Contractor to replace defective asphalt

Lismore-based company Clark Asphalt will next week begin removing and replacing defective asphalt on Centre Street, Casino. The asphalt is being replaced due to the discovery of inconsistencies in its quality, which could result in that section of road not reaching its design life. The asphalt was laid in October 2013. The project was managed by Richmond Valley Council on behalf of Roads and Maritime Services. Clark Asphalt was the selected contractor for the resurfacing project. The remedial work, between Johnston Street to the South Casino roundabout, will involve removing and replacing about 1300 tonnes of asphalt, to ensure the road’s long-term integrity. All of the remedial work is being done at the contractor’s expense and at no cost to Richmond Valley ratepayers.

Work will start on Monday, weather permitting, and is expected to take two weeks to complete. An asphalting crew will be working to remove the existing surface at night between 6pm and 11pm, with the new overlay being placed between the hours of 9am to 4pm daily. Crews will be working seven days a week to get the job finished before the start of the Australia Day long weekend.

The process will start at the Johnson Street roundabout end and move through to Hare Street on the southbound lanes, returning via the northbound lanes. Detours will be in place for the duration of the project, and motorists should follow directions of traffic controllers. Regular updates will be posted to Council’s website and Facebook page, as well as the MyRoadInfo site.

On behalf of Roads and Maritime Services and Clark Asphalt, Richmond Valley Council apologises for any inconvenience these essential works may cause.


Media Release: 9 January 2015

Council seeks more information from Iron Gates developer

Richmond Valley Council received almost 60 submissions regarding the development of 178 residential lots in Evans Head. The proponent of the subdivision of the residential-zoned component of Iron Gates, which would include 178 residential lots, three public reserve lots, two fire trail lots, and three residue lots, Gold Coral Pty Ltd, has been asked to provide further information in support of the development application. Issues raised range from the adequacy of the flora and fauna assessment prepared by the applicant, to the potential impacts of Iron Gates on future development of the Evans Head Aerodrome, the proximity of the RAAF’s Evans Head Bombing Range, the impact of the outstanding court orders related to a previous DA on land included in the current application, the extent of Aboriginal cultural heritage investigations and the impact of residential development, and the economic impacts of an increased population, as well as infrastructure issues. Council’s General Manager John Walker said as with all development applications received by Council, the proposal was undergoing a full professional and technical assessment to ensure it met relevant NSW Government legislation and planning controls. Mr Walker said following the completion of Council’s own assessment, and from issues raised in the submissions and by some government agencies, more information was now being sought from Gold Coral. He said having the right information about the proposal was critical to proper assessment of the DA. “All DAs should be treated on their merits,” Mr Walker said. “Therefore, Council has requested additional material, or a formal response, from the applicant based on matters raised by the public, as well as from our own assessment of the DA. “Once received, a report will be compiled and forwarded to the Northern Joint Regional Planning Panel (NJPP) for final determination.” Mr Walker said the NJPP met on an as-needs-basis, and was unable to confirm a final determination date.

Media Release: Thursday, 8 January 2015

Funding paves way for a new Casino Showground pavillion

Richmond Valley Council has welcomed the NSW Government’s support of one its vital community assets – the Casino Showground.

Richmond Valley Mayor Ernie Bennett said the announcement by Clarence MP Chris Gulaptis that the Casino Showground was one of many projects to receive funding under the Public Reserves Management Fund Program was terrific news, and would result in the construction of a new $160,000 pavilion.

Cr Bennett said the Casino Showground was home to the Casino Men’s Shed and the Casino Show Society’s annual agricultural show, as well as the venue of choice for a great many local activities including the Beef Week Rodeo, pony club, dog shows, and heavy machinery displays.

He said as Showground Trust Manager, Council was always looking at various ways to open the door for more events at the showground, which in turn would generate more income into the local economy.

He said the first hurdle had been crossed with the NSW Government allocating $160,000 to build a new pavilion.

“This is fantastic news,” Cr Bennett said. “Council applied for the funding with a plan so it’s good to see it come through.”

Cr Bennett said a decision was yet to be made on the location of the new pavilion, and a meeting between Council and showground users would be held in the new year to discuss all options.

Three other Richmond Valley projects received funding under the program:

  • $13,548 for ongoing maintenance and development of Riley's Hill Dry Dock Reserve;
  • $1500 to decommission two pit toilets at Yorklea Public Hall; and
  • $500 for maintenance of and consumables for existing machinery at Broadwater Koala Reserve.

For further information, or a personal comment from Mayor Ernie Bennett, please contact Sharon Davidson on 02 6660 0257 or 0419 401 214.

Media Release: 22 December 2014


Seventeen students say YES to jobs with Council

Richmond Valley Council is already reaping the benefits of its new Youth Employment Strategy (YES), with 17 local high school students accepting a range of positions across the organisation.

The new recruits will take up their positions in January.

Council’s General Manager John Walker said YES was formed in response to the emerging issue of the lack of youth employment opportunities in our community, as well as the need for Council to future-proof its workforce.

Mr Walker said to continue its role of delivering quality services for the Richmond Valley community, Council must become an attractive employment option by creating opportunities for younger, less experienced employees, and emerging leaders.

He said helping young people find meaningful employment would have a lasting impact on Council’s competitiveness and the long-term strength of its workforce.

“YES is Council’s commitment to help young people gain the skills, work experience and abilities they need to enjoy a successful career in local government,” Mr Walker said.

“We are excited to announce 17 local high school students have accepted a range of positions with Council, through professional scholarships, full-time apprenticeships and traineeships, and school-based traineeships.

“Nurturing new employees straight from high school will not only generate a great talent pipeline into the organisation, providing valuable progression opportunities from within, but will also ensure knowledge is transferred, and skill loss is managed.”

Mr Walker said recruiting young people was part of Council’s long-term approach to workforce investment.

He said when young people find meaningful work, the whole community benefits.

“Providing opportunities for our young people to learn the skills which will equip them for the future is important not only for them, but also for the future wellbeing of our community,” Mr Walker said.


Media Release: Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Council makes second bid for funding to restart stalled saleyards redevelopment

Richmond Valley Council is escalating its push for an upgrade to the Northern Rivers Livestock Exchange (NRLX) after last year’s Federal election put its plans on the backburner.

Council yesterday lodged a second application for $3.5 million for Stage 1 of the saleyards redevelopment under the Federal Government’s new National Stronger Regions Fund. If successful, the grant will be matched by Council to ensure the project is completed as soon as possible.

Although supported by the former Federal Labor Government, initial project funding was withdrawn by the Coalition soon after the 2013 election.

Council will also seek a further $5 million from the NSW Government for Stage 2 works, under the proposed regional infrastructure fund set up by the lease of the State’s poles and wires.

Richmond Valley Mayor Ernie Bennett said he appreciated competition for National Stronger Regions funding and the NSW Government’s yet-to-be-named fund would be tough, but he could see no reason why the saleyards project shouldn't get support.

Cr Bennett said he would strenuously lobby local Members of Parliament, Kevin Hogan and Chris Gulaptis, to apply pressure on their governments for financial help.

He said both governments would benefit from the project because the grant money would generate significant economic activity.

“The NRLX is the fourth largest in cattle sales in NSW, and Council's two-stage redevelopment plan has merit,” Cr Bennett said.

“The upgrade is a most critical project for the region’s productivity and economic growth, and we cannot allow it to fall through the cracks a second time.

“We need action on this priority project now, and I’m asking our local representatives to get behind us 100 percent.”

The project will deliver a modern facility by providing roofing to the cattle muster and sale areas, which would also permit soft flooring to be introduced.

The roof will also permit rain water harvesting and storage for use in truck wash, pen hose down and public amenities. This will greatly reduce the facilities reliance on town water supply and provide significantly greater environmental outcomes. The capture of rain water will also mean a reduced volume of contaminated run-off to be processed onsite.

Installation of modern, self-latching gates and barriers will protect staff and the public providing modern stock handling facilities to comply with WH&S standards. All non-compliant steps and stairs will be replaced to ensure public access areas meet current criteria.

Cr Bennett said the value-add which would occur should more cattle be sold from the saleyards was significant and quantifiable, and a good case had been made for Council to receive funding.

“Week in, week out, local agents work tirelessly to ensure they offer good numbers and quality stock for buyers to choose from,” Cr Bennett said.

“But a more modern and efficient regional saleyards will help them achieve higher sale prices, and will attract more regular attendances by major buyers.

“For our producers, and the economy of the region, it is important we get this project underway.”

Media Release: Thursday, 27 November 2014

Nominations now open for the Richmond Valley Citizen Awards Australia Day 2015

Nominations for Richmond Valley Citizen Awards’ are open. If you want that special someone to have all their hard work recognised, then nominate them now. Go on, nominate someone great in our community today!

Download the Nomination Form (PDF 607kb)

Download the Australia Day Flyer (PDF 450kb)

This year there are seven award categories:

Citizen of the Year: A person, who is 25 years of age or over, who has either made a noteworthy contribution during the current year or given outstanding service to the local community for a number of years.

Young Citizen of the Year: A person, who is 24 years of age or under, who has either made a noteworthy contribution during the current year or given outstanding service to the local community for a number of years.

Sportsperson of the Year : A person, who is 18 years of age or over, who has actively supported the sporting community in a voluntary capacity, achieved outstanding results in their sporting field or assisted in promoting sport in their local area.

Young Sportsperson of the Year: A person, who is 17 years of age or under, who has actively supported the sporting community in a voluntary capacity, achieved outstanding results in their sporting field or assisted in promoting sport in their local area.

Volunteer of the Year: A person, who is 25 years of age or over, who exemplifies the spirit of community service, serves as a role model and works tirelessly without recognition behind the scenes.

Young Volunteer of the Year: A person who is 24 years of age or under, who exemplifies the spirit of community service, serves as a role model and works tirelessly without recognition behind the scenes.

Indigenous Citizen of the Year: An indigenous person who actively supports the promotion of Aboriginal culture in an effort to increase awareness and understanding of Aboriginal identity, culture and practices.

Nominations close at 4pm on Friday, 9 January 2015.

For further enquiries contact Richmond Valley Council Event Officers on 6660 0300 or email

Send your nomination to:

The General Manager
Richmond Valley Council
Locked Bag 10


Fax: 02 6660 1300

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