IT'S all happening in Richmond Valley Council with the following green-lighted projects:

  • Temporary workers' accommodation in Evans Head and Woodburn
  • Pacific Highway upgrade
  • Development of the airpark at Evans Head
  • A new quarry
  • New residential developments
  • Rollout of the NBN

Richmond Valley Council's general manager Vaughan Macdonald said economic development and local employment were top priorities for the community, and council was committed to being a key enabler for the Richmond Valley's economic future. 

Mr Macdonald said the council supported projects which would have a positive impact to the region. 

"Council is not looking at the past, it is looking at the future and the extraordinary potential of the Richmond Valley area," he said. 

"These are exciting times for the Mid Richmond, and council will work with its communities to capitalise on the opportunities presented, particularly from the Pacific Highway bypass project." 

Substantial change to the community

Mr Macdonald said projects which would bring substantial change to a community would always attract some attention, however, many in the Coraki, Woodburn, Broadwater and Evans Head communities were also looking forward to the employment and economic benefits these projects would provide. 

He said the projects were expected to create hundreds of jobs, as well as boost retail, and visitor numbers. 

"I'm confident Council is on the same page with its community in welcoming these projects," Mr Macdonald said.  

"Council recognises and understands the importance of these projects as they will provide greater levels of local employment and greater levels of investment opportunity, which means more money will be in circulation throughout our region." 

Mr Macdonald said Council was also doing its bit to boost things along by investing in a 'place manager' for the Mid Richmond, installing free Wi-Fi in the main areas of towns, refurbishing its Evans Head Customer Service Centre and Library, modernising the Valley's Visitor Information Centres, upgrading roads, sports fields, and parks and reserves, including picnic areas with barbeques. 

Tourism events

He said tourism was also a big focus for council, and had been investing over the past few years to ensure visitor numbers increased.

This investment also included ongoing financial support for the Evans Head Aviation Museum, and events such as Beef Meets Reef, the Great Eastern Fly-in, the Evans Head Fishing Classic, and the Woodburn Riverside Festival.  

He said he was confident the Mid Richmond would get through the Pacific Highway upgrade, and emerge stronger than ever.  

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