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What are your ideas on creating a strong and vibrant economy and what can the Clarence Valley community do to support economic growth and sustainability?

by Executive Support, over 7 years ago

Consider our intention: Our intention is for our community well-being and prosperity to be supported by economic activity involving meaningful paid and voluntary work, clean green industry and business, and aware consumers that use water, energy and other resources wisely.

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  • Tess over 7 years ago
    Small businesses need to be given more support by Council. There are a lot of subcontractors in the valley who rely on Council work to survive. If Council doesn't spread the work load then it is only an advantage to a small number and decreases the opportunity for businesses to survive or take on apprentices.
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  • Executive Support over 7 years ago
    Comment contributed by hard copy.Encourage shops and small business opening hours longer, stop pandering only to tourist, get rid of places such as "McDonalds".
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    • beautifulbob over 7 years ago
      That's one solution although I don't know how you 'encourage' the small business person to stay open longer. I agree with the tourism comment - to a point. The tourist thing is overdone and everywhere tends to go down that path...a well worn one. A more inventive solution is needed. The council only has so many dollars to go around - I want my taxes and rates to be spent wisely getting best bang for each dollar. If local contractors are not competitive, don't spend my taxes and rates on them.With a large sugar plantations around, perhaps encouraging alternative fuels and ethanol production? You've also got a substantial river at our door. Ever though about generating electricity from the tidal flows?The point is you need to use what you've got in ways that attract industry or research. With that comes jobs and income and a growing population. Industrial research is the next big thing. Perhaps encourage the CSIRO to set up shop?
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    • zee zee over 7 years ago
      I don't understand how we use to have more hours in supermarkets. Then when we got more supermarkets they all reduced their hours to be exactly the same. None open before 7am anymore. you would think that one would choose to make a point of difference and open - we have 3 Coles supermarkets in Grafton dominating the market but not the service. We also have lots of new chemists but they all close early.
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  • Beams over 7 years ago
    Yamba is a small town and tourism is an important element that can provide customers for the shops, the eating places the market and the camping sites and motels. These in turn provide employment for the area.We cannot attract holiday makers to our beaches when the beaches are in such disarray. We need to have safe and comfortable access to the beaches, and attractive parks around them.
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  • Executive Support over 7 years ago
    Comment contributed by hard copy.Better signage indicating CBD's. Rates holiday to attract industry.
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  • zee zee over 7 years ago
    With the new bypass of the highway away from Grafton we need some strong marketing driven signs on the road to encourage people to "swing off the highway and kick back in the Clarence". Current signage does not ask people to come in over the bridge. We will find a large drop in visitor numbers once this happens and this needs to be planned for. Money spent in high wage businesses like food outlets and services guarantees around 30% + of of every dollar spent is kept in the community as wages, if products are produced locally that could potentially be another 30%. Council should be maximising these opportunities to encourage visitors to feel welcome to experience our lifestyle and help inject outside income into our economy. Most businesses try to edge out a 5-10% if they are lucky yet they generate so much more in benefits to a community if they are supported.
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  • Wanderer over 7 years ago
    #1. Provide practical assistance to small start-up businesses. a. Help find suitable business accommodation. b. Provide subsidised rent for the first 2 years (but all services - phone, electric, rates etc to be paid in full). c. Provide discounted advertising in the local papers and radio for first 2 years. d. Use any vacant Council owned buildings (esp those in and near the CBD or in industrial estates) to provide initial accommodation for a group of start-ups (max 2 years) - till they get established.#2. Turn the main shopping section of the main streets of each town/ village into a pedestrian mall. Encourage cafes and eateries with outdoor dining to take advantage of great weather here. Have weekend busking and outdoor entertainment. Host weekly farmers' markets down the middle (not off to the side of the park where they are never seen and get no passing trade). Make it a meeting, eating and socialising place too - and shop trade will naturally increase.
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  • Executive Support about 7 years ago
    Comment contributed by hard copy. Allow and provide greater riverbank access and become a truly R.V friendly locale not just promote existing caravan parks.
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  • Executive Support about 7 years ago
    Comment contributed by hard copy:A - Utilise the river (recreation/tourism/industries) - seeing it is the largest river on the east coast.B - Encourage facilities for the elderly (Healthcare/Nursing Homes/Retirement Villages/Professionals and hospitals)C - Encourage more better educational facilities for all ages.
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  • Executive Support about 7 years ago
    Comment contributed by hard copy. Enhance developer opportunities/Industry growth. Create esplanade along river at Maclean.
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  • Anon about 7 years ago
    Comment contributed by hard copy.Encourage diversity in food production, it is not all about beef, sugar, timber and fishing. We are experimenting with fruit tree varieties that suit our soil type and climate.The Clarence could and should be a food bowl which encourages tourism, there are so many people passionate about food and food production which flows through the whole community.
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  • Anon about 7 years ago
    Comment contributed by hard copyWe need tourists who appreciate the environment. Audio visual presentations where people are holidaying in Europe. People on holiday browse, and have the time to look. The web is not the way to go.
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  • Anon about 7 years ago
    Comment contributed by hard copyBring in some free camping sites for the grey nomads.
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  • Anon about 7 years ago
    Comment contributed by hard copy. • Community members with bush regeneration skills to help indigenous communities look after their land.• Continue to encourage the support of local growers and businesses.• Continue to oppose the coal seam gas ‘industry’ • Highlight in business and play the value and beauty of our environment and the need to enhance and preserve it – support local artists who depict and portray our valley (exhibitions in council buildings)
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  • Anon about 7 years ago
    Comment contributed by hard copy:Open up Yuraghir National Park so people can actually get in again. Aged and disabled need a well maintained road to get to Shelley Beach and beyond as it was in the past.
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  • Anon about 7 years ago
    Comment contributed by hard copy.* The Maclean Library should be open the full 5 and half days/week.* Strongly encourage the businesses in River Street Maclean CBD to smarten-up their daggy facades (e.g L.J Hooker is very nice).
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  • Anon about 7 years ago
    Comment contributed by hard copy. Develop a group of experienced persons competent and interested in engaging with and assiting industries and commerce to come to the valley.
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  • Anon about 7 years ago
    Comment contributed by hard copy. Set up a group of competent and active persons to engage with and assist commerce and industry to come to the valley. Must have access direct to Councillors.
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  • Anon about 7 years ago
    Comment contributed by hard copy. Shop locally, Maclean needs a competitive super-market and facilities to bring tourists.
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  • Anon about 7 years ago
    Comment contributed by hard copy. Give people more reasons to turn off the highway!
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