Phillip Silver.
Phillip Silver.

Councils to share funds for projects

NORTHERN Rivers councils will share nearly half a million dollars on developing resource sharing projects across the NSW North Coast.

The councils, through the Northern Rivers Regional Organisation of Councils (NOROC), have allocated $485,000 for four projects including an integrated waste strategy ($125,000), a regional bulk water supply strategy ($100,000), an affordable housing strategy ($100,000), and a program to tackle problems with wild dogs across the North Coast ($50,000).

NOROC president Phillip Silver said the spending represented a "major investment" in the region.

"NOROC's Integrated Waste Strategy is aimed at managing residual waste, increasing resource recovery, improving kerbside collection and community engagement and education," Cr Silver said.

"The development of a Regional Water Strategy will provide a framework for future urban water management in the region which will be valuable in times of drought.

"Affordable Housing is another area of concern for all councils, and an Affordable Housing strategy will seek to find a workable solution to the issue in the Northern Rivers.

"The issue of wild dogs is particularly relevant for the Byron and Lismore Councils but the development of a pilot project, which treats the cause of the problem (irresponsible dog owners) as well as the current wild dog problem, will have benefits for all communities in the Northern Rivers.

"If councils are working together to ensure projects have a regional benefit, there will be cost savings and benefits for residents of the Ballina, Lismore, Tweed, Clarence, Kyogle, Richmond Valley, Clarence Valley local government areas."

NOROC is made up of the Ballina, Byron, Clarence Valley, Kyogle, Lismore, Richmond Valley and Tweed councils, as well as Rous Water and the Richmond River County Council.

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