Council ?ignores? Southside

By Adrian Miller

South Grafton businesses have submitted a petition to the Clarence Vally Council claiming their precinct was ignored in council's draft plan of management.

South Grafton business owner and former Grafton City Council mayor Bruce Sahlqvist said South Grafton was the foundation area of the Clarence and should not have been ignored.

"How they (council) could ignore it is just amazing," he said.

"We are hoping the petition will spark some interest because it (the omission) is a bad one."

Mr Sahlqvist said most of the development occurring in the Grafton area was happening in South Grafton.

Council mayor Ian Tiley said the plan did not ignore South Grafton, and council had always planned to spend money in the area. He said since the petition had been lodged he had attended a meeting with businesses and the South Grafton Progress Association which outlined what goals they wanted for the area and how council could achieve them.

He said further meetings were planned where more details and submissions would be made to council.

Another South Grafton business operator and petition organiser, Annie Dodd, said social, economic or infrastructure problems in South Grafton needed to be identified and an action plan devised to address them.

"It (South Grafton) has the potential to be a tourist drawcard," she said.

She said an economic development workshop was planned for the area and would probably be held in August.

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