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5 June 2018
Maintenance works will be carried out on the Emigrant Creek Dam anchorage system over the coming months.
To facilitate these works, water will be let out of the dam to reduce the dam’s storage to approximately three (3) metres below the full supply level. The dam’s current level is close to 95% capacity.
The dewatering is planned to commence in the week beginning 11 June 2018 and will take approximately ten (10) days to reach the desired level, weather permitting. The dam’s storage will be held at the lower level for approximately three months while the maintenance works are completed, after which the dam will be allowed to refill from rainfall in the catchment.
Kirklands Crossing on Friday Hut Road will be monitored during the dewatering of the Dam. Rous County Council will work with Ballina Shire Council to minimise the impact to local residents and provide notification if Kirklands Crossing is impacted, through local signage and the MyRoadInfo website.
31 May 2018
Students were the stars of the day as politicians, industry leaders, scientists and educators gathered at Trinity Catholic College to award the first annual Green Innovation Awards on May 31. Instigating the awards, Goonellabah Chiropractor Dr Bridie Cullinane’s focus was to recognise the work of primary and high school students in creating a better future and inspiring innovation.
Judges with relevant industry experience, Kylie Bott of Rous County Council, Cindy Picton of Dorroughby Environment Education Centre, Paul Milgate of Catholic Schools Office and Dr Kathryn Taffs of Southern Cross University, thoroughly assessed the students’ presentation and ideas. The judges asked the tough questions and awarded the winners based on improving and progressing current practices of sustainability as well as changing behaviors and mindsets to environmental issues.
The primary school winners were Empire Vale Public School who received a $300 cheque and perpetual trophy sponsored by Goonellabah Chiropractic Centre. Their innovative idea was to create an ethanol-based biofuel from sugar cane to run a lawnmower. And it doesn’t stop there, with the students now progressing their vision to run cane trucks on sugar-based biofuel in the coming years.
Secondary school winners, Lismore’s Trinity Catholic College, were awarded a $300 cheque and trophy sponsored by Rous County Council. Their sustainable CRR Plan: Collect, Reshape, Reuse, was all about collecting PET bottles sold within the school canteens and processing to use in the school’s 3D printers. The plan is costed and ready to roll out and application is being made to the NSW State Government and Lismore City Council for funding to implement the plan. Lismore Mayor Isaac Smith was on hand to congratulate all the students for their efforts and take some of their ideas back to Lismore City Council.
Photo: Cr Darlene Cook of Rous County Council presenting Trinity Catholic College students with the trophy for the secondary school category of the 2018 Green Innovation Awards.
27 March 2018
Last week 500 rainforest plants were used to revegetate the banks of the Wilsons River, thanks to the Rous County Council bush regeneration team and students from Trinity Catholic College.
Planted as part of a project funded by the Environmental Trust, Rous County Council have partnered with Envite to work with six local schools and several private landowners to improve riverbank vegetation along the Wilsons River around Lismore.
The area is of strategic importance to Rous County Council, as water is extracted from the river close to Lismore to supplement the town water supply. Healthy catchments and riverbanks play a very important role in maintaining water quality in our catchments.
So far the project has used 6,000 plants to regenerate 21 hectares of land along the Wilsons River.
29 March 2018
The Rocky Creek Dam Water and Rainforest Reserve has reopened to the public, after a major upgrade of the Reserve’s car park and entrance.
Located at Dorroughby, the Rous County Council Reserve has undergone major improvements to include more car and bus parking and sealed roadways, bringing the facilities up to date with traffic and accessibility standards.
Rous County Council thanks the community for their patience and cooperation while this important upgrade occurred.
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.