Evans Head has just become the lucky recipient, at ratepayers expense of course, of two new crappy entrance signs.
Wow, now isn’t that impressive. Just like the monolith straight out of 2001, A Space Odyssey.
Now doesn’t that wonderful monolith given your standard visitor to Evans Head a warm and fuzzy feel about the place. Wow, what welcoming signs. Dirty concrete and faded triangles. Continue reading
In yet another ‘organisational review’, Richmond Valley Council is advertising for two ‘executive managers’ for Council, the two most senior posts after the General Manager.
According to the ad the two existing managers departed to take up “new roles” elsewhere.
It seems odd that the two most senior managers have left council at roughly the same time without apparent warning, and not all that long after one of them was hired by the General Manager.
Derek Swanborough is one of the senior staff members who has left council for a ‘new role’ elsewhere. Prior to coming to Richmond Valley he was an elected councillor at The Scenic Rim Regional Council in Queensland. Continue reading
The Sewerage Treatment Plant (STP) at Coraki is very close to residential areas in Coraki including the Box Ridge Community. Locals complain that the place stinks. Effluent from the plant is licensed to run into the irregular pond below the rectangular treatment ponds shown here. Note the bright green below the treatment ponds indicating fertiliser.
The aerial photograph below also shows two green patches adjacent to the release point for the effluent released from the STP. This most likely indicates leakage of significant levels of nutrients such as Nitrogen and Phosphorus from the STP. Aerial maps including recent recent photographs taken by local aviators show that the green patches persist.
Recent aerial photograph of the Coraki STP taken July 2014. Note the ‘green areas’
It seems hard to believe that a council in this day and age in NSW would waste hundreds of thousands of dollars on new and meaningless entrance signs to its towns and villages and yuppy banners while its sewerage treatment plants are not up to scratch and polluting the local environment. Yet that’s exactly what Richmond Valley Council is doing aided and abetted by the Environment Protection Authority. Continue reading
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Tagged Box Ridge, council spending priorities, Evans Head STP, Pollution, Richmond Valley Council, Sewerage Treatment Plant Coraki
In its application for a Special Rate Variation to the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal Part B in early 2014, Richmond Valley made the following comment:There are a number of things which are interesting about “Section 3.2 Alternative funding Continue reading
A good example of Richmond Valley Council’s handiwork. Sick tree? No. A replacement for it? No.
The opportunity to comment on the NSW State Government’s proposed changes to the management of Crown Lands closes tomorrow, Friday 20 June.VWD attended a meeting called by Richmond Valley Council at the Evans Head Surf Club at which there was discussion of a Plan for the Evans Head Silver Sands Holiday Park, a Reserve Trust once managed by Council. Continue reading
The NSW Treasurer delivered the State Budget tonight for 2014/2015
VWD thought it would take up the NSW Government’s invitation to see what project ‘benefit’ came to the Valley of Surprises, the Richmond Valley local government area, so we clicked on the “MAPPING THE BUDGET” square at the bottom of the Budget Home Page shown below Continue reading
Extract from public pamphlet advertising the Iron Gates development back in the 1990’s
The controversial Iron Gates estate at Evans Head is back in the spotlight, a controversy that’s been around for at least a quarter of a century (see below). This time substantial clearing of vegetation of the Iron Gates has brought many players out of the woodwork and drawn attention to the fact that housing development is again on the cards with Richmond Valley Council a keen promoter of residential development to improve its ‘housing stock’.
The Iron Gates was controversial as far back as 1990 as reported in this Richmond River Express Examiner article on 26 June 1990
Councils (the former Richmond River and now Richmond Valley) have always wanted the Iron Gates developed in the mistaken belief that more housing will improve council’s financial situation and improve the economic circumstances of the local area, but as usual there is no business plan to demonstrate that alleged benefit. Council avoids business plans like the plague most likely because it will reveal the true costs being borne by ratepayers. The Evans Head Memorial Aerodrome is a good example where there has never been a business plan. The costs to ratepayers of council’s ill-fated plans for development of the aerodrome have been in the millions of dollars. Continue reading
Posted in Al Oshlack, Iron Gates, Iron Gates Estate, John Walker General Manager, Land and Environment Court, Legal Action, Richmond Valley Council
Tagged EDO, Evans River, G. Ingles, Iron Gates, Iron Gates Pty Ltd, Richmond Valley Council, vegetation clearing, vegetation clearing near river
Richmond Valley Council applied earlier this year for a Special Rate Variation amounting to a 42% increase in rates over five years. This was the third highest rate increase of the 31 councils who applied.
Recently council has been asked to prepare two scenarios for rates, one involving the proposed 42% mega-rate increase, and the other with the 2.3% rate cap imposed by the State government.
Council business papers don’t tell us who made the request but you can bet your boots that it’s probably come from the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) that determines such applications. Who else would be requesting it?
At Tuesday’s meeting of council revised financial statements were presented to council to accommodate both scenarios.
Dr Richard Gates, former president of the Evans Head & District Ratepayers and Residents Association made a special plea to councillors to withdraw their mega-application for the Special Rate Variation and also asked them to start to correct the current unfair rating structure by increasing the base rate to around 50% of the total rates take. Continue reading