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7 March 2018
Major upgrade works to the park amenity and carpark layout have been underway since the end of October 2017. Works have included the sealing of the internal roadway as well as extensive landscaping.
The works will also improve accessibility as part of Council’s Disability Inclusion Action Plan, and will ensure the site is compliant with the Disability (Access to premises-buildings) Standards.
It is intended that the park will reopen to the public by the end of March, with the bulk of works completed by that time.
Council is planning an event to celebrate and formally reopen the park.
Council thanks the community for their ongoing patience and cooperation during the works.
13 December 2017
A vibrant new animation series is asking the community in the Richmond River catchment to Love it or Lose it.
The thought-provoking animations use humour to highlight how behaviours within the urban and rural setting can significantly contribute to the poor health of local waterways.
Rous County Council hope that the animations provide our community with a fuller understanding of the inter-related nature of all aspects of the health of the Richmond River and its waterways. We hope that through the fun and quirky nature of the animations, a new understanding of the place we each hold in ensuring the future health of the river will develop. Our roles may be different. But our objective is the same – a clean and healthy future for our waterways.
The Love it or Lose it campaign is a collaboration between Ballina Shire Council, Lismore City Council, Kyogle Council, Rous County Council, Richmond Valley Council and North Coast Local Land Services.
This project has been assisted by the New South Wales Government through its Environmental Trust.
7 December 2017
Rous County Council has been successful in its application for assistance under the Natural Disaster Relief Assistance Program, after the North Coast floods in March 2017. The Program will allow Council to be reimbursed up to $765,000 after restoring council-owned assets in the mid-Richmond area damaged as a result of the flooding.
A further Natural Disaster Relief Assistance Program application is current before the NSW State Government for consideration for restoration of infrastructure associated with the South Lismore and Lismore CBD Levee schemes. This application for assistance as a result of the March 2017 floods is valued at approximately $790,000.
Works have already commenced on repairs to the most adversely effected assets. Council has up until 30 June 2019 to complete and certify eligible works, to enable the grant of money to be paid.
The Program is administered by the NSW Government and makes financial assistance available to local councils under State and Commonwealth Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements.
Rous County Council has been working closely with other local Councils, as well as State and Commonwealth counterparts, in efforts to alleviate the impact of the March flooding event upon the community. This includes the restoration and repair of essential infrastructure.
7 December 2017
Rous County Council has received an $80,000 grant from the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage to work with Lismore City Council and its Floodplain Risk Management Committee to examine flood mitigation options.
The grant will allow modelling to be undertaken, generating data to inform which flood mitigation options may be the most effective. Options for consideration include raising the height of the CBD levee, expansion of the South Lismore levee or excavation to divert floodwaters.
It is the intention to have useable data within 6 months for consideration, with modelling to begin right away.