Forum to help take us into future

DESPITE the ongoing pain from the Grafton Jail downsizing, Valley residents are being encouraged to look to the future.

Clarence Valley Community Unions has organised a forum, bringing in academic Professor Bill Mitchell, an expert in jobs and regional communities.

The organisation's Tony King, who will chair the forum, said it was vital for the region to continue the fight and stand together.

"The axing of 108 workers at Grafton Jail showed the devastating impact of what those in Macquarie St can do to Grafton and the region," Mr King said.

"The people who live in the Valley are the experts on what we need to build, maintain and achieve for a successful future."

The "Future of the Clarence Valley Forum" will be supported by media partners The Daily Examiner and 2GF/FM104.7.

"It has been proven that those in government in Sydney don't care. Andrew Stoner as leader of the Nationals has shown he doesn't care, so we must be proactive and tell them what we want, not wait for the crumbs they give us," Mr King said.

"We now need to be channelling our anger into concerted action. We need to take charge of our future and this forum is a vital step in achieving that goal.

Professor Bill Mitchell is from the economics faculty at the University of Newcastle and an expert in labour markets and macro economics.

The forum will take place tonight at the Grafton District Services Club from 6.30pm.



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