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Cattle sale smashes NRLX records

June 9, 2020

RECORDS were smashed at the Northern Rivers Livestock Exchange on Friday, with total turnover creeping above $4 million for the first time. Following a sustained boom in demand for cattle since February, the year-to-date cash turnover at the NRLX is on track to exceed $110...

Council backs local clubs, groups with cash grants

June 5, 2020

FROM bee hotels, bird boxes, and edible plants, to IT hardware, essential building upgrades, and sporting equipment, the latest round of Richmond Valley Council’s community grants program has delivered in spades for the Valley’s volunteer clubs and organisations. Council allocated a total of $75,000 in...

Council canvasses options for new NRLX fee structure

May 21, 2020

RICHMOND Valley Council is seeking feedback from sellers and agents over options for a flexible new pricing structure at the Northern Rivers Livestock Exchange, which aims to provide certainty for the industry over the next three years. Prior to the 2019-2020 financial year, amid severe...

Exciting projects on the Richmond Valley horizon

May 20, 2020

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...

RVC backs first-ever Primex virtual field days

April 27, 2020

RICHMOND Valley Council has thrown its support behind Australia’s first-ever virtual field days event by providing Primex with a one-off grant of $15,000 from funding it received under the NSW Government’s Bushfire Community Resilience and Economic Recovery Fund. The funding was provided through the Commonwealth-State...

Council saves big on insurance premiums

April 9, 2020

RICHMOND Valley Council has saved its ratepayers almost $30,000 next year by undertaking an open and transparent tender process for its insurance premiums. Councillors recently voted to accept a tender from Civic Risk Mutual to provide insurance services for the next three years. Presently, Council...

Valley’s beaches closed to 4WD traffic from Tuesday 7 April

April 7, 2020

AFTER consultation with NSW Police and neighbouring Ballina Shire Council, Richmond Valley Council will close 4WD access points while keeping beaches open for essential public exercise. This decision is in line with the NSW Government's direction for people to stay at home, only drive for...

NRLX sales generate millions in revenue

March 31, 2020

DESPITE new COVID-19 operating procedures, the Northern  Rivers Livestock Exchange (NRLX) had a massive turnover last week, generating $$8,286,220 in sales.   The three sales – held on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday – saw 7784 head changing hands, with buyers joining in online for the...

No disruption to core Council services amid COVID-19 pandemic

March 24, 2020

RICHMOND Valley Council is reassuring residents it is taking sensible measures to keep essential services operating. General Manager Vaughan Macdonald said there would be no disruption to core Council services to the community. Mr Macdonald said Council’s customer contact centres in Casino and Evans Head...

Funding available for events in the Richmond Valley

February 26, 2020

ORGANISERS of events held between 1 July 2020 and 30 June 2021 can now apply for Richmond Valley Council funding aimed at driving visitor numbers and showcasing the authentic and beautiful Richmond Valley. Applications for the Richmond Valley Event Funding Scheme are now open to...

Delivery report highlights great progress

February 24, 2020

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...

Richmond Valley water restrictions lifted

February 14, 2020

FOLLOWING widespread rainfall across the Northern Rivers in recent days, water restrictions have now been lifted in the Richmond Valley local government area. Level three restrictions were introduced in September for Casino town water users, with Rous County Council raising its restrictions for the Mid...

Funding for safe and secure water in Casino

January 20, 2020

RICHMOND Valley Council will receive $80,000 to prepare a scoping study to determine a preferred option for securing an emergency raw water supply for Casino, Clarence Nationals MP Chris Gulaptis has announced. Mr Gulaptis said communities depended on access to clean water, and wastewater infrastructure...

16 young locals join Team RVC in 2020

January 14, 2020

SIXTEEN young recruits have been welcomed to the ranks of Richmond Valley Council in 2020, in preparation for another successful year of Council’s award-winning Youth Employment Strategy (YES). YES was developed in 2014 to provide more employment and training opportunities for Richmond Valley youth while...

Australia Day great opportunity to say ‘thank you’

December 18, 2019

Richmond Valley residents should plan for a grand Australia Day at the Casino Drill Hall precinct with preparations under way for a full program of spectacular events. As in past years, a local committee is chosen to host the day for the official Richmond Valley...

Have your say on future pathways in the Richmond Valley

December 5, 2019

Do you or your family members enjoy getting around town on foot, pedal or by other mobility means? Richmond Valley Council is currently reviewing its Pedestrian Access and Mobility Plan (PAMP), and has engaged consultants GeoLINK to carry out the review. The PAMP is a...

Valley comes alive with Christmas celebrations

November 29, 2019

RICHMOND Valley Council will host three special Christmas events this year in Evans Head, Casino, and Rappville, with a smorgasbord of family-friendly fun to bring joy to the festive season. The first tree to be lit in the Richmond Valley is the Evans Head Christmas...

Rappville clean ups to get underway

November 8, 2019

RICHMOND Valley Council has been working closely with bushfire-affected communities and government agencies to provide recovery support in the wake of the Busbys Flat Road bushfire, which burned more than 48,000ha, destroyed 42 homes and 95 dwellings, and damaged a further 57 structures. Several facilities...

Council consults on Razorback Lookout master plan

November 8, 2019

Richmond Valley Council is seeking the community’s views on the future of Evans Head’s Razorback Lookout, on Ocean Drive, with the release of a draft master plan for the site. Sitting 45 metres above sea level and offering commanding northern views across the township of...

Official opening of upgraded Woodburn Riverside Park

October 28, 2019

WOODBURN has a landmark attraction for locals and visitors alike with the opening of the first stage of the upgraded Woodburn Riverside Park on Monday 28 October. Jointly funded by the Australian and NSW governments and Richmond Valley Council, the $2.2 million project features a...

Council shows solid improvements in key performance measures

October 23, 2019

RICHMOND Valley Council has achieved several strong results in its 2018-2019 financial report, with the organisation exceeding a number of key industry benchmarks set by the NSW Office of Local Government. The draft 2018-2019 financial report, considered by councillors at last night’s meeting, includes notable...

Clean up begins for fire-affected residents

October 16, 2019

RICHMOND Valley Council will work closely with local bushfire-affected communities and government agencies to provide the support needed for clean up and rebuilding, as services move towards a recovery phase. The Busbys Flat fire, which burned 47,790ha, destroying 44 homes and damaging nine more, is...

Bush fire disaster recovery resources

October 14, 2019

A wide range of support services are available in response to the recent bush fire disaster in the Richmond Valley. Go to our main resources page here to view all the bush fire support latest information.  The NSW Office of Emergency Management coordinates the various...

Council receives revised Iron Gates proposal

October 2, 2019

A REVISED proposal for the subdivision of land at Iron Gates Drive, Evans Head, from three lots into 175 residential lots, three residue lots, four public reserves, a drainage reserve and a sewer pump station will be publicly exhibited from today for community feedback. The...

Increased patrols on Airforce Beach to curb ‘hoons’

September 20, 2019

RICHMOND Valley Council will increase ranger patrols from the start of the September school holidays as part of a broader strategy to address complaints of anti-social behaviour and traffic offences along the beach by some 4WD users. Alongside a heightened presence of rangers, Council will...

Council hands over keys to museum’s new home

September 20, 2019

RICHMOND Valley Council has handed over the keys of the new Evans Head Living Museum building to the museum’s dedicated volunteers. The refurbished 1920s school building has undergone an extensive renovation courtesy of Richmond Valley Council, and will provide a stable home for the museum’s...

Casino water restrictions jump to level three

September 16, 2019

Richmond Valley Council will this week impose level three water restrictions on Casino residents and businesses who receive a town water supply. Level one restrictions were in force before today’s decision, however, with water consumption being a little higher than predicted, Council believed it prudent...

Redeveloped Northern Rivers Livestock Exchange open for business

September 9, 2019

The long-awaited multi-million dollar upgrade of the Northern Rivers Livestock Exchange (NRLX) has finished, with the $7 million second stage being officially opened today by NSW Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro. Mr Barilaro said it was a tremendous asset for the...

Casino-to-Eltham rail trail report out

June 25, 2019

A NORTHERN Rivers Rail Trail (NRRT) business case has been released ahead of tonight’s (Tuesday 25 June) Richmond Valley Council meeting. The business case, prepared by Bathurst-based consultancy BusinessSense, covers the 45km Casino-to-Eltham section of the 130kms Casino-to-Murwillumbah rail corridor. Richmond Valley and Lismore City...

Council’s 2019-20 budget will deliver more for the Richmond Valley

May 23, 2019

RICHMOND Valley Council’s $60 million budget for 2019-20 features an $18.6 million investment in capital works to improve and maintain vital infrastructure and amenities for the community over the next 12 months. Alongside significant investments in road maintenance, waste management, water infrastructure and public amenities...

Independent tribunal approves full special rate variation

May 14, 2019

LOCAL roads, community infrastructure and recreational facilities have been given the go ahead to receive vital renewal funding following the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal’s (IPART) approval of Richmond Valley Council’s application to increase the general rate above the rate peg. Council applied to IPART...

Council backs 12-month freeze on NRLX fee increases

April 17, 2019

AS our agricultural sector recovers from a severe drought, Richmond Valley Council has taken the initiative to freeze agent and seller sale fees at the Northern Rivers Livestock Exchange (NRLX) in the 2019-2020 financial year. Council voted unanimously for the measure at its 17 April...

Medicinal cannabis facility still in the picture

March 5, 2019

RICHMOND Valley Council and Australian-owned SANA Nutraceuticals are working hard to establish a medicinal cannabis facility in the area, with Council having a memorandum of understanding with SANA Founder and CEO Michael Horsfall. Mr Horsfall said following an amicable split from Canadian companies Agraflora Organics...

Calling for visitor information centre volunteers

March 1, 2019

ONCE the newly built visitor information centres open their doors in Casino and Woodburn, volunteers will be needed. Anyone interested should have a passion for the Richmond Valley and Northern Rivers. Volunteering is a great way to share local knowledge, which helps visitors and residents...

Special Rate Variation – planning for our Future together

January 31, 2019

Council is facing the challenge of balancing community expectations with future financial sustainability and we need your help to make some important decisions. Like many other NSW councils, our roads, footpaths, drainage and other community assets require ongoing maintenance and upgrades to ensure they meet the level of service expected...

Council featured in women and leadership report

January 15, 2019

Richmond Valley Council's innovative efforts to deliver support and opportunities for women in the workplace have been recognised, with Council featuring in Women & Leadership Australia's annual report, The 101st Day. Women & Leadership Australia is a national initiative committed to supporting the presence of...

Local traders urged to join new online marketplace

December 12, 2018

RICHMOND Valley Council this week introduced a new e-Procurement process to boost the local economy and drive business to local suppliers. VendorPanel Marketplace will be used by Council officers when there is no preferred or pre-qualified supplier arrangement in place. According to General Manager Vaughan...

Casino’s much-loved ‘Queen’ receives funding boost

December 11, 2018

CASINO’S Queen Elizabeth Park will receive a funding injection of $479,717 from the NSW Government’s Stronger Country Communities Fund (SCCF) to upgrade many of its facilities. Nine sporting clubs which regularly use the complex for training and games will be saying goodbye to the decades-old...

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