26.5 C
Byron Shire
April 15, 2021

Ballina councillors to lead region on water, weeds and flooding

Latest News

Sally Flannery discovers dark side of ‘Lovemore’

Since declaring her interest in running for Lismore Council, local woman Sally Flannery has been subjected to sustained attacks, both online and upon her property.

Other News

Disguised junk mail

A Sinclair, Mullumbimby Does anyone know who is responsible for the thinly disguised bundles of junk mail that are now...

New film celebrates getting back outside

'Free From Lockdown: Back Out in Nature' is a new short film in which a group of disabled and non-disabled performers from the Northern Rivers celebrate being in nature after COVID lockdown.

What’s the real cost of ‘affordable housing’? 

With ‘affordable housing’ being the new catchcry in parts of the Northern Rivers, The Echo did a ring-around to find the cheapest rental living space in Byron Bay’s caravan parks and camping grounds.

Waking up with a sick feeling in my gut

Horst Tietze, Mullumbimby Thank you to Mandy Nolan for publishing her courageous account of growing up as a young woman...

$1500 council fee rebates for farmers

NSW Farmers commends the NSW Government on its delivery of a rebate scheme for NSW and local government fees and charges, following its $500 million commitment in the State Budget last year.

A man dead after boat capsizes on Ballina Bar

Police have confirmed that a man has died after a boat capsized at Ballina earlier today.

Mullumbimby in flood during ex-Cyclone Debbie in 2017. Photo supplied.

Balllina Shire Councillor Keith Williams has been re-elected as chairperson of the Rous County Council, a group representing four councils on the Northern Rivers.

The council isn’t as commonly known with residents in the region as individual member councils voted in via public elections.

But with issues of water security and flood mitigation in the region becoming increasingly serious, the role of the Rous County Council is likely to attract more attention in the near future.

The county council is responsible for delivering bulk water, weed biosecurity and flood mitigation services to the Lismore, Ballina, Byron and Richmond Valley local government areas.

It also oversees weed biosecurity in the Tweed and Kyogle shires.

Each member council is represented by two councillors in the Rous County Council.

Councillors are elected on four-year terms but the positions of chair and deputy chair are elected every year.

Long-term water security solution needed, says Cr Williams

Last week, councillors unanimously voted for Cr Williams to continue in his role as chair, with fellow Ballina Shire Councillor Sharon Cadwallader elected as deputy chair.

Ballina Councillor Keith Williams has been re-elected chair of Rous County Council. Photo supplied

It will be Cr Williams’ third and final term as chairperson before local government elections next year.

Cr Williams has highlighted the issue of water security in a Rous County Council press release, saying a long-term solution was needed: something ‘sustainable for the community and the environment’.

The council oversees water supply from the Rocky Creek Dam and Emigrant Creek Dam for around 100,000 people on the Northern Rivers.

Cr Cadwallader said the council had ‘gone from strength to strength since its amalgamation’ and she was honoured to have been elected deputy chair.

Byron Shire Council is represented on the Rous County Council by Mayor Simon Richardson and Independent Councillor Basil Cameron.

Lismore City Cr Vanessa Ekins and Deputy Mayor Darlene Cook are on the council along with Richmond Valley Mayor Robert Mustow and Cr Sandra Humphry.

Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.


  1. That’s 158,000 with peaks of use for Parklands Splendour events, granted Consent since Rous declared that we need to reduce water usage as our supply is heading to being “unstable”, and noting that Richardson has been a recipient of Political Donations from the Parklands property developers


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

SCU named as partner in two national drought hubs

Southern Cross University has been announced as playing a crucial partnership role in two new Drought Resilience Adoption and Innovation Hubs.

ALP puts war power reform on the agenda

The Australian Labor Party will hold a public inquiry into how Australia goes to war if elected to government next year.

Help from Red Cross for flood-affected communities in NSW

With disasters coming thick and fast as the climate emergency worsens, Australian Red Cross this morning launched financial help for flood-affected communities in NSW.

Rocky Creek Field Day coming in July

As part of the Rural Landholder Initiative, rural landholders in the Rocky Creek area are invited to an Off-stream Watering and Riparian Habitat Field Day.