Brett Tibbett: What is your vision for the Clarence Valley?
MY vision for the Clarence Valley is the reinvigoration of our productive, diverse, vibrant and sustainable local economy, this will enable local residents and their families to achieve their goals and enjoy the lifestyle and benefits that our local area is recognised for.
To achieve this, we need a Council that has the ability to support our community, by providing quality services at a sustainable price and a "can do” attitude to Valley-appropriate sustainable development and business growth. Sustainable growth is critical not only for the well-being of the Clarence Valley community but also the future of the Clarence Valley Council as an organisation, without sustainable growth the pressure on Council's financial position will continue to increase and local ratepayers and residents will be paying for the shortfalls. Yes, the Valley needs to take advantage of the current infrastructure rollout but without sustainable local growth how do we maintain our community into the future?
Local economic activity is extremely important as it provides the resources for our community to operate and attract external funding streams from State and Federal government partnerships to maintain & develop our community assets and secure services into community. Community assets such as a youth hub and PCYC in the Valley are more difficult to attract if our local economy and financial position is too weak to support. The Clarence Valley community needs to progress and build increased resilience & strength to effectively lobby for the re-instatement of the extensive loss of services that we have experienced recently. My vision is that the Valley will again be serviced by local businesses and organisations and not overlooked by service providers from other locations such as Coffs Harbour and Lismore.
My vision is to promote and support the opportunities that the hardworking residents of the Clarence want to pursue. Opportunities for sustainable growth, opportunities for our young people to work and live in the area they grew up in. Opportunities to get the Clarence working.