News

Valley looks to its future

There is a long way to go to get back the lost jobs.
There is a long way to go to get back the lost jobs.

THE Our Time Now campaign is about the Valley standing up for itself in a tough economic environment.

It will ensure the commitments made by Deputy Premier Andrew Stoner and Premier Barry O'Farrell are fulfilled, but it will also look at ways the Valley can improve its economic lot whether through better policies from Clarence Valley Council, big business ventures, tourism initiatives or festivals.

The Daily Examiner is considering including a weekly ideas section from our readers to accompany our Saturday update on the Our Time Now campaign.

The premier announced last week a NSW Cabinet sub-committee on rural and regional NSW had been formed to find Sydney-based public sector jobs that could be transferred to Grafton as compensation to the community for the downgrade of the Grafton jail.

Mr Stoner, chairman of the sub-committee, told ABC radio that Grafton would come out of the process "better than it had ever been" for jobs.

A spokesman from Mr Stoner's office said yesterday a weekly tally of the sub-committee's progress would not be available, but The Examiner assured the media adviser we'd be seeking updates anyway.

He said the rural and regional sub-committee met regularly and would report back to cabinet within eight weeks.

He did not reply to a request for a full list of members of the sub-committee, but The Examiner will seek this information next week.

The sub-committee coincides with another move, announced by Mr Stoner on July 7 (days after the jail downgrade announcement), for a Northern Rivers Jobs Plan.

The jobs plan, to be developed by NSW Trade and Investment, would outline how the creation of local jobs would be delivered and would include incentives for eligible businesses including direct grant assistance, payroll tax rebates, and contributions to enabling infrastructure.

"But to ensure we hit the ground running, eligible businesses in the Northern Rivers region that can create at least two new jobs can now apply for funding from NSW Trade and Investment," Mr Stoner said.

The jobs plan would be available to businesses from the Clarence LGA to the Queensland border, but priority would be given to Clarence businesses, he said.

Prospective applicants can contact Craig Jenkins, business development manager in NSW Trade and Investment's Lismore Office, on 6622 6145 or via email on craig.jenkins@industry.nsw.gov.au.

Topics:  andrew stoner, barry o'farrell, campaign, economy, grafton




Courier service gets the flowers to the stalls on time

Fastways Couriers donated their time and services to get flowers to the region well in time for Daffodil Day.

Find out how the flowers for Daffodil Day are so fresh.

Daffodil Day work emergency puts Kylie in charge

FAMILY VALUES: Kylie Cameron and her mum and dad, Karen and John Cameron, at the Daffodil Day stall at Bunnings, South Grafton, on Friday.

Family bands together to keep Daffodil Day booth going.

VIDEO: Meet the Candidates in Maclean

KAREN TOMS: Says being a councillor for eight years has been a tough gig. She is worried about council's debt and financial sustainability. As a councillor she says she approaches spending with the thought, what if it was my money.Photo Tim Howard / Daily Examiner

What do the council candidates stand for?

Latest deals and offers

Robbie Williams sings at manager's funeral

Robbie Williams and Lamar sang at the funeral of their manager

Courtney Stodden gets Reborn Doll

Courtney Stodden is trying to get over her recent miscarriage

Kate McKinnon 'destitute' before SNL

Kate McKinnon says she can't do anything but act

FBI investigating Leslie Jones website hack

The FBI are investigating Leslie Jones' personal website hack

Katy Perry: 'I stay normal with therapy'

Katy Perry says she relies on therapy to help her 'stay normal'

World's highest-paid actor revealed

The highest-paid actors in the world have been revealed

REVEALED: Pat Rafter's $18m Coast house on the market

Check out the photos of the Coast's most expensive property for sale

The "correction we had to have" in Gladstone's rentals

UPWARD MARCH: The rental vacancy rate in Gladstone has improved for the first time in more than a year, providing a confidence boost in the market.

Vacancy rates improve with signs that things are getting betterF

ISLAND FOR SALE: Cheap Fraser Coast island drops price again

Suna Island in the Great Sandy Strait will be auctioned by Ray White Hervey Bay on Saturday morning.

This is the cheapest island you will find for sale in Australia

How a family home can fit on a 250sq m block

This is what you can build on 250m2.

Here's the floor plan of a home built on 250sq m

Investors eye Gladstone's $4m island with resort approval

UP FOR SALE: Turtle Island is on the market.

CHINESE and Sydney investors flag interest in Gladstone island.

Take a sneak peek at this $19m Whitsunday mansion

Mandalay House features a private helipad.

Mandalay is currently on the market with an asking price of $19m