A JIGSAW puzzle of one of Grafton's landmarks could be one of the first pieces in solving the problem of the region's struggling economy.

Grafton businessman Les Weiley plans to produce a jigsaw puzzle of his iconic hotel building and use it to promote the region.

Mr Weiley would like to encourage other people to include their businesses in the idea, but is prepared to go it alone if necessary.

"Grafton used to be a destination," said the 74-year-old, whose family has links to the region going back to the 19th century.

"People used to come here for things like the July races and Jacaranda Festival and stay for a month.

"We seem to have lost that and we need to get it back."

Mr Weiley does business and travels extensively in China and Germany, where he has seen examples Grafton could follow.

"There's a town in Germany which is famous for Christmas decorations, where every business sells Christmas decorations of some sort," he said.

"Grafton could do something similar with the Jacaranda Festival."

Mr Weiley invites people interested in his idea to talk to him.



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