Level 1 Water Restrictions - Casino, Kyogle and Bonalbo

Due to the continuing dry conditions and resultant low flows in the Richmond River and Peacock Creek, residents are advised that Level 1 water restrictions for Casino, Kyogle and Bonalbo are to come into force on Midnight, Wednesday 22 October 2014 as follows :-

Sprinklers and fixed hoses (including soaker hoses) shall NOT be used between the hours of 8 am and 4 pm.

Hand held hoses may be used at any time, but to conserve water it is recommended that watering is only done during the cooler periods of early morning or evening. Exceptions are allowed for essential businesses where business hours dictate water use. Applications should be made in writing to the respective Council.

No restrictions apply for industrial or stock watering purposes.


Hazard reduction planned for Evans Head

Evans Head residents and Memorial Aerodrome users are advised that a planned hazard reduction will take place adjacent to the Aerodrome from Saturday 18 October onwards, weather permitting. Smoke may be significant and, depending on wind direction, may have a visibility impact. The NSW Rural Fire Service, Fire and Rescue NSW, NSW Department of Lands, Richmond Valley Council and the Northern Rivers Bush Fire Management Committee consider this to be an important hazard reduction to enhance the protection afforded to Evans Head from bush fire. The operation will involve around 40 firefighters. One helicopter will also be utilised and will be conducting operations from the aerodrome not above 500 feet.

Richmond Valley beaches best of the best

Richmond Valley beaches have again top scored in the annual NSW Government’s State of the Beaches report. For the fourth year in a row, Richmond Valley beaches scored 100 percent, compared to Ballina 60 percent, and Kempsey 40 percent.

Richmond Valley Council's General Manager John Walker said the recently released State of the Beaches Report 2013-2014 graded all four swimming spots monitored in the area as Very Good and Good, making the area's beaches some of the State's cleanest.

Mr Walker said this was good news for local beachgoers as they headed back to the surf, or to their favourite swimming spots, for another great summer.

He said visitors to the region could also be confident that our beaches were among the finest in NSW.

'For the Richmond Valley, this is an outstanding report card,' Mr Walker said.

'It is pleasing to know that water quality at beaches in the Richmond Valley is of a very high standard'.

'Put simply, local beachgoers and visitors to the Richmond Valley can expect clean beaches and excellent swimming conditions this summer.'

Key findings in the 2013-2014 report were:

  • Main Beach and Shark Bay were graded as Very Good. Water quality was suitable for swimming almost all of the time, with few significant sources of contamination.
  • Airforce Beach was graded as Good. Water quality at this site was also of a high standard and suitable for swimming for most of the time.
  • Evans River was graded as Good, with very good water quality during dry weather conditions, but swimming should be avoided during and following rainfall or when there are signs of stormwater pollution, such as discoloured water or floating debris. 

Mr Walker said while the report was good news, there were many things the community could do to help keep our swimming spots clean, such as placing litter in the bin and ensuring rubbish did not find its way into the stormwater system.

Media release: Monday 13 October 2014

Work to start on buffer zone at Casino flying-fox camp

RICHMOND Valley Council has been given approval to begin the removal and modification of trees adjacent to vulnerable properties affected by the flying-fox camp in Casino.  The aim of the habitat modification program is to provide an opportunity to increase the distance between flying foxes and residents without reducing roosting opportunities.  An ecologist was appointed to assess the habitat and found it to be suitable for modification work to start Wednesday 8 October and Thursday 9 October, weather permitting.

Work will involve the trimming and removal of selected non-indigenous trees, such as Cocus Palm and Jacaranda, and many listed noxious weeds including the Chinese Celtis, Green Cestrum, Camphor Laurel, broad-leaved Privet, and Crofton Weed, and will be conducted in the late afternoon and early evening while the flying foxes are out foraging.

An ecologist will be on site during the work to monitor the situation, and residents are asked to stay clear of the works where possible.

For further information, or a personal comment from General Manager John Walker, please contact Sharon Davidson on 02 6660 0257 or 0419 401 214.


Media release: Friday 3 October 2014

Works to reseal 35 Richmond Valley roads on track for next week

MAJOR resealing works will begin next week in Evans Head, Casino, Coraki, Woodburn, and surrounding areas as part of Richmond Valley Council’s routine maintenance program.
Work to reseal 35 streets and roads will start Tuesday 7 October and finish Saturday 18 October, weather permitting. Affected areas include:
  • Bentley – Naughtons Gap Road
  • Bora Ridge – Myall Creek Road
  • Casino - Albert Street, Camaroo Close, Canterbury Street, Charles Avenue, Colches Street, Convent Parade, Dyraaba Street, Frederick Street, High Street, Kyogle Street, Laurie Place, Lakeside Drive, Runnymede Street, Stapleton Avenue, Summit Street, Walker Street, West Street, Wiangarie Street, William Street, and Woodside Grove
  • Coraki – Kardina Street
  • Evans Head - Bundjalung Road, Evans Road and Ocean Drive
  • Ellangowan - Ellangowan Road
  • McKees Hill - Fig Tree Lane and Richardson Street
  • Swan Bay – Boggy Creek Road, Casuarina Street and Reardons Street
  • Woodburn - Richmond Street, School Lane and Swampy Creek Road
The resealing involves spraying a layer of hot bitumen on to the road and then rolling on a layer of stones to help create the new road surface. Motorists can expect minor delays if travelling on these streets between 7am and 5pm.
Reduced speed limits and stop-go traffic control will be in place for the safety of motorists and roadworkers.
Council’s General Manager John Walker said Council recognised roadworks could be an inconvenience and thanked residents for their patience and understanding while these important roadworks were underway.
Mr Walker said maintenance and improvement projects were carefully planned to allow roadworks to be completed safely, in a cost-effective way, while keeping disruption to road users to a minimum.
He said the project was part of Council’s commitment to deliver safe, efficient and high-quality infrastructure to the community and businesses of the Richmond Valley area.
Media release: Thursday 2 October 2014

New eco toilet flushed with success

INVESTING in an eco toilet for Casino’s CBD has certainly paid off with almost 13,000 visits being recorded since its inaugural flush in April.

Richmond Valley Council’s General Manager John Walker said it was not often he was called upon to tout the triumphs of a toilet, but in this case, he was pleased to oblige.

As of the start of this week, the eco toilet had recorded 12,623 visits.  

Mr Walker said if ever there was a case of money well spent, this was it.

He said the usage statistics for the eco toilet were that surprising, Council followed up with the company to ensure it was extracting the data correctly.

“After checking the average for an eight-day period twice, and the average of the three weeks between these periods, we found usage was around 75 times a day,” Mr Walker said.

Mr Walker said credit must go to Richmond Valley Ratepayers Association, in particular president Mavis Mohammed, for the strong advocacy for the installation of a public facility in the CBD.

The eco toilet features auto flush, lights which indicate when it's open, in use or closed for maintenance. There is an alarm which sounds after a few minutes if someone has entered and not moved, in case of an elderly person fainting.

The door opens automatically after 10 minutes, but a robotic voice gives you plenty of warning.

Media release: Thursday 25 September 2014


Richmond Valley Made (Do Not Delete)

The Richmond Valley is full of unique places, people and produce, all shaped (or ‘made’) by the local environment.  This is what makes the Richmond Valley area special.  Let’s shout about it. Let’s celebrate this diversity.  The ‘Richmond Valley Made’ icon allows us to stamp our pride across all that the valley has to offer.