Richmond Valley Council
New South Wales
Location in New South Wales
|Area||3,051 km² (1,178.0 sq mi)|
Richmond Valley Council is a local government area in the Northern Rivers region of north-eastern New South Wales, Australia. The area is named after the Richmond River, which flows through most of it. The area under management is located adjacent to the Bruxner Highway, Pacific Highway, and the North Coast railway line.
The Local Government Area was formed by amalgamation of the Richmond River Shire and the Municipality of Casino in February 2000.
Towns and localities 
In the 2006 Census of Population and Housing there were 24,579 usual residents living in Richmond Valley Council. Of this count, 10,507 (or 49%) were males and 10,806 (or 51%) were females. By age, 19% of the population was under 15 years old, 66% were between 15 and 65, and 15% were over 65 years old. Most people living in Richmond Valley Council were born in Australia (90%). The median age was 41 years.
According to the 2006 Census of Population and Housing, the median invididual income was $342 per week (equal to approximately $17,833 per year). The median family income in 2006 was $826 per week (equal to approximately $43,070 per year); and, the median household income in 2006 was $651 per week (equal to approximately $33,945 per year).
There were 7,786 people employed in 2006 (to give an employment to working age population ratio of 0.48), and 752 people unemployed. The most common occupations were Labourers (20%); Managers (14%); and, Technicians and Trades Workers (13%). The top 5 industries for employment were Meat and Meat Product Manufacturing (7.0%); School Education (5.0%); Sheep, Beef Cattle and Grain Farming (3.8%); Hospitals (3.5%); and, Cafes, Restaurants and Takeaway Food Services (3.5%).
In the 2006 Census of Population and Housing, the median housing loan repayment was $910 per month. This equated to marginally under 35% of median household income. The median rent in 2006 was $145 per week. This equated to just over 22% of median household income. The average household size was 2.5 persons.
Current composition and election method 
Richmond Valley Council is composed of seven Councillors, including the Mayor, for a fixed four-year term of office. The Mayor is directly elected while the six other Councillors are elected proportionally as one entire ward. The most recent election was held on 8 September 2012, and the makeup of the Council, including the Mayor, is as follows:
|Independents and Unaligned||7|
The current Council, elected in 2012, in order of election by ward, is:
|Steve Morrissey||Unaligned||Elected on Robert Mustow's ticket|
|Daniel Simpson||Independent||Elected on Robert Hayes' ticket|
|Sandra Duncan-Humphrys||Independent||Elected on Robert Mustow's ticket|
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