Submissions, Tenders and Public Exhibition documents can be viewed here.

Dog owners reminded that Rocky Creek Dam Rainforest and Water Reserve is an on-leash area for dogs

Council has had several reports of dogs being off-leash at the Rocky Creek Dam Rainforest and Water Reserve. The Reserve is a popular area for the whole community and it is important that all users respect the rules that are in place, particularly the requirement for dogs to be on-leash at all times.

Additional signage has been put in place throughout the Park to ensure dog owners are aware of their responsibility. Council encourages dog owners to ensure they leash their dogs at all times to preserve their access to this special place.    

Rous County Councillors appointed to new NSW-wide water advisory group

Two Rous County councillors are set to play an important role in helping shape the future direction for the delivery of water supply services to regional communities throughout NSW.

Richmond Valley Mayor Robert Mustow and Ballina Shire Councillor Sharon Cadwallader were recently appointed to Local Government NSW newly created Local Water Utility Policy Advisory Group.

Only 10 elected representatives from council owned and operated water utilities across NSW were appointed to the Advisory Group. Its main aims are to:

  • Increase the level of engagement with key government, industry and other stakeholders, particularly in relation to water supply issues affecting regional communities
  • Ensure Local Government NSW can provide a coordinated sector-wide response to emerging issues and trends on behalf of council-run water utilities
  • Enable local government to present a unified direction on the strategic objectives and other policy issues related to local water utilities

As members of Rous County Council’s governing body, Councillors Mustow and Cadwallader are responsible for overseeing the provision of quality and reliable bulk water supply services to over 100,000 people across four local government areas in the Northern Rivers region.

Given their strong commitment to managing the region’s vital water supply resources, both councillors’ experience and skills will undoubtedly help the new Advisory Group to strongly advocate for council owned and operated water utilities and the many regional communities that depend on them.

Rous County Council’s governing body is made up of eight councillors, with two nominated from each of its constituent councils (Ballina Shire, Byron Shire, Lismore City and Richmond Valley).


Annual water science competition for high school students

Young scientists and water savers - start experimenting!

Save water in a new way and you could win a trip to Stockholm.

The annual international water science competition is on again. High school students are encouraged to come up with a water challenge, run some experiments and find an innovative solution.

The Australian Stockholm Junior Water Prize, run by the Australian Water Association and supported by Xylem, aims to come up with new and innovative solutions for the world’s water challenges.

The Australian prize winner will receive travel and accommodation to Ozwater'19 in Melbourne to attend the National Water Awards Gala Dinner AND a trip to Stockholm in August 2019 to compete in the international Stockholm Junior Water Prize during World Water Week!

The Stockholm Junior Water Prize is the world’s most prestigious youth award given to a high school student for water research. Over 30 countries compete in the international final.

Entries are open until 14 December so make the most of Term 4, think big and take a fresh look at local and global water problems. How can you solve the water problem?

More information, guidelines and nomination form can be found here.

Council adopts a new Operational Plan - a snap-shot of upcoming activities for 2018/19

As part of its Integrated Planning and Reporting obligations, Council annually reviews its Operational Plan. The 2018/19 financial year marks ‘Year 2' of Council’s current 4 year Delivery Program and important projects are in the pipeline. Some highlights are outlined below:

Capital works and future-proofing – After completing a number of pipeline relocations as a result of the Pacific Highway upgrade, Council is focusing on implementing its Capital Works Plan with the St. Helena to Brunswick Heads pipeline to be completed this financial year.  Council is also continuing its extended groundwater investigations, drilling test bores in various locations, as part of Council’s Future Water Strategy.

Floodgate management – Council continues to develop appropriate plans/protocols for Council’s critical infrastructure sites as part of its commitments under the Coastal Zone Management Plan for the Richmond River Estuary.

Review of retail water fees and charges – assessment of the current fee structure for retail water services which are directly connected to the trunk main system. Any recommendations made as a result of the review will be considered by Council as part of the draft 2019/20 Operational Plan/Delivery Program.

Compliance and Enforcement Framework – development of a framework to ensure an effective, risk-based and consistent approach to compliance and enforcement activities, starting with weed biosecurity.

Nurturing leadership potential – ‘The Leader in Me’ – piloting a development program to cultivate leaders at all levels of the business.  Participants will be challenged via learning experiences which include coaching, workshops and mentoring. This will ensure Council thrives into the future by encouraging a leadership culture.

Council’s full suite of Integrated Planning and Reporting documents are available here.

Greenhouse Gas Abatement Strategy

21 September 2018

Rous County Council (RCC) engaged 100% Renewables to develop a Greenhouse Gas (GHG) abatement strategy for its operations’ carbon footprint. This is the first such strategy developed by RCC, and it follows an Environmental Management System that was established by RCC several years ago.

The development of a GHG Strategy for RCC is in keeping with action on climate by RCC’s constituent councils, including the setting of ambitious goals such as 100% renewable energy and net zero carbon targets adopted by Lismore City Council and Byron Shire Council respectively.

The full report can be viewed here.