It is a new year and it’s all systems go for Richmond Valley Council - roads to resurface, playgrounds to maintain and refresh, parks to mow, sporting fields to keep, and, not least, rubbish to collect and dispose of. Our wish for 2015 is to make it easier for the community to have input and have voices heard. We encourage you to seek out opportunity to do so, as there are many different ways to have your say. If it is simply filling out a works request for a pothole in your road, or sending letters or emails to Council to have your opinion, or putting together a comprehensive petition, we won’t know if you don’t communicate. You can also connect to Council directly via Facebook or Twitter if that is an easier way for you to engage. You can also register to receive Council emails and SMS alerts via our website - www.richmondvalley.nsw.gov.au/page/Your_Council/Subscriptions/ and www.richmondvalley.nsw.gov.au/page/Your_Council/SMS_Alert_Subscriptions/ If we are engaged and proactive as a whole community, then we can work through issues to ensure the right outcome.
The population of flying foxes along the Richmond River in Casino has again exploded, prompting Richmond Valley Council to prepare a new camp management plan. If approved by the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage, the new plan would lead to a five-year licence, allowing ongoing management of the flying-fox camp.
Council’s General Manager John Walker said under a new State Government policy, Richmond Valley Council could take a more direct line in managing the flying-fox population in Casino.
Mr Walker said the Flying-fox Camp Management Policy 2014, introduced late last year, would empower Council and other land managers, including private property owners, to work with the community to effectively manage the Casino flying-fox camp. He said Council’s new management plan would improve on work last year to move the flying foxes away from the Casino Public School, private residences and businesses.
“Council’s new plan has the prime purpose of minimising the health impacts of the flying-fox camp on people,” Mr Walker said.
Mr Walker said issues raised by the community included loud noises, smell, and faecal droppings on cars, homes and washing, as well as the fear of diseases associated with flying foxes: "Just yesterday, I visited McAuliffe Park and homes along the riverbank and the stench of bat urine and putrefaction was overpowering, and the noise of screeching flying foxes was deafening.That is why Council is taking a practical approach to addressing the frustration the community has felt over the colony, and this new plan will deliver better outcomes for people, and for the flying foxes.”
Flying foxes remain protected, and under the new policy land managers will be able to get a five-year licence to:
- create buffer zones by removing vegetation to create a separation from populated areas, and to disturb animals at the boundary of the camp to encourage roosting away from human settlement;
- carry out camp disturbance or dispersal by clearing of vegetation or dispersal of animals by noise, water, smoke or light; and
- undertake camp management such as removal of trees which pose a health and safety risk, weed removal, including removal of noxious weeds, trimming of understorey vegetation, and the planting of vegetation.
The Flying-fox Management Policy can be viewed at: http://www.richmondvalley.nsw.gov.au/page/Environment/Casino_Flying-Fox_Camp/
Media Release: Wednesday, 18 February 2015
If you would like to learn valuable skills, give back to your community, meet new and interesting people and work with a friendly, helpful team, please consider becoming a volunteer with Richmond Valley Council. All on-the-job training will be provided and hours can be flexible to suit your lifestyle. Council will also support job network agencies’ endeavours to gain meaningful employment through volunteerism and prospective volunteers can also utilise volunteering with Richmond Valley Council to satisfy Centrelink job search requirements. Work experience and student placements are also supported. Enthusiastic candidates are invited to use the online registration form, which can be downloaded from www.richmondvalley.nsw.gov.au/page/Your_Council/Volunteering/ Alternatively, your can download the form, complete and post or email to us. A Workplace Relations team member will follow up your application, however, enquiries can be made directly at anytime to 6660 0239.
The Council this week endorsed the proposed Cycleways and Footpaths Priority Plan. The Plan is a revision and update of Council’s existing network. Currently Council allocates $70,000 from general revenue and variable amounts from S94A contributions per annum towards the construction of new footpaths and cycleways. For more details, please see attach list.
If you have completed a heritage project in the last year 2014/2015 - why not enter it into the National Trust Heritage Awards? Now entering its 21st year of recognising excellence in heritage, the National Trust Heritage Awards are the are the pinnacle celebration for the heritage community and an interesting place to see what is happening and the integrity involved. The National Trust Heritage Awards is the Signature event of the National Trust Heritage Festival. Categories include:
- Conservation- Built Heritage, Landscapes, Interior & Objects
- Adaptive Re-use
- Advocacy Campaigns
- Research & Investigation
- Education & Interpretation
Entries Close 17 April 2015. Further information can be found at www.heritageawards.com.au If you need any help or have questions please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
The SES is looking for new recruits to join its highly-skilled volunteers in the Richmond-Tweed region. Information sessions will be held in Broadwater, Casino, Coraki, and Woodburn in the first week of March. The aim of the sessions is to provide an overview of what is involved for anyone with an interest in joining the NSW SES. Please RSVP to 6625 7710.
- Broadwater: opposite the Sunrise Caravan Park, Monday 2 March 7pm
- Casino: 1 East Street, Saturday 7 March 10:30am
- Coraki: Richmond Terrace, Sunday 8 March 1:30pm
- Woodburn: Uralba Street next to Primary School, Wednesday 4 March 7pm
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.