Council readies for another big year of projects
Phase two of the stage one construction of the $14 million upgrade of the Northern Rivers Livestock Exchange (NRLX) has already picked up momentum in the new year, with the aim to have it substantially completed by the end of the first quarter. Phase two of stage one will see the roof and soft flooring completed over the current selling pens, Pens will be demolished and replaced with newer stronger rails and gates, and soft flooring will be throughout this area. Development applications and tenders for stage two are being prepared for lodgement by March. The full upgrade is expected to be finished by the end of 2018.
Other projects on the boil include the redevelopment of the Woodburn Riverside Precinct, the 4km shared pathway from the village of Broadwater to the Broadwater National Park, and the refurbishment of the iconic Casino Drill Hall site, including a new visitor information centre.
There were a number of notable achievements by Council throughout the 2017 year, including:
- the granting of $7 million from the NSW Government to complete stage two of the NRLX upgrade, and $358,076 under the Fixing Country Truck Washes program to upgrade the existing facility;
- Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements funding to restore the local roads network following two major floods in March and April;
- the relocation of the Stan Payne Oval tennis courts in Evans Head, and new shade over the children’s playground;
- Casino and Coraki selected as part the Future Towns Program, run by the NSW Department of Industry, to help small businesses take advantage of the NBN roll out;
- a new shade structure installed at the Coraki Public Pool, a new access ramp at the Coraki Youth Hall, and designs for new footpaths in Coraki completed;
- the opening of the Northern Rivers Military Museum, the Casino Men’s Shed’s new building and the new Coraki SES Shed;
- Casino Library internal fitout, and installation of radio frequency identification software; and
- the launch of a new 100-page Richmond Valley Visitors Guide.
Complementing the above was an extensive infrastructure works program covering roads, lanes, water and sewer, and parks and gardens right across the Valley.
Along with the successful delivery of services to the community, Council has overseen a number of new and potential developments, both residential and industrial.