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Valley Watchdog Returns to Active Service

We’re Back! After a three-year holiday Valley Watchdog is back and ready to serve by keeping an eye on various happenings around our community including all three levels of government. Local Press Fails Us The impetus to return is driven … Continue reading

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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 … 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. … 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 … Continue reading

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

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 … 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 … Continue reading

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

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 

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Review of NSW Crown Lands: Disaster for the Environment

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 … 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 … Continue reading

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Vegetation Clearing at the Iron Gates at Evans Head

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 … Continue reading

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