Valley urged to unite and prosper
By PETER ELLEM
MORE than 100 business people from both ends of the amalgamated Valley attended Clarence Ahead Incorporated's (CAI) first networking event at the Grafton Community Centre on Wednesday night.
CAI chair Des Plunkett set the tone with a call to arms. Now was the time, he said, for the business sector to pull together and work together as never before...to break down the 'us and them' mythical barriers.
Mr Plunkett stressed that CAI would have no political or religious affiliations.
Master of ceremonies and CAI executive member Chris Gulaptis welcomed graphics editor at The Financial Review, David Coe, who gave an interesting speech on 'The hidden geometry of markets ? waves, cycles and Fibonacci numbers'.
Mr Coe later advised that the most successful communities he had come across in his wide travels all shared a common goal or purpose.
This insight was backed up by Bendigo-based Derek de Vrieze, who established the Central Victorian Business Network in late 2002.
"When you get 100 business people in a room, something very positive is going to happen. There is huge potential in this region," he said.
The Daily Examiner/Coastal Views and Big River Timbers sponsored the event. Grafton Girl Guides catered as a fun- draiser.