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The Richmond River Independent is community owned through the Richmond River Independent Community Association Inc. covering Richmond Valley and Kyogle Council areas in Northern NSW.

The Richmond River Independent free weekly newspaper is a community response to the devastating decision by News Corp to shut down our local paper.

We needed a local paper that tells news about us.

From breaking news like the fires at Rappville, to fishing comps at Evans Head, cattle sales in Casino, giant pumpkins in Kyogle, Council news, births, deaths and marriages and local sport.

Who will tell these stories for us if we don't have a local paper?

The Richmond River Independent is owned by the community. That way it can never be taken over or closed down on a whim.

It’s advertising support that will make this paper sustainable. That’s a two-way street, because local businesses need focused local media to market their products and services and we’re here to provide that platform.

The management committee of the association is Bob Mills,  Graeme Gibson, Meg Bishop,  Andrew Johnston and Maggie May.

Join the Association for a $10 one off joining fee and $25 per year membership.

Membership is open to those who live and work in the Richmond Valley and Kyogle LGAs including areas on the borders.

To get a membership form email

The community having a read before helping deliver the first issue of the Independent.

Richmond River Independent Community Association Inc objectives

Richmond River Independent Community Association Inc. is incorporated in New South Wales, with the following objectives:

The Association will operate as a not for profit, incorporated community association with membership available to residents of Kyogle and Richmond Valley LGAs, or those people who have a significant interest in these areas to the satisfaction of the committee.

The Association will endeavour to operate on a break-even basis with sufficient resources to satisfy its management committee that it is operating on a sustainable basis.

The Association will operate under the terms of the Constitution registered with NSW Fair Trading.

The Association will appeal to the communities of the Richmond Valley and Kyogle council areas for support in both start-up funding and continuing advertising support, community involvement and community contributions.

All editorial decisions will be taken solely by the editor, independent of committee or membership opinions.