Regional plan a reality check for Clarence Valley
IT IS a bit sobering to read exactly where the Clarence Valley lies in the North Coast pecking order.
Not necessarily a shock, but a reality check all the same.
The message from the release yesterday of the draft plan for the development of the North Coast is that three cities, Port Macquarie, Coffs Harbour and Tweed Heads, will be where most of the region's development takes place in the next 20 years and beyond.
It's hard to argue with that as they are already the area's biggest cities, but it's also disappointing to realise how much opportunity will be heading their way rather than in this direction.
There wasn't much reference to the Clarence Valley in the plan, although Grafton ranks as a regional centre and Yamba is pinpointed for some tourism development.
The big point from the report for locals is the opportunity available here for businesses.
The graph below shows just how much more land is available for industrial development than in other areas.
Coffs Harbour, for instance, has almost no land for future industrial projects, but the Clarence has plenty.
Attracting businesses to a region with room to spare, and as a result cheaper land, and a willing workforce is part of the council's ongoing strategy.
Getting businesses to leave the city is no easy task but the economic temptation of the Valley is decidedly attractive.