Richmond Valley

Hunters Hill Council and Richmond Valley Council logos side by side

Richmond Valley is a local government area in the Northern Rivers region of north-eastern NSW. Richmond Valley draws its name from the Richmond River, which flows through most of the council area.

The traditional custodians of the land of the Casino area, or Djanangmum as it is known to Aboriginal people, are Galibal. The wider area known today as the Northern Rivers was occupied by the Bundjalung-speaking peoples, made up of an estimated 20 different language groups. 

Pastoral settlement in the Richmond Valley began in the 1840s, more than a decade after the Richmond River had first been entered from the sea by Captain Henry Rous.

Richmond Valley Council was formed in February 2000 as a result of the amalgamation of the former Casino Council and Richmond River Shire Council. The area of around 3050 square kilometres has a population of about 23,000.

The Municipality of Hunters Hill and Richmond Valley Council Friendship Pact outlines an agreement and desire to create a bond of friendship and a closer affinity with one another, promoting a greater awareness and understanding of each other’s unique location, lifestyles and challenges and support for sustainable development within our areas. 

When bushfires hit Richmond Valley in 2019, Hunters Hill offered support through fundraising and donation of goods.

Primary schools from the two areas have also participated in letter writing exchanges.