Editorial - Thursday, August 22: Buy local, create jobs

WHEN I was out and about roving yesterday, the usual topics came up.

Jobs for the Valley is a topic people always bring up when I ask them what they would like to see happen here.

At a time when many dairy farmers are walking off the land, it is so encouraging to see people like the Maddens making a real go of it by trying a different approach.

What is even more encouraging is that even at these early stages, they are predicting there will be a few jobs up for grabs.

I am sure if the Valley gets behind this business and supports it by buying the product, there could be even more jobs into the future. Sure, the milk may cost a little more but isn't it worth it? By spending a little more, we are injecting money into the local economy, helping a local business and potentially creating more jobs.

The same goes for existing businesses. By spending our money in the Valley whenever we can, we are helping that cycle.

Speaking of local businesses, keep your eyes peeled for results of the Clarence Valley Business Excellence Awards. Tickets for the gala presentation dinner are on sale until September 13 from all CHESS Employment offices - 149 Prince St Grafton, 2/32 Coldstream St Yamba and 20A River St Maclean. A bus will be provided from Grafton and Maclean which you can book with CHESS when you buy your ticket. This dinner is on September 21 - another great way to reward our hard working local business people.

Shannon Newley

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