Development paints positive picture
By ADRIAN MILLER
THERE may be predictions of a population decline in Grafton, but with the number of developments around the town, you wouldn't guess it.
With the hotly debated Grafton Shoppingworld redevelopment on the table, comes a new Bunnings superstore which will create 100 jobs for the area.
Cetnaj is expanding to a new store in Grafton, while Aldi will open a new supermarket in Grafton later in the year.
Heavy equipment dealers Caterpillar have had a $1.6 million development approved which will create 30 jobs, and the TAFE NSW Grafton campus has finished the development of three new state-of-the-art facilities.
Factor in the refurbishment of the Grafton District Services Club, Walkers Marina Hotel, Roches Family Hotel, Grafton Post Office Hotel and the Village Green, and Grafton's building industry is thriving.
TAFE NSW Grafton campus manager Wendy Bruszewski said the new trade, library and music facilities at the campus meant students no longer had to move away from the Clarence Valley to receive world class teaching aids.
"We've been doing some agreements with universities so that they can use our technology centre," she said.
"Students will be able to come in and use it to study and link up with the university.
"It means if you go to university you probably don't need to be gone anywhere near as long or move permanently out of the area.
"It definitely fits into the context of helping to grow the environment locally."