Governance pilot for the Richmond River

Birds sitting on a dead, submerged tree

Birds sitting on a submerged tree on the Richmond River. Photo by: Jennifer Grant.


The Richmond River is highly valued for the social, environmental and economic benefits it provides.  The Richmond catchment is the focus of a number of pilot projects under the Marine Estate Management Strategy that are collectively working to restore the river’s health.

This project aims to identify areas where government, industry and community can work more effectively together. Consideration for long-term and sustained funding is an integral part of the project.

This action will:

  • propose a way for stakeholders to work together for a common goal – that of improved river health in the Richmond River across its catchment
  • examine ways to enhance funding for this work both from public and private investment
  • foster government agency collaboration with the community to meet these objectives.

Latest news

  • November 2019 - Final Report on recommendations for the Richmond River Governance Funding Framework


Richmond River catchment area – Kyogle, Byron, Lismore, Richmond Valley and Ballina Shire Councils

Lead agency

  • Department Planning, Environment and Industry - Environment, Energy and Science (EES)


  • Department of Regional NSW - Department of Primary Industries (DPI)
  • Ballina Shire Council
  • Byron Shire Council
  • Kyogle Council
  • Lismore City Council
  • Richmond Valley Council
  • Rous County Council

More information

MEMS Implementation Plan (PDF, 4340.52 KB)


To find out more, contact:

Ben Fitzgibbon
P – 02 8289 6318
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Page last updated/reviewed: 15 Jun 2020