CATTLE CENTRE: Casino is to become a hub for livestock exchange across north-eastern NSW.
CATTLE CENTRE: Casino is to become a hub for livestock exchange across north-eastern NSW. Jacklyn Wagner

Richmond Valley Council aims high with strategic plan

A THRIVING economy, quality infrastructure, and improved community health are three aspirational goals of Richmond Valley Council's 10-year community strategic plan.

After eight months of consultation, the Towards 2025 plan is now on display for public comment.

Richmond Valley Council general manager John Walker said the plan aimed to harness the collective feeling of the community about how they wanted their home to develop in the future.

"Richmond Valley is in transition and has the potential and opportunity to achieve a fantastic turnaround in the next decade," Mr Walker said.

"We are looking at how we can revitalise our economy, how we can sustain our environment and how we build appropriate infrastructure for the enjoyment of our community members and visitors."

The plan also prioritises the "fundamentals" - maintaining roads and improving council's financial position.

A $72 million outlay on maintaining and upgrading local roads and bridges is a key part of council's delivery plan for the next four years, but it has also budgeted for consistent surpluses.

Under the plan, council has identified and planned a series of "signature projects" for the next decade - big projects usually requiring external funding.

One of the projects, an estimated $820,000 upgrade of Coraki's waterfront, is already in the progress with $60,000 worth of landscaping and amenity improvements expected over the next three months.

The jewel in the crown is an $8 million upgrade of the Northern Rivers Livestock Exchange and there are plenty of smaller projects on the horizon as well.

TOWARDS 2025

FOR CORAKI:

Riverfront Development - $820,000

The Coraki foreshore will be revitalised with new landscaping, pathways, playgrounds, and jetty improvements and other amenities.

FOR CASINO:

Northern Rivers Livestock Exchange -

$8 million

CASINO is set to become the centre for cattle sales across north-eastern NSW from Grafton to Tenterfield with this key project promising to bring the ageing saleyards into the 21st century. A roof and soft floor will be added to the complex along with a number of other facilities to remove environmental issues and boost efficiency. An application for funding is under way through Regional Development Australia.

Casino Riverbank Improvements - $500,000

THE under-appreciated riverbank will become a central place for picnics, play, and strolling as picnic areas and BBQs are added to boost local and tourist use of the area. Footbridges are also under consideration.

Casino Aerodrome Improvements - $500,000

NEW taxiways and landing areas, resurfacing of runways, and the establishment of the Regional Rural Fire Service Headquarters nearby.

Casino CBD Carparks - $500,000

LITTLE Walker St, Simpson Pde, and Tatts Hotel.

Crawford Square Regional Park - $150,000

WILL become Casino's signature park and a focus of recreation for Casino locals and travellers along the Summerland Way.

Other projects: Crawford Square Skate Park, Casino Showground improvements, and Colley Park Oval improvements.

2012-13: Casino CBD will get its much-needed new public toilet, and the whole of Richmond Valley will enjoy new town signs.

FOR EVANS HEAD:

Evans Head to Riverside Village cycleway - $900,000.

Evans Head CBD car parking - $650,000.

Stan Payne Oval Tennis Complex - $600,000.

FOR WOODBURN:

Woodburn Oval Skate Park - $80,000.



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