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.

The Richmond Valley is open for business. 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.

2016 Richmond Valley Business and Industry Awards

Richmond Valley Council will again join with the Casino Chamber of Commerce and Industry to showcase local businesses via the 2016 Richmond Valley Business & Industry Excellence Awards. The gala presentation evening will held on Saturday 16 July at the Casino RSM Club. As the event’s major sponsor,  Council is encouraging other organisations to get on board to make this year’s awards night bigger and better than ever.

The awards are a fantastic opportunity to recognise and celebrate the innovation, productivity and diversity in the local business community. Sponsoring the Richmond Valley Business & Industry Excellence Awards will showcase your business as one which is supportive of local businesses and their achievements. Various sponsorship packages are available, and those interested in sponsoring the 2016 Richmond Valley Business & Industry Excellence Awards are encouraged to contact the Casino Chamber of Commerce.

The 16 award categories are designed to represent the diversity across the Richmond Valley, providing opportunities for businesses of varying sizes and industries to be recognised for excellence in their field. Categories include:

  • Hospitality, Tourism & Cultural Events
  • New Business
  • Small Business (fewer than 20 employees)
  • Community & Social Services
  • Aged Care & Wellbeing
  • Professional Service
  • Trainee/Apprentice of the Year
  • People’s Choice
  • Trade, Construction & Manufacturing
  • Innovation
  • Business (more than 20 employees)
  • Agribusiness
  • Personal Service
  • Retail
  • Employee of the Year
  • Business of the Year

 To nominate for the awards, please download this 2016 Richmond Valley Business Awards nomination form or visit the Casino Chamber of Commerce and Industry's website

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.