IN THE wake of the downsizing of Grafton Jail and the loss of more than 100 jobs in the Clarence Valley, Acting Premier Andrew Stoner yesterday announced a new Northern Rivers Jobs Plan.
Mr Stoner said the plan would offer incentives for eligible businesses, including direct grant assistance, payroll tax rebates and contributions to enabling infrastructure that can support new employment.
"The Northern Rivers is experiencing significant structural changes at the moment, and the Northern Rivers Jobs Plan is aimed at helping the region's businesses position themselves and the local economy for a sustainable future," Mr Stoner said.
Applications for round one would open on July 16 and close on August 24 and eligible businesses in the region that could create at least two new jobs could apply for funding, with priority to the Clarence Valley.
Further details on the Northern Rivers Jobs Plan, including full eligibility criteria, will be posted on the NSW Trade & Investment website at business.nsw.gov.au.
Mr Stoner said he had written to the Federal Government to seek its partnership and local member Chris Gulaptis welcomed the announcement before calling on Federal MP Janelle Saffin to ensure her government "kicks in their fair share of support".
Draft industry action plans for manufacturing, professional services, international education and research and digital economy sectors had been released for public comment at haveyoursay.nsw.gov.au/iap.