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

The people have spoken! Banners to be reinstalled

Richmond Valley Council has listened to the community and the Evans Head CBD will see the recently removed town banners featuring local surfer Kirrah Cooke reinstalled. Council’s General Manager John Walker said the groundswell of public support was a clear indication residents disagreed with the original decision to remove the banners. Mr Walker said he spoke with the original objector, who accepted the views of the majority. He said Council recognised some in the community were opposed to the image, however, as a result of the strong community voice, the banners would be rehung. “The clear majority of people have told us they want to see the banners back up and Council has listened and will act; the banners will be rehung within the next two weeks,” Mr Walker said. Mr Walker said it was important to remember that all banner images would be rotated throughout the year to accommodate special events and business promotions.

Media release: 15 July 2014

Reward offered to catch weir vandals

A reward of up to $5000 is offered for information resulting in the conviction of whoever was responsible for the recent damage to the Tuckombil weir, south of Woodburn. The weir structure, located on the Evans River, was maliciously damaged by someone using industrial equipment over the Easter holiday period. Anyone with information should contact Richmond River County Council General Manager Kyme Lavelle on 6621 8314 or call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, quoting Police report number E 54360022.

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

Taking pride in OUR Valley
Richmond Valley Council wants to grow the local economy and achieve greater prosperity for all residents. Not only is Council working hard to attract new businesses, it is also supporting local entrepreneurs to become more successful and bring more wealth into the local economy.
Council is encouraging all local business to use the new Richmond Valley Made icon for promoting services and products as a valued part of the community, as well as giving a unique selling point further afield.