Clarence Valley works on boost
By SALLY GORDON
MORE than $1.5 billion worth of major infrastructure is planned to hit the Clarence Valley over the next 10 to 15 years.
Clarence Valley councillor Chris Gulaptis believes that with works such as the Pacific Highway upgrade, estimated to cost close to $1 billion, the Valley's industry and business potential will skyrocket.
The Maclean councillor claims the spotlight will be on the Clarence when some of the biggest infrastructural projects on the North Coast go ahead in the next decade.
"We're talking $200 million for the Shannon Creek dam; $60 million, possibly more, for sewerage works; we're talking about rezoning West Yamba which is approximately 1000 lots with a value of around $200 million, and we're also talking about rezoning industrial land with a value of about $100 million or so," Cr Gulaptis said.
"Everything seems to be culminating from a fairly long build up and it's all culminating to hit at the one time," he said.
The councillor said future developments in the region was positive news that should be articulated outside the local government area to entice business and investment to the region.
Cr Gulaptis said the industry flow-on from projects such as the highway bypass would serve as a major financial boost to local businesses.
He said it was critical that appropriate land was zoned for future development, and internal operations within the council were running smoothly.