Richmond River County Council
Floodplain Services
PO Box 230
Lismore NSW 2480

Ph: 02 6623 3891

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.


Further information:

RFC and RRCC’s natural resource management activities (NRM).

The Executive Summary of Richmond River Estuary Processes Study.

Check water quality information from dataloggers on Google Earth.

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County councils to merge 1 July 2016

NSW Minister for Local Government, the Hon Paul Toole has announced from 1 July 2016 the operations of Richmond River County Council and Far North Coast Weeds will be merged into Rous County Council. The decision to merge the operations of the three organisations follows unanimous agreement for change by each county council and their member councils, and a formal proposal put to the Minister in 2014.   The merger is expected to improve financial sustainability with immediate cash savings expected to be in the vicinity of $130,000 for the operations of the two smaller counties. This is largely achieved in the area of administration and governance. Savings will be evident through greater efficiency gains by combining three into one and in particular through the reduction of triplication of costly reporting requirements.   Richmond River County Council and Far North Coast County Council will be dissolved with all functions transferring to Rous County Council effective 1 July 2016. While there will be some operational changes to attend to, our community and customers can expect business as usual with the continued delivery of high quality services in all three areas.

Flood information website

Explore the site to learn more about flooding in the local area and how it might affect you. There are resources to help you prepare and recover from flooding, information about the recent changes to some of the stream gauges, links to past flood investigations and some myth-busting answers to a few of the frequently asked questions about flooding.

Richmond Ecohealth Project 2014

Richmond River County Council marked the completion of a year's collaboration on monitoring river health in the Richmond catchment with the launch of the Ecohealth final report and report card.

Native vegetation plantings (2015)

Native vegetation on riverbanks and in wetlands is important for erosion control, water quality and terrestrial and aquatic habitat. A list of some examples of native vegetation suitable for planting on riverbanks and in wetlands at freshwater sites in the Richmond Catchment is now available on Council's Documents page under Brochures.

Richmond River Flood Mapping Study

The Evans River Flood Study - Final Report is now available.

Pesticide notifications

Click here for current pesticide notifications.

Riverbank Survey

The Richmond River and Catchment Riparian Land Management Survey is open for participation. Please check the map to see the area covered. Other areas will be surveyed at a later date.

Reward offered to catch weir vandals

Richmond River County Council (RRCC) recently developed a Policy for consultation on providing rewards for persons providing information that leads to the conviction of offender(s) for intentionally damaging Council property.

Tuckombil Weir 9-5-2014 022This action has been prompted following major damage to Tuckombil Weir, south of Woodburn.

Cr Wright, Chairman of RRCC said, “The weir was deliberately targeted and damaged with two cuts jackhammered into joins of the modular weir. Those responsible obviously hoped it would collapse.”

Cr Wright said, “I am extremely disappointed that a critical piece of community flood mitigation infrastructure has been deliberately targeted.”

Tuckombil weil close-upCr Wright said, “It is obvious by the damage caused, it was more than one person involved with a boat, compressor and jackhammer used entering from the Rocky Mouth Creek side of the weir. Persons responsible would be known to the Woodburn community as not everyone has that sort of equipment.”

The Council’s General Manager, Kyme Lavelle said the weir was designed to hold back deoxygenated flood waters from killing aquatic life in the Evans River and prevent sea water from the Evans River entering the freshwaters of the mid-Richmond.

He said, “It also allows high flow flood water to escape from the mid-Richmond into the Evans.”

Mr Lavelle said the damage bill to restore the weir is estimated at $50,000 of public funds but if the whole weir collapses, then the replacement cost will rise to approximately $1 million, not to mention the potential for environmental damage to the Evans River and its dependent aquatic and estuarine habitat . 

Anyone with information should contact the General Manager, Mr. Kyme Lavelle on 6621 8314 or by contacting Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 and quoting Police Report Number E 54360022.

Business FloodSafe Plan

Develop a customised Business FloodSafe Plan with this web based toolkit to help you plan for floods that may affect your business.