The Richmond Valley Local Government Area (LGA) covers approximately 3051 square kilometres and stretches about 85 km inland from the coast of Evans Head to the foothills of the Great Dividing Range. The LGA has boundaries with Lismore, Ballina, Kyogle and Clarence Valley Councils. The region comprises mountain bush and hilly scrubland, timber country and grazing land, floodplains with sugar cane and tea tree stands, wetland and swamp to coastal heath, rocky headlands and dunal systems.

State of the Environment

The latest Regional State of the Environment report for the North Coast Region of NSW was compiled in 2016 by Rous County Council.

Reporting on major environmental indicators from 2011 to 2016, it identifies important environmental trends where relevant. Data was provided by Council,
state and federal government, universities, energy suppliers and community groups.

Also available is a summary for the Richmond Valley Local Government Area.

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Acid Sulfate Soil

Acid Sulfate Soil is recognised as being a major environmental issue in the region and effective management is essential for the long-term sustainability of the land and water systems in the area.


Advice and guidance on asbestos awareness in your home or business and information regarding asebstos removal.

Backyard Burn Off Permits

Permits to burn are required for all backyard burning in residential areas, including rural residential, across the local government area.


Council is committed to conducting Beachwatch monitoring at Evans Head. Find out which beaches are monitored here.

EPA Licence

The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) requires all holders of environment protection licences to make pollution monitoring data publicly available .

Food Premises

Food service standards must be met by those conducting the provision of food.

Plants and Animals

There are 413 species, five populations and 18 ecological communities listed as endangered or vulnerable in the Northern Rivers Catchment Authority (NRCMA) area.


If a source of noise is a problem for you, there are several things you can do.

Pollution Incidents – Notification

There is a duty to report pollution incidents under section 148 of the Protection of the Environment Operations Act 1997 (POEO Act).


The duties of council rangers can vary from council to council. In addition, the officers may have different position titles compared to a neighbouring council even if they are performing similar duties.

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