Economic Development

Economic Development

Richmond Valley Council has a proud history of strong advocacy for local business, and as an entrepreneurial council, is keen to continue to promote and encourage new and existing enterprises. 

Council has an important role to play in creating the right conditions for investment, employment and growth. It wants make sure the Richmond Valley is well positioned for the future, socially, environmentally and economically, with all the right ingredients to be the Northern Rivers’ primary regional industry hub.

Council has a dedicated economic development team focussed on growing the economy of this attractive region by working with businesses, assisting investment to the region and making our area a competitive place for business.

It’s good to talk and we are eager to talk with you about your ideas, your plans and your future. We would welcome an opportunity to assist you in developing your business in the Richmond Valley. Contact any member of our team who will be happy to help.

The Richmond Valley - a great place to live, work and play.

Our community is supportive of economic development. It’s also a fertile place for agriculture, manufacturing and other innovative industries. If you have a new business or investment idea, come have a chat with us. We are the place to live and do business in the Northern Rivers. 

A Guide To Economic Development In The Richmond Valley

A Guide to Economic Development in The Richmond ValleyRichmond Valley Council welcomes and appreciates new, existing and prospective businesses that want to commence or expand here.
This guide aims to whet the appetite of your business and demonstrate the Richmond Valley’s rich natural attributes, logistical advantage and robust economic development strategy to you.

The area welcomes new business to leverage off already established and successful industries, bring something old that is new; or of course is a leader in new manufacturing or technology.  Whatever the case, we are ready to listen, and assist.  With a beach and bush lifestyle together with very affordable real estate, there is every chance of securing the winning formula you seek.

However, this guide will never replace a phone call or the personal touch!  Richmond Valley Council is staffed by professionals who not only want to help; they have the business acumen and local knowledge along with a philosophy of ‘how can we make it happen’.

Click here to download your copy of the Guide to Economic Development in the Richmond Valley.

NSW Small Business Friendly Councils Program

Richmond Valley Council has officially join the NSW Small Business Friendly Councils Program, which sets out a number of programs and benchmarks to further encourage and support small business in the area. The Small Business Friendly Councils program is a first for Australia, aimed at improving the overall business climate for small businesses in NSW and raising awareness of the big difference local councils can make by better engaging with small business. By joining the Small Business Friendly Councils program, RVC is showing a commitment to work closer and more effectively with local operators. The program covers five key areas including:

  • Identifying three initiatives to support small business which will be implemented, measured and reported on each year;
  • Implementing an on-time payment policy;
  • Establishing a Business Advisory Board in conjunction with key stakeholders from the local business community;
  • Providing quarterly progress updates on the implementation of Council initiatives and on time payment tracking; and
  • Publicly promoting the benefits of the Small Business Friendly Council Program.

Flood support for small business

The Office of the NSW Small Business Commissioner has prepared two fact sheets specifically designed for small businesses impacted by the recent floods. To download a copy please click on the links Flood support April 2017 and Support for businesses affected by floods and storms

The Business Commissioner is also seeking  information about the extent of the damage to build a case for additional support. Please consider undertaking this online small business survey