OUR SAY: Blueprint to cut our red tape
ONE of the most common criticisms levelled at the Clarence Valley Council is a perceived reluctance to help business coming to the Clarence Valley.
Daily Examiner reporters consistently hear business people complain about the amount of red tape they encounter from the council.
But this week we heard of two initiatives which will make it more attractive for business and sporting groups to come here.
Last Tuesday the council approved the creation of a panel to streamline sports tourism sponsorships to a value of $8000.
One can only hope the formation of such a panel might become a blueprint for other such panels to grease the wheels of business seeking to set up here.
It was also exciting to report on a panel the Member for Page, Kevin Hogan, has established to attract big employers to the region.
Including the five general managers from the councils in his electorate could be a master stroke as it should generate competition between the councils to attract employers.
It was also interesting to hear the panel is identifying businesses in an expansionary phase to come here.
This panel could also be a vehicle to take further an idea, floated in The Daily Examiner last year, to look for a new tenant for the Grafton jail.