Forum tackles growth needs
By ADRIAN MILLER
INVESTMENT and employment in the Clarence Valley are set to take a step forward.
The group which has both aims high on the agenda, Clarence Ahead Inc (CAI), will hold its first quarterly forum on March 9 at the Grafton Community and Function Centre.
The forum, sponsored by Big River Timbers, The Daily Examiner and Coastal Views, will feature former Clarence Valley resident David Coe as speaker.
CAI spokesman Des Plunkett said the forum with dinner would bring community organisations and business people throughout the Valley together to strengthen ties.
"It's predominantly a networking evening to give people from business, industry, the private sector, health and education a chance to get together and meet new people and share ideas," he said.
Mr Plunkett said the dinner was the first in a range of quarterly events planned, all of which would aim to help businesses and community organisations network to create further opportunities.
Mr Plunkett said Mr Coe would draw on his range of business experience to talk about the similarity of market places all over the world.
Mr Coe, who was raised in the Valley, started work as a proof-reader at The Daily Examiner before becoming a cadet journalist in Brisbane. He moved on to The Times and The Sun in England, before returning to Australia to work at The Australian.
He became head of publications at Ord Minett, and has also held marketing and publishing positions at Macquarie Bank.