TIME IS NOW: Waterview Heights resident John Hagger is keen to see the idea of an industry hub take off in the Valley. Photo: Debrah Novak
TIME IS NOW: Waterview Heights resident John Hagger is keen to see the idea of an industry hub take off in the Valley. Photo: Debrah Novak

YOUR STORY: Creating change for the future of the Valley

CHANGE is stressful and often hurts people, but it can also offer new ways to success.

As much as I love horses, I don't want to go back to avoiding horse poo every time I walk down the main street.

Australia is currently undergoing a revolution in its approach to shopping and already we are buying a lot through the internet and online stores.

If we in the Clarence Valley are clever about this, we can use this change to create a future with many more jobs for our children and grandchildren.

Internet shops and distributors do not want to be in busy capital cities with expensive rents and traffic gridlock. They want to be connected via high speed internet cable and to have their warehouses built on transport hubs.

Here we have thousands of hectares of flat flood-free land at the junction of the Pacific Hwy, the Gwydir Hwy and Summerland Wy and a rail line, a river and an airport.

We have so many riches we are not using to help provide jobs for our young people. Let's campaign to have the State Government provide container handling facilities at Grafton rail, for the Federal Government to expedite its delivery of the much promised fibre cable and for our local council to become better at attracting business into the area.

The Pacific Hwy upgrade has started and I know Federal Member Kevin Hogan has been petitioning to quicken the rollout of fibre optic cable in our area.

Our time is now but we must act now.

The infrastructure requirements take time to develop and we need them in place before all those highway workers leave our area in 2020.

For the sake of our valley and our children we need a long term sustainable plan.

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