Ian Tiley
Ian Tiley

Clarence growth priority

CLARENCE Valley Council (CVC) is about to draw up the blueprints for a plan that it hopes will map out economic growth for the Clarence Valley and deliver income options for the area's growing population.

CVC mayor Ian Tiley said the ground-breaking plan had the aim of achieving real economic growth throughout the Valley.

"Economic change is all around us and there is a definite sense of anticipation, expectation and a need for stra- tegic responses to the period of economic transition in which the Clarence Valley currently finds itself," Cr Tiley said.

The mayor stressed that the plan would require significant commitment and ownership from industry and business, now and in the future.

Chairman of the project committee, Cr Chris Gulaptis, said there was a need for the Clarence Valley to balance population-driven growth with real industry development and the economic plan would definitely be focusing on that aspect.

The timeframe for the Clarence Valley Economic Plan will see it completed, inclusive of a set of priority action lists, for consideration as part of the 2006/07 budget preparation.

Business, industry and community members are invited to attend the first in a series of meetings and forums being conducted as part of preparations for the Clarence Valley Economic Development Strate- gic Plan.

The project is to be launched at a public meeting at the Grafton Community and Function Centre at 6pm tonight.

Another meeting will be held to canvass public opinion on what is needed to drive economic growth, at CVC's Maclean office at 6pm tomorrow night.

The mayor, Cr Gulaptis and project consultants will outline the project process, goals and objectives and the timeline.

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