Richmond Valley Council has received a $1 million Nationals in Government grant to assist with drought relief, which will be used to support important community infrastructure.

Federal Nationals Member for Page Kevin Hogan joined local mayor Robert Mustow to officially announce the projects.

Mr Hogan said the funds were provided to council to assist with local-led recovery efforts.

“The drought devastated our community and it is important we recover together,” he said.

“I would like to congratulate Richmond Valley Council on the way they have distributed the money.”

Richmond Valley Council sought input from the community on how to allocate the grant funding, Cr Mustow said.

“The choices were well-considered, and all will boost local employment and procurement, as well as address social and community needs,” he said.

Successful projects include:
• $420,000 for Casino Showground Upgrades, including building a day stall, equestrian warm up area and installing camping powerheads.
• $285,000 to improve rural road access for tourism venues to assist in stimulating economic growth.
• $100,000 to upgrade Community Halls.
• $100,000 for designated bulk water filling stations across the LGA to assist residents and bulk water carriers.
• $95,000 for the Paddock to Plate Project, an agritourism experience to showcase producers.