Crap Town Entrance Signs Come to Evans Head

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

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More Senior Staff Leave Richmond Valley Council

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

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Rivertown Times Bites the Dust

The last edition of the Rivertown Times was published on Wednesday 5 November 2014.

VALE RTT

VWD understands that the already ‘thin’ Times  is to be incorporated into another of the Star stable of papers, the Casino-centric Richmond River Express Examiner.
No public fanfare.  No warning. Gone. Assimilated.

No doubt any stories from the ‘Lower River’ will now have to compete with those out of Casino.  No prizes for guessing that those in Evans Head, Broadwater, Woodburn, etc., will barely get a look in.  It will be interesting to see what gets the nod.  Good news stories from Richmond Valley Council anyone!

And of course we’ll never know about what doesn’t get published! Continue reading

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Richmond Valley Council Wastes Money on Bread & Circuses While Sewerage Effluent Overflows in Coraki: Priorities?

The Sewerage Treatment Plant at Coraki is very close to residential areas in Coraki including the Box Ridge Community.  Locals complain that the place stinks.

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'

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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Richmond Valley Council Squanders Ratepayer Funds on New Entry Signs and Banners

Richmond Valley Council continues to squander hard-earned ratepayer funds, this time on new entry signs to towns and villages, and banners.

Shown below is part of one of the newly constructed banners at Evans Head which tells us it is Richmond Valley Council.  It’s as if council, like a big alpha male, has to visually pee all over everything to tell visitors and us they own us.

Yep, you’re at Evans Head now and Richmond Valley Council owns Evans Head.  We’ve just told you.  And as you walk down the street you can be reminded again and again and again.  I guess this is a clear message to Ballina to keep its  hands off Evans Head!

Riveting new logo.  Whatever happened to council's lovely parrot?

Riveting new logo. Whatever happened to council’s lovely parrot? Now this looks just like Evans Head. VWD recognised it straight away in the form and colour.  Give us a break.  What a waste of money!

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Richmond Valley Council Rips off Evans Head Ratepayers in Special Rate Variation Application

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IPART SRV

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:rating methodologies reviewThere are a number of things which are interesting about “Section 3.2 Alternative funding  Continue reading

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Review of NSW Crown Lands: Disaster for the Environment

A good example of Richmond Valley Council's handiwork.  Sick tree?  No. A replacement for it?  No.

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.advertisement for crown landsVWD 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

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NSW State Budget Benefit to Richmond Valley, A Big FAT ZERO

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

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Vegetation Clearing at the Iron Gates at Evans Head

Extract from public pamphlet advertising the Iron Gates development back in the 1990's

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

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

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Richmond Valley Council Asked to Withdraw Application for 42% Special Rate Variation

Draft Revenues 2014 to 2015

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

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