Richmond Valley Council briefs

RVC seeks rate rise

Richmond Valley Council will be asking the Minister for Local Government for an extra 7.5 per cent rate rise over each of the next two years. In a review of the current management plan, staff recommend hiking rates by the same amount for the next 10 years to cope with projected expenditure. DA fees are also set to change in line with state legislation, which means a price rise for many items such as advertising developments.

Security beef-up for Evans Head aerodrome

The Heritage-listed Evans Head Memorial Aerodrome will soon have a security upgrade.

A new perimeter fence will be constructed and a controlled key system implemented so access is restricted to authorised people. The cost has yet to be determined, but the project is thought to be worth $70-80,000.

Richmond Valley Council is also doing an environmental investigation of the site to guide future management, as well as an historical report and a detailed forensic report to document the history and legacies of the aerodrome.

Johnston Street cycleway extended

Richmond Valley Council is using a $50,000 allocation from the RTA to extend the Johnston Street cycleway further into the industrial estate, ending at Smiths Joinery in Cassino Street. Council will contribute an additional $20,000 to complete the project.

Razorback barbecues

Following a request from the Evans Head Progress Association, Richmond Valley Council has agreed to replace existing barbecues in poor condition with three electric ones at Razorback Lookout.

The Progress Association will contribute $3500 towards the cost, and a plaque will be erected to acknowledge the donation.

The rest of the $21,000 cost will come from Councils Section 94 fund.

Animal antics

If you want to set up a feedlot, boarding kennel or animal training establishment in the Richmond Valley, you should make a point of checking Councils new draft policy on animal establishments. Youll have to be sure your establishment is outside residential areas and that noise, smell, traffic, road haulage and environmental aspects are taken care of.

The draft policy is on public exhibition from February 26 to March 29.

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