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Rous River
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The mouth of the Rous River, located in New South Wales
Other name(s) North Arm Tweed River
Country Australia
State New South Wales
Region NSW North Coast (IBRA), Northern Rivers
LGA Tweed
City Murwillumbah
Physical characteristics
Main source Mount Hobwee, McPherson Range
near Numinbah
217 m (712 ft)
River mouth confluence with the Tweed River
0 m (0 ft)
28°16′26″S 153°27′32″E / 28.27389°S 153.45889°E / -28.27389; 153.45889
Length 44 km (27 mi)
Basin features
River system Tweed River catchment
  • Left:
    Crystal Creek (Rous), Nobbys Creek
  • Right:
    Hopkins Creek, Jacksons Creek (New South Wales)
Nature reserve Limpinwood Nature Reserve

Rous River, a perennial river of the Tweed River catchment, is located in the Northern Rivers region of New South Wales, Australia.

Course and features

Rous River rises below Mount Hobwee on the southern slopes of the McPherson Range, near Numinbah on the New South Wales-Queensland border, and flows generally east by south, and then east, joined by four minor tributaries, before reaching its confluence with the Tweed River at Tumbulgum, northeast of Murwillumbah. The river descends 217 metres (712 ft) over its 44-kilometre (27 mi) course.

In its upper reaches, Rous River is fed by a minor tributary, Hopkins Creek, on the southern slopes of the McPherson Range, south of Mount Merino; and downriver of Numinbah near the small villages of Chillingham, Jacksons Creek enters the river. In its lower reaches, Rous River is fed by two minor tributaries, Nobbys Creek and Crystal Creek that emerge from the Numinbah Nature Reserve, south of Springbrook.

Adjustments to the natural flow of the river

In January 2006, partially treated sewerage entered the river from emergency tanks and ponds after storage at the Murwillumbah treatment plant, which had been off-line due to damage, was filled beyond capacity. Biological testing indicated the river water was hazardous which led to a temporary swimming ban.

In 2007, the federal government proposed damming the Rous River, Oxley River and Byrrill Creek. Local opposition to the plan was formed via the Save the Caldera Rivers Campaign, in an effort to stop the proposed dams from being built.

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