South goes boom
By EMMA CORNFORD
A NEW $1.6million development for heavy equipment dealers Caterpillar has been approved for South Grafton, bringing up to 30 jobs into the district.
The store will incorporate sales, servicing, repairs and spare parts as well as a rental yard.
Clarence Valley Council town planner Scott Lenton said the development application for the building was approved two weeks ago but a building certificate was still pending as the council waits for detailed plans.
"The development is proposed for Tyson Street at South Grafton, straight through from Tyson Street to the Pacific Highway, so it's a large site," Mr Lenton said.
"There'll be a visual aspect from the highway but all the access will be from Tyson Street."
Mr Lenton said the development would bring '25 to 30' jobs to South Grafton.
"Basically it's for Caterpillar to do all their sales and servicing and that kind of thing (and) ... they will probably be servicing the North Coast with this facility."
South Grafton Residents' Progress Association leader Tony Wade said the development was heartening.
"It won't be good just for South Grafton, but for the whole of the Clarence Valley," Mr Wade said.
"The southside has been a bit neglected over the years so it's great for that and ... now with amalgamation well and truly under way we just need to support the whole Valley aspect and I think that's what developments like this will do."
Mr Wade said apart from the 25-30 jobs, he was excited about the possibility of indirect employment through the new construction.
"I think it could bring more businesses to the Valley ... and we need to make sure we do all we can to keep them here and I'm really glad the council has ap- proved it."