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Risk-based framework for regional waterway health

Published 8 September 2023 Support the establishment of a new governance framework for the Richmond River catchment to manage diffuse source runoff in a regional area.
content image The Richmond River, upstream from Wardell.


The Richmond River is highly valued by the community for the social, environmental and economic benefits it provides. The Richmond River catchment is the focus of several pilot projects under the Marine Estate Management Strategy.

This project aims to identify how government, industry and the community can work more effectively together to improve the ecological health of the Richmond River. Consideration for long-term and sustained funding is an integral part of the project.

This project will:


Richmond River catchment area - Kyogle Council, Byron Shire Council, Lismore City Council, Richmond Valley Council and Ballina Shire Council.

Rous County Council provides services to many of these councils under a Service Level Agreement.

Local government areas - Ballina Shire Council, Byron Shire Council, Kyogle Council, Lismore City Council, Richmond Valley Council

Lead agency

NSW Department of Planning and Environment (DPE) Environment and Heritage Group


  • Ballina Shire Council
  • Byron Shire Council
  • Kyogle Council
  • Lismore City Council
  • Richmond Valley Council
  • Rous County Council

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