Brian Wilkinson.
Brian Wilkinson.

Richmond Valley strategic outline

EMPHASES on the environment, attracting industry and promoting indigenous culture are just a few of the recommendations of a community strategic plan survey undertaken by the Richmond Valley Council.

General manager Brian Wilkinson said input from more than 5700 ratepayers had been received during the survey, which would now be collated and presented to the community on March 9 and 10 at Evans Head and Casino.

The survey was undertaken as part of a process to implement a 10- to 15-year strategic plan for the area.

“The response has been excellent to date,” Mr Wilkinson said.

“We’re committed to communicating with the public about this process, and anyone who wants an opportunity to see should come along.”

Mr Wilkinson was not too surprised by the survey results.

“A few of the areas identified were things like the natural environment,” the general manager said.

“People are keen to continue to have access to parks and gardens along the river banks and foreshores with better amenities.

“They are also keen to attract industry and make sure that the CBDs (central business districts) at Casino and Evans Head are in an attractive state.”

Those surveyed also expressed an interest in the council investing further resources in exploring the area’s indigenous and cultural history, and of ensuring the Richmond Valley had first-class sporting facilities.

“The State Government has encouraged councils to have a more strategic approach, and that’s why we’re asking the community what they think is important for the next 10 to 15 years,” Mr Wilkinson said.

After the community meetings, the council will process the survey and recommendations.

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