Meeting to boost our economy

A CONFERENCE of indigenous leaders which launched last night in Grafton will give the economy a welcome boost, Mayor Richie Williamson said.

The three-day annual Local Government Aboriginal Network Conference is running for its 25th year today and tomorrow and will see more than 150 delegates from across NSW gather at the Grafton Community and Function Centre.

Cr Williamson said Clarence Valley Council won the bid to secure the event almost two years ago.

"Now local businesses will enjoy the boost that such conferences bring to accommodation, event venues, caterers, bus companies, restaurants and general retail outlets," Cr Williamson said.

"The delegates are travelling long distances to share knowledge, be updated on government policies and initiatives, experience our local environment and Aboriginal history, culture and initiatives.

"Conference delegates will be entertained by our youth as well as one of our favourite sons, Troy Cassar-Daley.

"While the program promotes our Aboriginal people, their achievements and our partnerships, our beautiful natural environment also played a critical role in securing this event."

This week is also Local Government Week, where councils across the state promote the importance of local government to the community.

This year's theme - Local Knowledge, Local Services, Local Communities - aligns with the Grafton conference which promotes local achievements and learning.



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