Selling the Valley to the city

THE Clarence Valley, like the rest of rural NSW, was great at telling metropolitan residents how bad things are, but poor at selling its positive points.

That is the view of Peter Bailey who is coordinating Country Week, to be held at Rosehill Gardens in the heart of Sydney from August 5-7.

Mr Bailey was in Grafton last week to speak with local businesses about their involvement in Country Week and to help the Clarence Business Enterprise Centre, which will have a stall at the exhibition.

"There are plenty of positive messages we can get across," he said.

"They include real estate prices, access to sporting facilities, the lifestyle ...

"Recent surveys have shown 80 per cent of young people in western Sydney believe they will never be able to afford their own home, so we have plenty to work on.

"The number one hot button is real estate."

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