Richmond Valley Council is embracing change and planning for a future which ensures a fantastic quality of life for its residents.
Playing a variety of roles council aims to deliver programs and services for the community and works with local, regional, state and federal partners to achieve the best community outcomes.
In addition to its important community role Richmond Valley Council also recognises its core responsibility to create an environment in which the overall local economy thrives. It is taking a leadership role in ensuring the Richmond Valley is in a position to foster employment creation and business sustainability, after all business cannot succeed in a community which does not thrive.
This process has already started with Council already assisting to break down the barriers to investment by putting initiatives in place which help create opportunity and getting rid of the red tape wherever possible.
It has committed to process residents’ requests and applications quickly, be prudent in the administration of the regulations, reduce the cost of doing business, (particularly up-front costs) and make sure it is there when it is needed and take a back seat when not required.
People often ask what a region needs to be successful? The answer is often a complicated and convoluted one, however, when it comes to economic success Richmond Valley ticks all the boxes in the key major business indicators including:
- Good road, rail and air connections
- Good digital connectivity
- Competitively priced land and infrastructure
- Land that’s able and ready to be developed
- A solid, well-trained and reliable workforce
- Great living environment, with impressive social and sporting facilities
Most importantly, Richmond Valley Council is committed to promoting the area, supporting business and community and experienced in the business investment arena.
Richmond Valley Strengths
Following on from key business features the Richmond Valley has a number of additional strengths that make it an attractive place to live and do business, which include:
- Great lifestyle and climate
- Natural assets and beauty
- History – indigenous, State Heritage-listed sites, Art Deco buildings
- Geographic proximity to South-East Queensland and proximity to larger centres/strategic base location for business
- Industrial land affordability/availability (flood free, easy access to market)
- Cost of living (affordable)
- Community atmosphere – know your neighbours’ attitude/ sense of community
- Educational opportunities
- Existing rail infrastructure and transport networks
- Excellent events – Primex, Beef Week, Evans Head Fishing Classic, Great Eastern Fly-in, Carnevale Italiano
- Common sense business people with good work ethics
- Council support for business
- Agriculture capabilities – existing resources
- Planned town upgrades
- Urban Land Release Strategy
Richmond Valley is a leader in primary industries and food manufacturing enterprises, with the NSW Sugar Mill located at Broadwater, and Richmond Dairies, Riverina Stockfeeds, and the Northern Rivers Co-operative Meat Company at Casino. This is supported by a number of agricultural businesses located across the Richmond Valley specialising in grain, dairy, beef, fruits, vegetables, coffee, timber and tea tree. There is also a healthy retail and tourism sector, growing creative industries and building and construction industry sectors. Along with the potential for new energy sources and transport, it is the work ethic of Richmond Valley people, consistently mentioned by employers, that provides a distinct advantage for business and industry investment.
Sense of Place
A strong sense of community and a feeling of belonging are experienced in the Richmond Valley. There is passion held by residents toward the abundance of natural assets and the lifestyle which a coastal and rural existence provides. This, combined with affordability and future opportunity, reflects ‘a sense of place’.
The People The Richmond Valley is home to a diverse community which spreads from the coastline at Evans Head to the rural heartland of Casino over a total expanse of about 3050 square kilometres. The sense of community is enhanced by the friendliness of the people and the acceptance of all who call the Richmond Valley home.
The Pacific Ocean splendour of Evans Head is cradled by both the Broadwater and Bundjalung national parks. Further inland, the deep broad water of the Richmond River flows through villages of Woodburn, Coraki and Tatham. The Richmond River travels through the rural vista of Casino and along with the agricultural abundance of surrounding villages, takes in views of World Heritagelisted national parks and forms part of the North Coast bioregion.
The Richmond Valley, like many Northern Rivers communities, has a significant indigenous cultural heritage and embraces this connection with the original custodians of the land. Nonindigenous heritage is also highly appreciated in the Richmond Valley by residents and visitors alike, with support for sites such as the Evans Head Memorial Aerodrome, listed as a State Heritage item, along with other agricultural and pioneering sites. Additionally, Casino’s Art Deco buildings are well known as some of the most significant examples of this architectural style in NSW. With all this and more there is plenty to attract business both large and small to the valley, which is why business is happening in Richmond Valley. To find out more go to: www.richmondvalley.nsw.gov.au or call 02 6660 0300.