Celebrity Tree (photo: Dallas Nock)
The Northern Rivers Region of NSW stretches from the Queensland border to the southern end of the Clarence Valley, and from the coast to the Great Dividing Range. The Local Government Areas that make up the region are Tweed, Byron, Ballina, Lismore, Richmond Valley, Clarence Valley and Kyogle.
With a population of 271,056 people, the region has one of the highest rates of population growth in an Australian region outside the capital cities. New residents are attracted to the lifestyle opportunities and an increasingly sophisticated regional community with new opportunities in areas such as tourism, the arts and creative industries.
The Northern Rivers Region is culturally and environmentally diverse. Crossed by three major river systems - the Tweed, Richmond and Clarence – it is renowned for its warm climate, rainforests and coastline. The region also has a rich Indigenous cultural history and is renowned for its creative communities - such as Byron Bay, Nimbin and Lismore - and high concentration of artists and cultural activity.