Final report from council’s record breaking term with 10 disasters

It’s been the longest term in history for Richmond Valley Council.
Covid lockdowns and restrictions delayed local government elections twice creating a five year term for current councillors.
Richmond Valley Council presented a 2016-2021 End of Term Report this week at its final meeting before the December 4 elections.
General manager Vaughan Macdonald said over the course of the term, the council had received more than $100 million in Australian and NSW government grants for high-profile infrastructure projects.
The Northern Rivers Livestock Exchange upgrade was a major project for the council and the industry.
The council was financially strong, Mr Macdonald said.
“The 2016-2021 Council term has seen many challenges for our community, as we worked together to recover from the impacts of drought, fire, floods and storms, as well as respond to a global pandemic,” Mr Macdonald said.
The Community Strategic Plan included rebuilding communities directly affected by the 2019 bushfires.
“The Richmond Valley has seen 10 natural disaster declarations over a period of five years and through all these challenges, we have embraced the opportunity to ‘build back better’ and create a positive and resilient future for our community.
“We have also started the process of strengthening our town water security and building resilience to future droughts through a comprehensive study into future water supply options,” Mr Macdonald said.
The 2016-2021 End of Term Report can be viewed  here – opens in new tab
Local government elections will be held on Saturday, December 4.

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