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The Rous River is a river in the North Coast region of the state of New South Walesmarker in Australia. It is a tributary of the Tweed Rivermarker, joining the Tweed at Tumbulgum, northeast of Murwillumbahmarker.

The rivers rises from a series of creeks in the vicinity of Numinbah and Upper Cystal Creek near the Queenslandmarker border. Hopkins Creek starts on the southern slopes of the McPherson Rangemarker south of Mount Merino. Numinbah, Pat Smith, Couchy and Crystal Creek emerge from the Numinbah Nature Reserve, south of Springbrook. The river then flows through the small villages of Chillinghammarker and Crystal Creek.

Downstream Nobbys and Dungay Creeks enter the Rous River after flowing from the small valley communities known as Nobbys Creek and Dungay which located south of Mount Cougal.

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.

The federal government proposed damming the Rous River, Oxley River and Byrill Creek in 2007. Local opposition to the plan was strong enough for the Save the Caldera Rivers Campaign to form, in an effort to stop the proposed dams from being built.

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