WORKING HARD: Richmond Valley councillor Robert Hayes reflects on the work he and fellow Mid-Richmond councillor Daniel Simpson have done.
WORKING HARD: Richmond Valley councillor Robert Hayes reflects on the work he and fellow Mid-Richmond councillor Daniel Simpson have done.

Councillors reflect on progress in the area

IT'S been a massive two-and-a-half years for Richmond Valley Council's two newest councillors Robert Hayes and Daniel Simpson, from Evans Head and New Italy respectively.

In reviewing what they've achieved within the local government area, the Express Examiner thought readers may be interested to know what's been happening.

"Aspirations I had when I got voted into council were to support small business initiatives, also existing and new tourist events across the area," Cr Hayes said.

"I also wanted to promote economic development initiatives for lower river villages with the view to the upcoming Pacific Highway bypass and promote Woodburn as the main point of entry from the Pacific Highway into the Richmond Valley, directing travellers to Casino, Coraki, Evans Head and Broadwater."

Cr Simpson also recorded his aspirations at the beginning of his term including ensuring a culture within council is community focused and customer service driven with strong economic management and small business friendly.

Have they achieved their goals?

"I am right on track with my goals and there is so much we have achieved over our two and a half years," Cr Hayes said.

He is most proud of the support he provided in having Section 94 charges dropped for low cost housing development in the Richmond Valley area.

"We also had $470k included in forward budgets for the river front upgrade in Woodburn and we fully supported Cr Robert Mustow his efforts ...for the construction of a multipurpose sporting complex at Colley Park in Casino," he said.

Other achievements:

1. Supported reduction of Section 94 sewer charges for the lower river.

2. Notice of motion to alter council's positioning statement on CSG.

3. Encouraged council to approach the Iron Gates developer to get project moving again

4. Recycled water infrastructure on Stan Payne and Woodburn ovals investigated for future usage with an alternate water supply

5. Evans Head off-leash dog area re-located.

6. Supported rate variation so council will be fit for the future and independent

7. $250,000 for Evans Head tennis court relocation.

8. Name change of Casino Sale yards complex to The Northern Rivers Livestock Exchange for more opportunity of support and grant allocations.

9. Supported acquisition of industrial land in Casino by council to attract business to RVC.

10 Disabled access to Evans River foreshore included in upgrade plans for Silver Sands Holiday Park.

11. Doubled the number of rubbish bins in Woodburn

12. $80,000 for the Woodburn Skate Park

13. $100,000 for extensions to the Evans Head Skate Park

14. $60,000 allocated for a wind wall at the Evans Head Aquatic Centre.

15. $60,000 for tourism in the lower rivers.

16. Woodburn Riverside Park toilets rejuvenated.