New chairman Richie Williamson, second from left, discusses Community Economic Development projects with Grafton CED Implementa
New chairman Richie Williamson, second from left, discusses Community Economic Development projects with Grafton CED Implementa

Taking Grafton forward



THE Grafton community has been canvassed, their brains picked of ideas and now it's time for those plans to be put into action.

Clarence Valley Councillor Richie Williamson, together with Grafton Community Economic Development (CED) Implementation Committee members Annie Dodd, Elizabeth Fairweather and Liza Bloomer, have been given the task of investigating projects to lead Grafton into the future.

Developing a streetscape master plan for South Grafton and improving access to the Clarence River will be investigated as part of the Grafton CED, along with many other possible projects.

The program is looking at new visionary projects for the area that have been put forward by the Grafton community.

As the newly-appointed chairman of the Grafton CED Implementation Committee, Cr Williamson said the program would provide an opportunity for community members and groups to achieve significant outcomes for the region.

"Another important aspect is the positive interaction and partnership between council and community," he said.

Funded by the Clarence Valley Council and the Iemma Government, the program encourages the community to embark on actions that make a difference in the local area.

Workshops have been held in Grafton and South Grafton to formulate action plans for the communities.

The plans are devised through the community identifying a vision for the future.

A consensus of prioritised issues affecting the community and a series of projects to address the issues were other key areas addressed.

Other priority projects aimed at maximising the potential of the Grafton area include establishing a business award program and setting up a heritage trail project.

People interested in being part of the CED program should contact council's economic development coordinator, Elizabeth Fairweather on 66452266 or email elizabeth.fairweather@clarence.nsw.gov.au.



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