New Italy has been refused by Richmond Valley Council’s Development Assessment Panel. The proposal required consent of Transport for NSW to create a new access for the proposed highway service...

Evans Head set to host Australia Day spectacular

17 January 2022

PREPARATIONS are underway for a full program of family-friendly events at Evans Head on Australia Day, Wednesday 26 January. As in past years, a community committee was formed to host the day on behalf of Richmond Valley Council as the official Australia Day celebrations. The...

Declaration of Richmond Valley Council Election

24 December 2021

The NSW Electoral Commission was selected by Council to manage the 2021 Local Government Election on December 4. 16,469 residential and non-residential electors were enrolled in the Richmond Valley Council area on 25 October 2021. The following elections were held: Election of a Mayor Election...

Partnership delivers Richmond Valley Christmas hope

13 December 2021

Partnership delivers Richmond Valley Christmas hope to those who most need it Two Casino Momentum Collective projects will soon go ahead in Casino thanks to substantial Nationals in NSW Government funding, Clarence Nationals MP Chris Gulaptis announced at the not for profit’s site on Thursday....

Half a million dollars for Richmond Valley community projects

13 December 2021

Three more community projects will go ahead in the Richmond Valley thanks to a new round of Nationals in NSW Government grants totalling a little over half a million dollars, Clarence Nationals MP Chris Gulaptis has announced in the company of re-elected Richmond Valley Mayor...

Casino Greyhound Track funding boost

13 December 2021

CASINO GREYHOUND RACING TRACK TO SHINE EVEN BRIGHTER WITH $270,000 FUNDING BOOST FROM THE NATIONALS IN NSW GOVERNMENT Greyhound racing at Casino’s greyhound track at Queen Elizabeth Park is set to shine even brighter thanks to over $270,000 in funding from the Nationals in NSW...

Richmond Valley Council Christmas Closures 2021

13 December 2021

Richmond Valley Council offices and services will change over the Christmas period. COUNCIL OFFICES AND LIBRARIES Council’s Customer Service Centres and Libraries will close at 3pm Friday 24 December and re-open on Tuesday 4 January. WASTE SERVICES Council’s waste facilities will all be closed for...

Community ready to celebrate Christmas

19 November 2021

Christmas trees to make Mid Richmond debuts AFTER a couple of years of uncertainty, Richmond Valley Council has confirmed the Community Christmas Festival Calendar will return for 2021 and will run from Thursday 2 December to Sunday 19 December. And in more good news, the...

Last Council meeting looks back on productive five-year term

17 November 2021

FOLLOWING the longest term in history, Richmond Valley Council last night tabled the 2016-2021 End of Term Report, which highlights Council’s successful continued implementation of its Community Strategic Plan (CSP). The CSP, prepared in collaboration with the community, is underpinned by a suite of strategies...

Major upgrade for Evans Heads breakwall

15 November 2021

THERE is no shortage of new pathways in Evans Head, and pavement along the southern breakwall is the latest to undergo an upgrade. Transport for NSW is starting work today on the $150,000 project, part of $205 million stimulus package allocated to maritime infrastructure and...

Rappvile rebuilds after fires with new RFS Brigade Station

8 November 2021

A NEW Rural Fire Service brigade station – that has become a symbol of resilience – has been officially opened in the northern NSW village of Rappville. Clarence Nationals MP Chris Gulaptis was joined by the Minister for Police and Emergency Services David Elliott and...

Modern new library an inviting space for users

28 October 2021

WITH its welcoming interior, wide open spaces and modern facilities, the new Evans Head Library was officially opened today by Member for Clarence Chris Gulaptis and Richmond Valley Council Mayor Robert Mustow. With new furniture, furnishings and amenities, the renovation both inside and out has...

Iron Gates DA on public exhibition

22 September 2021

THE Iron Gates residential subdivision development application will be on public exhibition for one month from this Friday, 24 September, as is required under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979. Submissions must be received by 11.30pm Sunday 24 October. The development application was referred...

Planning panel refers Iron Gates DA back to Council

8 September 2021

THE Northern Rivers Planning Panel (NRPP) earlier this week accepted a Clause 55 variation under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000 for the Iron Gates development proposal in Evans Head. Clause 55 means a development application may be amended or varied by the applicant,...

Give us a break – Council’s plea to NSW Government

3 September 2021

RICHMOND Valley Council is calling on the NSW Government to rethink its approach to regional lockdowns in areas which are currently COVID-free. Richmond Valley Council Mayor Robert Mustow said the current lockdown requirements were crippling local communities and it was time to take a more...

Council asks NSW Government to review Dunoon Dam decision

18 August 2021

RICHMOND Valley Council is asking the NSW Government to review Rous County Council’s planning processes following its shelving of the proposed Dunoon Dam, and complete the required investigations of the project independently. In a mayoral minute passed unanimously by Council at last night’s meeting, Mayor...

Local councils sign on for new disaster dashboards

16 August 2021

NEW online disaster dashboards will provide real-time information to help residents and visitors to the Lismore, Richmond Valley and Kyogle areas be aware of, prepare for and respond to local emergencies. From road conditions and closures, to power outages and river heights, the disaster dashboards...

Council awards tender for construction of new Rappville Community Hall

23 July 2021

RAPPVILLE residents can again look forward to holding community events in the heart of their village, with Richmond Valley Council awarding a construction tender for the new Rappville Community Hall at its meeting on Tuesday. Richmond Valley-based Bennett Robertson Builders is expected to start construction...

NRLX dollar turnover ‘through the roof’

30 June 2021

AFTER a booming 2020-2021 financial year, the Northern Rivers Livestock Exchange (NRLX) dollar turnover has demolished the all-time record of $113,616,791, coming in at $143,216,075. Applauding the results, Richmond Valley Council’s General Manager Vaughan Macdonald said the agriculture and food production sectors accounted for almost...

Hereford ‘white face’ bull sets new NRLX record

25 June 2021

A HEREFORD bull has smashed a Northern Rivers Livestock Exchange (NRLX) sales record today when it fetched $16,000 at the annual Ramsey & Bulmer Bull and Female auction, $7000 more than last year’s top-priced seller. The well-attended live auction, known as the white face sale,...

21st century planning portal coming to a computer near you

10 June 2021

FROM July 1, Richmond Valley Council will be accepting and processing all development-related applications and certificates via a new ePlanning portal. The platform was developed by the State Government, and all NSW councils are required to be using the NSW Planning Portal to lodge development...

Emergency work requires changes to rural road grading program

24 May 2021

RICHMOND Valley Council has been forced to suspend its rural gravel road grading maintenance program to allow the concentration of resources to those areas affected by recent flooding events. Council’s General Manager Vaughan Macdonald said late summer rain and a wetter-than-normal start to autumn had...

Records tumble as the NRLX breaks $10 million barrier

31 March 2021

IN an inspirational turnaround since the devastating 2019 bushfires, the Northern Rivers Livestock Exchange has celebrated its biggest ever week of sales in March, with combined revenue from three days of sales exceeding $10 million. Day one of the annual George & Fuhrmann weaner sale...

Exciting upgrades for Razorback Lookout and Casino Drill Hall precinct

18 December 2020

RICHMOND Valley Council will commit a $1.285 million funding boost from the Australian Government to upgrade two prised landmarks in Evans Head and Casino. Council initially received an allocation of $1,002,214 through the Local Roads and Community Infrastructure program to spend on priority projects. As...

New campaign inspires travellers to explore the Richmond Valley

13 November 2020

LOCAL businesses and tourism providers across the Richmond Valley will receive a much-needed boost, with a new Discover Richmond Valley television advertisement airing this Sunday, 15 November, on PRIME7 and NBN. The ad, which will feature across the Gold Coast and Lismore viewing regions, is...

New funding a game changer for Richmond Valley economy

4 November 2020

MORE than $21 million will flow to the Richmond Valley local government area to encourage new business and boost economic growth. Richmond Valley Council has been successful in obtaining $21,169,000 from the Bushfire Local Economic Recovery Fund, co-funded by the NSW and Australian governments, to...

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