Clarence Valley cracks million visitors mark

The number of visitors to the Clarence Valley has topped the one million mark for the first time. The Clarence Valley Council’s quarterly tourism monitor shows that in the 12 months to December 2016, about 1,081,000 visited the region. The figures also show the number of international visitors is increasing, with a 29.6 per cent increase recorded during the period. The council’s economic development coordinator, Elizabeth Fairweather, said international visitors were generally high ...

Outbreak prompts vaccine plea

North Coast parents are being urged to immunise their children against preventable diseases after a spike in cases of the potentially deadly whooping cough disease. Acting Director of Public Health, Greg Bell, said there had been 37 whooping cough notifications in the last week, more than double that of the previous week. “Anyone can contract whooping cough, it spreads easily by sneezing and coughing, and can be a life threatening infection for infants,” Mr Bell said. Public health units ...

Highway contracts create local jobs

Federal Member for Page Kevin Hogan has announced nine local quarries have been awarded contracts to supply road building material for the Woolgoolga to Ballina section of the Pacific Highway Upgrade. "This means more jobs for our community," Mr Hogan said. "The nine north coast quarries awarded contracts on this section are a combination of large and small operators, which means support for a range of jobs across the region and more dollars into the cash registers of local businesses. "More ...

Business flourishing in the Clarence

Economic figures show business is flourishing in the Clarence, according to Clarence Valley Council. The Clarence Valley economy grew by 5.9 per cent in 2015/16, or close to 2.5 per cent more than the average for New South Wales of 3.5 per cent, according to figures provided to council. The figures, included in the latest Clarence Valley Economic Monitor, also showed the regional labour market remained strong, with the lowest unemployment rate in more than five years of 5.7 per cent, which is ...

Preschool access secured: Hogan

All local children will continue to be able to access 15 hours of preschool a week under a new agreement for early childhood education, according to Page MP Kevin Hogan. Mr Hogan said more than 2225 children in our community were set to reap the benefits of an additional $2.7 million funding announced by the government for preschool education. “We know that a quality preschool education is essential for laying the foundations for successful learning, including transition to full-time school ...