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.