Council opens employment door to local students

Richmond Valley Council is encouraging local high school students to kick start their careers with on-the-job training at Council. In an unprecedented move, Council will be offering a number of professional scholarships and full time apprenticeships and traineeships, as well as school-based apprenticeships. Council’s General Manager John Walker said as a community leader and one of the region’s biggest employers, Council wanted to help local young people get into work, and offering scholarships, apprenticeships and traineeships was an important part of Council’s plans to do this.

Mr Walker said this latest initiative complemented Council’s previous decision to reduce reliance on contractors by directly employing more local people and building up plant and equipment stock. He said each year a specific intake number would be determined and forwarded to schools for promotion. “Council is committed to providing ongoing job opportunities for young people to encourage them to stay in our local government area, and, equally important, to be active members of their communities,” Mr Walker said. “This can be achieved by Council through scholarships and other career opportunities for young people seeking professional careers in local government.”

Mr Walker said there were many different types of scholarships, apprenticeships and traineeships on offer, such as: business administration; civil construction; electro technology; engineering; fabrication; finance; horticulture; management; planning and development;  mechanical; stores; welding; and water operations. He said all successful applicants would gain on-the-job training, as well as assistance to complete a nationally recognised qualification.

Council will be holding a careers evening on Thursday 28 August in the Casino Community & Cultural Centre between 4pm and 6pm. Year 10, 11 and 12 students and parents and carers are welcome to come along and find out about full time scholarships, traineeships and apprenticeship opportunities with Council. There will be representatives from Council, TAFE and VERTO Apprenticeship Centre on hand to explain any questions students and parents may have. Students seeking more information about scholarships, traineeships and apprenticeship opportunities, or the career evening, should contact Council’s Personnel Officer Sue Franey on 6660 0351.

Media release: 6 August 2014

Payment of Rates and Water/Sewer Charges

Friendly reminder to ratepayers that the 1st instalment of rates and 4th quarter water/sewer notices were due by 31 August 2014.

Rates instalments not paid by 31 August 2014 are due and payable now.

Council offers a number of payment options which are detailed on the back page of the notices issued.  Council also offers a direct debit facility to deduct payments on a weekly, fortnightly, monthly, quarterly or annual basis.

Please contact Council if you wish to commence direct debit payments.  If you are experiencing difficulty in paying rates or charges please contact Council to discuss a possible payment arrangement or application to Council's Financial Hardship Policy.

Commencement of bush fire danger period

In accordance with Section 82 of the Rural Fires Act 1997, the bush fire danger period commenced in the Richmond Valley local government area on Friday, 1 August 2014. Any person wishing to light a fire from 1 August 2014 will require a fire permit to light a fire until the bush fire danger period is revoked. People wishing to light a fire during this period are required to notify the NSW RFS and all adjoining neighbours 24 hours prior to lighting. Failure to comply can result in fines under the Rural Fires Act 1997. Smoke regulations prohibit burning in some areas; contact Council or your local Fire Brigade for further information.

12 month household asbestos disposal trial underway

Richmond Valley Council, in collaboration with NE Waste, has begun a trial Householders’ Asbestos Disposal Scheme (HADS) to help reduce disposal costs for asbestos by up to 30 percent. The project is a NSW EPA Waste Less, Recycle More initiative, funded from the waste levy as part of the NSW Government’s commitment to reduce illegal dumping and enhance waste services across the State. The funding allows for an incentive of up to $50 per tonne for registered residents who disposed of wrapped bonded asbestos at the Nammoona Transfer Station in Casino. In addition, the NSW EPA will waive the waste levy on bonded asbestos disposed of in the Richmond Valley to assess whether there was a change in illegal dumping incidents. Richmond Valley residents under the asbestos trial scheme can dispose of up to five tonnes once only, and will be required to provide proof of their address.

Householders disposing of less than 10 square metres are able to take advantage of a Householder Asbestos Kits, which include safety gear, bags and instructions for how to remove asbestos safely in your home.  Kits are $110 each and can be collected from Council’s Casino and Evans Heads offices and the Nammoona Transfer Station. Illegal dumping is costly to clean up and potentially harmful to human health and the environment.  This trial will assess how effective a more affordable and accessible asbestos disposal scheme will be in reducing instances of illegally dumped asbestos waste. For more information on the HADS go to or contact Council’s Customer Service Centre on 6660 0300.

Media release: 29 July 2014

Richmond Valley the next stop for Arts Northern Rivers creative roadshow

ARTS Northern Rivers is calling for expressions of interest from artists and creative industry practitioners living and working in the Richmond Valley, to take part in the Northern Rivers Creative Roadshow. The Roadshow is an exciting opportunity for creative professionals to show off their work in a series of high street pop ups rolling out across the region over the next two years. The Richmond Valley Pop Up will open in September with a brilliant program of professional development mini-workshops and artist talks which are sure to provoke, stimulate and kick-start creative careers. The Northern Rivers is well known as a ‘hot-spot’ for the creative industries making up the highest concentration of visual artists outside Australian capital cities and the largest cluster of screen industry workers outside Sydney and Melbourne.

To further promote and foster the rapidly developing industry, Arts Northern Rivers launched Northern Rivers Creative, a portfolio platform for arts and creative industry practitioners which offers accessible tools and a network to enhance the exposure of local creatives on the Internet and beyond. Richmond Valley arts and creative industry practitioners interested in the opportunity are encouraged to submit an expression of interest form. Alternatively, more information and the EOI can be found on the Arts Northern Rivers website or by calling Arts Northern Rivers on 6628 8120.

For more information, interviews and photo opportunities please contact Zoe Robinson-Kennedy, Arts Northern Rivers Communications Officer, on 6628 8120 or 0403 666 584.

Media release: Friday, 18 July 2014

Casino Fun Run planned for 28 September

Athletics NSW is pleased to announce the inaugural Casino RSM Fun Run on the last Sunday of September, Sunday 28 September. This exciting community-based initiative will feature three fun runs: Casino RSM 10km, LJ Hooker 5km and Parker & Kissane Solicitors 4kids2km. Athletics NSW is delighted by the support already shown by the Casino community and local businesses, for what will be Casino’s first officially sanctioned and accredited run. According to Managing Director and CEO of Athletics NSW Greg Meagher, Athletics NSW was committed to staging events in regional NSW and increasing participation in athletics across the State. Mr Meagher said Athletics NSW was very excited about this latest edition to the running calendar. Richmond Valley’s Mayor Ernie Bennett said the Fun Run was a perfect fit for Casino as it not only provided a family-friendly event which could be supported as a participant, volunteer or spectator, but because it also fitted in with the Richmond Valley’s event calendar at the other end of the season following on from the conclusion of local sporting competitions. “We encourage everyone to get involved and make this the largest running event in Northern NSW,” Cr Bennett said.

Entries are now open at To receive a free event t-shirt and be eligible for the early bird rate, participants must enter by 5pm Friday 5 September. The event is seeking the support of volunteers and we encourage all those interested, to register their interest by emailing:

Media release: 4 July 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.