Welcome to Richmond River County Council
The management of natural resources on the Richmond River coastal floodplain is a complex relationship of programs, organisations and funding. Current issues include drainage, acid sulfate soils, floodgate management, water quality monitoring, estuary management and wetlands management. These are being addressed by a range of works, trials, demonstrations, research and planning activities by many organisations working on the floodplain.
The County Council has sponsored natural resource management committees over the past 15 years. The Richmond Floodplain Committee (RFC) was established by Richmond River County Council with the support of local councils and State agencies in November 2000 to ‘coordinate natural resource management activities and projects on the floodplain in partnership with councils, State government and the community’. The Estuary Management Committee engaged Hydrosphere Consulting to complete the estuary management study and planning process. The Plan was placed on public exhibition for two months and the final report was adopted by Lismore City, Ballina Shire, Richmond Valley and Richmond River County councils late in 2011. The Richmond Estuary Coastal Zone Management Plan (CZMP) was then certified by the Minister for Environment and Heritage in December 2011 and gazetted in February 2012. The Richmond River Estuary CZMP is the first to be certified and gazetted under the new provisions of the Coastal Protection Act of NSW. The CZMP provides a blueprint for the long-term sustainable management of the Richmond River estuary. The CZMP is being implemented by the County through an implementation reference group made up of Lismore, Richmond Valley and Ballina councils, along with the Office of Environment and Heritage and Local Land Services.
Over a number of years the County Council has implemented on-ground works to enhance wetlands, creeks and rivers, reduce drainage density, monitor water quality and reduce chronic acidification of waterways in dry times through controlled tidal flushing. Also, education initiatives like the Richmond Brunswick Catchment Activity Model (CAM), which is an interactive trailer-based working model of a river catchment, gets wide use at schools around the area and targeted teaching modules are developed for use by students and teachers that cover stormwater, weeds, riparian restoration, wetlands and other important natural resource management issues.
The governance of the Richmond River remains a fundamental issue and the management of natural resources on the estuary and floodplain presents great challenges, and needs long-term community and government support. A practical and workable natural resource management governance body is still not in place.
RFC and RRCC’s natural resource management activities (NRM).
Check water quality information from dataloggers on Google Earth.