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HERE WE’RE TALKING ABOUT THE COMMUNITIES OF ILUKA, YAMBA, ANGOURIE, WOOLOWEYAH, BROOMS HEAD, WOOLI AND MINNIE WATER. THESE VILLAGES, HAMLETS AND TOWNS ARE SET ALONG A COASTLINE – THERE’S AROUND 80 KILOMETRES OF IT – MOSTLY PROTECTED BY NATIONAL PARKS INCLUDING A WORLD HERITAGE LISTED RAINFOREST RIGHT ON THE BEACH AT ILUKA.

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population 7,000 (combined population of Yamba, Angourie and Wooloweyah)

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Median house price for Iluka is $780,000 and the median unit price is $340,000

Median house price for Wooli is $400,000

2,800 (including Iluka and Woombah)

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UP-RIVER AND A LITTLE AWAY FROM THE BEACHES, ARE THE COMMUNITIES OF MACLEAN, ULMARRA, LAWRENCE AND BRUSHGROVE; THESE ARE ABOUT THE PEACE AND FRIENDLINESS OF VILLAGE LIFE – PEOPLE WILL KNOW YOUR NAME [IMAGINE THAT] GET YOU INVOLVED IN SCHOOL FETES, AND BEFORE YOU KNOW IT YOU’RE RUNNING THE LOCAL SPORTS CLUB.


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The first thing you’ll notice is that you get a lot of house and land for your money. So if affordability is important this is a great place to start your property search. The next thing they have in common is the Clarence River – there all right next to it. Think light breezes, and big views of an even bigger river meandering past your door down to the sea at Yamba.

distance

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4,100 (including Maclean, Townsend and Gulmarrad)

High school and primary schools

Yamba to

Maclean

17km

Maclean is the service centre to the hinterland townships and the surrounding rural communities. But it’s only 17km from the beach. Maclean is also the location of the local hospital.

Median house price for Maclean is $267,500 and the median unit price is $200,000

Yamba to

Ulmarra

46km

You don’t get much more historic than this – the entire village is heritage listed. So if its character you’re after look no further. And it comes complete with a hotel, loads of antiques stores to wade through and a school.

Median house price for Ulmarra is $200,000

Yamba to

Lawrence

31km

Lawrence and Brushgrove are picture perfect postcard material. There are cosy cottages, small rural acreages with room for a pony (or several) and a veggie patch or a full-scale working farm.

Median house price for Lawrence is $220,000

Yamba to

Brushgrove

39km

Median house price for Brushgrove is $220,00

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distance Yamba to

Grafton

60km

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Grafton is the main service centre for the Clarence Valley. It’s broad avenues, colonial architecture, parks and gardens (24 of them with over 6500 trees), famous jacarandas and location – right on the river set the scene for city living, country style.

Median house price is $216,000 and the median unit price is $268,000

16,000 (including Grafton and surrounding rural communities

High schools, primary schools


The next bit of good news is that it’s expanding; there are several land developments planned and underway that will present the market with new living options in urban areas of the city, on large blocks (just 5 minutes away) and in semi rural parcels (about 10 minutes out of town, but close enough for you to ride your bike to work). You can afford land, a house and raise your kids’ free range in grafton.

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GRAFTON, THE “JACARANDA CITY”, IS THE MAJOR SERVICE CENTRE FOR THE CLARENCE VALLEY. IT’S BEEN A CITY SINCE 1855 – THAT SOUNDS ANCIENT. WHEN YOU GET HERE YOU’LL FIND A VIBRANT REGIONAL CENTRE WITH ALL THE BENEFITS, SERVICES, COMMUNITY INFRASTRUCTURE AND THINGS TO DO WITH NONE OF THE HASSLES. AND IT’S JUST A SHORT HOP TO THE COAST ONLY 60 KILOMETERS AND YOU’RE AT THE BEACH – TAKE A GOOD LONG LOOK AT THE AFFORDABILITY, MAKES IT ALL VERY INTERESTING DON’T YOU THINK.


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[ real ] FOLKS IF ITS BIG SKIES, WIDE OPEN SPACES AND NOTHING BUT QUIET YOU’RE SEARCHING FOR THESE ARE THE LOCATIONS OF YOUR DREAMS. START THINKING COMMUNITIES LIKE GLENREAGH, COPMANHURST, COUTTS CROSSING NYMBOIDA AND JACKADGERY JUST TO NAME A FEW. THIS IS WHERE THE PACE OF LIFE SLOWS A LITTLE MORE, AND YOU CAN REALLY FEEL THE DIFFERENCE.

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Glenreagh

103km

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All you need to know about Glenreagh is that its character filled, comes with a general store, pub and is the home base of the Glenreagh mountain railway.

Median house price for Glenreagh is $258,000 and the median unit price is $175,000.

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Concerned about your scone baking credential – well don’t be, the ladies of the cwa will get you going in the right direction and you’ll fit right in. Cooking skills aside, it’s the smiles and the sense of community that makes these places so special. And you’re still really close to metro areas; maybe you have friends there and want to stay in contact. With highway upgrades you can be in brisbane in a tick over three hours and hop a flight to sydney and be in the thick of it when you need to be. But we’re betting you’ll miss the sound of those crickets chirping though.


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TAKE THE STRESS OUT OF YOUR PROPERTY SEARCH BY CONTACTING THE EXPERIENCED TEAM OF REAL ESTATE AGENTS IN YOUR PREFERRED CLARENCE VALLEY LOCALITY. HERE’S THE LIST..... Angourie Real Estate 11 Pacific Street, ANGOURIE NSW 2464 p: 02 6646 2893 e: colcab@ceinternet.net.au w: www.angourierealestate.com.au Bailey & Gough Real Estate PO Box 117, GRAFTON NSW 2460 p: 02 6642 2722 e: mail@baileygough.com.au w: www.graftonrealestate.com.au Big River Realty 160 North Street, GRAFTON NSW 2460 p: 02 6642 8807 e: bigriverr@gmail.com Elders Real Estate - Grafton 23 Prince Street, GRAFTON NSW 2460 p: 02 6643 2455 e: andrew.brien@elders.com.au w: www.eldersre.com.au Elders Real Estate - Maclean 6 River Street, MACLEAN NSW 2463 p: 02 6645 2999 e: eldersmaclean@northnet.com.au w: www.elders.com.au/maclean

Elders Real Estate - Yamba 19 Coldstream Street, YAMBA NSW 2464 p: 02 6646 2321 e: sales@eldersyamba.com.au w: www.eldersyamba.com.au Farrell McCrohon Stock & Station Agents 85 Fitzroy Street, GRAFTON NSW 2460 p: 02 6642 5200 e: enquiries@farrellmccrohon.com.au w: : www.farrellmccrohon.com.au Home Buyers Advantage PO Box 643, YAMBA 2464 p: 0432 614 725 e: dave@homebuyersadvantage.com.au w: http://www.homebuyersadvantage.com.au/ Iluka Professionals 63 Charles Street, ILUKA NSW 2466 p: 02 6646 6177 e: info@iluka.com.au w: www.ilukarealestate.com.au Iluka Woombah Real Estate 10/42 Charles Street, ILUKA NSW 2466 p: 02 6646 6323 e: iluka-w@bigpond.net.au w: www.ilukare.com Kim Dahl Real Estate 83 Fitzroy Street, GRAFTON NSW 2460 p: 02 6642 3666 e: realestate@kimdahl.com.au w: www.kimdahl.com.au LJ Hooker Grafton 14 Prince Street, GRAFTON NSW 2460 p: 02 6641 4000 e: grafton@ljh.com.au w: www.ljhooker.com.au/grafton LJ Hooker - Iluka 3 Owen Street, ILUKA NSW 2466 p: 02 6646 6321 e: iluka@ljh.com.au w: www.ljhooker.com.au/iluka LJ Hooker - Maclean 229 River Street, MACLEAN NSW 2463 p: 02 6645 2222 e: maclean@ljh.com.au w: www.ljhooker.com.au/maclean


LJ Hooker - Yamba 18 Coldstream Street, YAMBA NSW 2464 p: 02 6646 2202 e: yamba@ljh.com.au w: www.ljhooker.com.au/yamba

Raine & Horne Yamba Shop 34 Treelands Drive, YAMBA NSW 2464 p: 02 6646 2474 e: yamba@raineandhorne.com.au w: www.rhyamba.com.au

Maclean Valley 2 Coast Real Estate Unit 2/32 River Street, MACLEAN NSW 2463 p: 02 6645 5820 e: admin@macleanvalley2coastrealestate.com.au

Ray Donovan Stock & Station Agent 50 Armidale Street, SOUTH GRAFTON NSW 2460 p: 02 6643 4411 e: reception@raydonovan.com.au w: www.raydonovan.com.au

McKimm Real Estate 98 Fitzroy Street, GRAFTON NSW 2460 p: 02 6642 1811 e: sales@mckimms.com.au w: www.mckimms.com.au

Ray White Real Estate Grafton 25 Prince Street, GRAFTON NSW 2460 p: 02 6642 3844 e: grafton.nsw@raywhite.com w: www.raywhitegrafton.com.au

Mike MacQueen First National 19-21 Coldstream Street, YAMBA NSW 2464 p: 02 6646 2299 e: info@macqueenfn.com.au w: www.macqueenfn.com.au

Ray White Real Estate Yamba 84 Yamba Road, YAMBA NSW 2464 p: 02 6645 8000 e: yamba.nsw@raywhite.com w: www.raywhiteyamba.com

PRD Nationwide Iluka 61 Charles Street, ILUKA NSW 2466 p: 02 6646 5522 e: prdiluka@bigpond.com w: www.prdiluka.com.au

Regional Real Estate and Motel Brokers 27 Fitzroy Street, GRAFTON NSW 2460 p: 02 6643 1586

PRD Nationwide Yamba Shop 2/5 Yamba Street, YAMBA NSW 2464 p: 02 6646 2400 e: natwide@nationwide-yamba.com.au w: www.prdyamba.com.au Professionals - Clarence Coast Real Estate Maclean 207 River Street, MACLEAN NSW 2463 p: 02 6645 5000 e: sales@macleanrealestate.com.au w: www.macleanrealestate.com.au

Remax First Class Real Estate 83A Prince Street, GRAFTON NSW 2460 p: 02 6642 6800 e: firstclassnsw@remax.com.au w: www.remax.com.au/grafton YCoast Real Estate 375 North Street, WOOLI NSW 2462 p: 02 6649 7000 e: mail@yfn.com.au w: www.ycoast.com.au YPS Real Estate 13 Treelands Drive, YAMBA NSW 2464 p: 02 6646 3971 e: admin@ypsrealestate.com w: www.ypsrealestate.com.au

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Maclean Local Real Estate 18 River Street, MACLEAN NSW 2463 p: 02 6645 3433 e: sales@clarencevalley.com.au w: www.clarencevalley.com.au

Professionals - Clarence Coast Real Estate Yamba 28 Yamba Street, YAMBA NSW 2464 p: 02 6646 3500 e: sales@yamba.com.au w: www.yamba.com.au


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YOU WON’T NEED A GPS; OR A CHOPPER TO FIND US – BUT IF YOU HAVE ONE, BRING IT ALONG BECAUSE THERE’S A STACK OF ROOM TO PARK IT. YOU’LL FIND US ABOUT 600 KILOMETRES NORTH OF SYDNEY AND JUST 300 KILOMETRES SOUTH OF BRISBANE ... CLOSE ENOUGH TO DO BUSINESS AND ENJOY THE SERVICES... AND JUST FAR ENOUGH FROM THE HUSTLE AND BUSTLE...

by road

Grafton is the hub of a major road transport network where the Pacific Highway meets the Gwydir Highway (going west) and the Summerland Way (going north). Recent and on-going upgrades to the Pacific Highway have made road access to Brisbane and Sydney (and everything in between) a breeze. The Gwydir Highway provides access to Glen Innes and the New England area and the Summerland Way is an easy, hinterland alternative to Brisbane in the north and south to Coffs Harbour.

by rail

Grafton is a major stop on the Sydney to Brisbane passenger and freight rail link network. Countrylink provides daily XPT passenger services between Sydney and Brisbane.

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by local bus

If you want to leave the car at home and take the local bus service you can. And finding the bus schedule, or any local transport information is as easy is logging onto the web and visiting northern rivers going places www.goingplaces.org.au Use this site to source information on local transport services, including car pooling, ferries, buses, taxies and more.

Regional Express (Rex), Australia’s largest independent airline, operates a total of 40 flights each week on a combined route to both Grafton and Taree from Sydney. The Clarence Valley Regional Airport, just south of Grafton, has been upgraded to provide optimum service to increasing numbers of business and holiday travellers. For more information on the Clarence Valley Regional Airport and REX services visit www.clarence.nsw.gov.au or www.rex. com.au

distance by road to Clarence Valley Regional Airport from...

Iluka

81km

Yamba 65km Maclean 51km Glenreagh 48km Lawrence 42km Brushgrove 30km Ulmarra 21km Grafton 14km South Grafton

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Australia’s eastern most sea port, the Port of Yamba, serves the whole Northern Rivers region, from Coffs Harbour to the Tweed and provides sea freight links to the islands of the South Pacific. And it didn’t take long for news to spread that Australia’s sailing latest hero [Jessica Watson] slipped into Yamba recently. That’s right you can get here on your boat and moor it without having to take out another mortgage to pay the fees.

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WATER, WELL ITS EVERYWHERE YOU’LL SEE THE LOCALS HERE TAKING TO THE WATER TO SWIM SKI, SURF, SAIL OR SCUBA DIVE. THEY BUZZ ABOUT ON EVERYTHING FROM DINGHIES AND SKI BOATS TO LUXURY CRUISERS, YACHTS AND HOUSEBOATS. THAT’S BECAUSE THEY CAN, THERE’S A LOT OF BLUE WATER AROUND AND IT’S HARD TO IGNORE [REALLY HARD].

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So you have a boat, that’s great. There are moorings and marinas available at Iluka, Yamba and South Grafton; a marina complex is planned for Maclean, and there are more than 30 boat launching points along the lower Clarence, no problems there. The broad, calm waters of the Clarence River are, naturally, a focal point for the region’s boaties. They provide magnificent cruising for yachts and a venue for high adrenaline aquatic just ‘do it’ type stuff. And you’ll meet other folks just like you with a keen boating interest. The River is just as popular with rowing teams and school training groups from near and far, with local clubs staging regular (and fiercely competitive) regattas. Check the Clarence River Tourism website for upcoming events www.clarencetourism.com.au Canoeing is the ‘it’ sport and popular on the shimmering waters of pristine Sandon River, Lake Wooloweyah and Lake Aragan; windsurfing is big at Iluka Bay, Whiting Beach, Wooli Lake and Lake Wooloweyah while the Nymboida River offers world-class white water rafting and kayaking [yeah you really do need to see the rapids in action]. Clarence surfers share some of the world’s finest breaks at Angourie and Brooms Head with top surfers from around the globe. In fact, Angourie’s status as a surf destination has now been officially recognised — and is declared the first Crown Surfing Reserve in New South Wales. During School holidays, lifesavers patrol beaches at Wooli and Minnie Water, Turners Beach, Main Beach and Pippi Beach in Yamba, Bluff Beach at Iluka and at Brooms Head Beach. On patrol since 1908 and one of the oldest in the world, the Yamba Surf Lifesaving Club provides Yamba’s surf patrols and many beach, surf based activities and carnivals from nippers to seniors. There are some great snorkelling spots among the rocky outcrops and headlands at Minnie Water, Brooms Head and at Lake Cakora. The Solitary Islands Marine Park protects the waters south from Sandon to Coffs Harbour and is one of Australia’s top diving locations.


finding your [ mojo ] angling for success All of that water also means al lot of fish! The rivers and estuaries of the Clarence are the breeding ground and nursery for many species and they support a major commercial fishery [the second largest in the State]. This abundance means that the recreational anglers of the Clarence are spoilt for choice. Hundreds of kilometres of inland and coastal waterways offer almost endless opportunities for recreational fishermen; from battling the mighty Clarence River Bass up river, to boat, bank or beach fishing along the coast for bream, flathead, tailor, whiting and prawns. 4WD vehicles are permitted on some Clarence beaches and there are access points at Iluka, Yamba, Red Cliff and Sandon. Council can get you sorted with a permit.

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in the swim Grafton’s Aquatic Centre is home to the Grafton Swim Academy and has a 50m pool, a diving pool with 1m and 3m spring boards and a diving tower. There are learn-to-swim classes and coaching for all levels. The Centre is a popular leisure facility and its waterslide, toddlers’ pool, barbeques, picnic areas, beach volleyball and handball courts attract families from throughout the region. The Grafton Lifestyle Centre, in South Grafton, is a fully equipped fitness centre with a 25m indoor pool, hydrotherapy pool, gymnasium, gymnastics area, fitness studio and aerobics area. Swimming lessons and squad coaching are available, and the Lifestyle Centre also offers fitness classes and gym workouts. At the southern end of Yamba’s beautiful Main Beach is an ocean pool in the traditional Australian style — a man-made rock pool that is washed by the ocean’s waves and tides. Definitely give this a try. The Maclean Olympic Pool features an 8-lane

competition pool, learners’ and toddlers’ pools and a waterslide. There are learn-to-swim classes and swim squad training. The 25-metre Yamba Community Pool is a heated, 6 lane pool with coaching for all ages. There is a 10m toddlers’ pool, barbecue facilities and a kiosk. Ulmarra has an 18m pool and babies’ pool, while Glenreagh has a 16m pool and toddler’s pool.

cycling for everyone Cycling is becoming one of the nation’s most popular sports and it’s huge in the Clarence. Now here’s a little bit of history for you - the Grafton Cycle Club held its first event in 1892, making it one of the oldest clubs in Australia. The great news is there’s a whole lot of cycleway to ride on in all the major towns, lots of open road for long Sunday rides to keep your fitness up, short hops for family fun, the Grafton Cycle Club for serious competitors, and Cycle Groups in Grafton, Yamba and Maclean to keep you moving. If you are really keen [and don’t mind an early start], sign up for one of the many daily rides by visiting www.graftoncycleclub.com.au

new indoor complexes Not one, but two new indoor sports complexes have been constructed in Yamba and Maclean to support the growing population in these coastal communities. The state of the art Raymond Laurie Sports Centre in Yamba is a regionally significant sports asset. With infrastructure designed to support everything from dance and drumming to basketball and badminton. In Maclean the Sport Centre offers 3 full size squash courts, indoor cricket pitches, basketball, netball and futsal spaces.

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Don’t panic, all codes of football are represented – as well as netball, basketball, bowls, bowling, badminton, bmx, skateboarding, tennis, athletics, equestrian, cricket, squash, gymnastics, yoga and many, many more.


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There are more than 30 bowling greens, 11 golf courses, over 60 tennis courts, 37 cricket pitches and almost 80 children’s playgrounds. Grafton’s Regional Sports and Entertainment Facility is the home of the Grafton Vikings Basketball team. It has 4 indoor courts with grandstand seating and also has facilities for netball, futsal, volleyball, archery, lifeball and badminton. Grafton’s hockey fields (opened in 2005 and named after local Olympic champion Brett Livermore) have been developed to international competition standards and host competitions and championships for all age groups and skill levels. The Angourie Road Sporting Complex [near Yamba] plays host to a heap of sporting codes including netball, soccer, rugby league, touch football, tennis, swimming, cricket and athletics. Ellam Oval in Grafton is widely acclaimed as one of the finest cricket wickets in the Northern Rivers region and the city’s 18hole championship golf course is one of the most picturesque and environmentally friendly on the coast. There are also courses in Yamba, Maclean, Iluka, Coutts Crossing and Lawrence of a calibre to challenge your golfing skill for sure. Cycling is another sport with a rich and proud history in the Clarence. The local club stages summer and winter competitions, and the flagship event, the Grafton to Inverell Cycle Classic is hailed as the toughest single-stage cycling event in the world. If you like your action with a little more pace [if that’s possible], the Valley’s motorsport enthusiasts turn out for regular speedway, hill climb and motocross events. OK.... we think you’ve got the picture – there’s a lot of sports infrastructure, sport networks, sport groups and sports opportunities to really get you into the Clarence way of living. There’ll be time to do things, and time to do nothing, but we’ll leave finding that balance up to you.


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Clarence schools and campuses are a proud reflection of our regiona l community and its values [really], they als o enjoy our muchcelebrated environme ntal bright, spacious and he advantages too– althy. These things do make a big difference to personal growth an d development of our yo ung people. Plus when teachers ar e competing to secure positions in your scho ols you know that you’r e onto some good. Oppo rtunities to work in our schools and teach in the Northern Rivers are keenly contested and, as a consequenc e, teaching standards ar e high. Visit the myschool we bsite and see how Clarence schools meas ur benchmark www.mysc e up to your hool.com.au

schools

More than just academ ic institutions, the schools or training of the Clarence are also vital and activ e members of the community. They are often the social and cultural hub of their tow ns and villages and they foster values, tra ditions and relationships that will last for a lifetim e. Think back to a time wh en kids ran around the school yard, care free, safe and happy; when the school fete was the event of the year, the local hall was full to ov er flowing on speech night – well those days are not gone, you can find them here.

preschools

Yes we understand co mpletely you need to find a preschool for your little ones that is close by, well you ha ve These are located in all a choice of 25. the major towns and population centres. Th ere’ll be a preschool solution for your family - relax.

primary schools

Clarence kids go to sc hool in inspiring environments – ideal sp aces for learning. There are 23 public an d 6 private primary schools in the Clarence Va from tiny village schools lley. They range with 10 students to modern institutions wi th hundreds of kids. Secular and religious schools and progress ive curriculums recognise an needs of individual stu d respond to the dents.

Clarence Primary Scho ols include: • Baryulgil Public Scho ol • Chatsworth Island • Copmanhurst Public School • Coutts Crossing Publi c School • Cowper Public Scho ol • Gillwinga Public Scho ol • Glenreagh Public Sc hool • Grafton Public Scho ol


WE WANT YOU AND YOUR KIDS TO THRIV E HERE. GETTING YOUR FAM IL Y IN TO T H E EDUCATION NETWO HUGELY IMPORTAN T. W E K N O W T H IS BECAUSE WE HARK IS FAMILIES TOO. SO, VE STOP WORRYING – IT’S EASY. FIRST UP THERE’S C AND RELIGIOUS, PR HOICE – GOVERNMENT, INDEPENDE TAFE OR TERTIARY, E-SCHOOL, PRIMARY, SECONDARY, NT – NO COMPROMISE RURAL, URBAN OR CITY LOCATIONS STANDARD, YOU DES ON CURRICULUM OR ACADEMIC CIDE WHAT YOU NE ED.

• Gulmarrad Public Sc hool • Harwood Island Publi c School • Iluka Public School • Lawrence Public Sc hool • Maclean Public Scho ol • Nymboida Public Sc hool • Palmers Island Publi c School • South Grafton Public School • Tuciaba Public Scho ol • Ulmarra Public Scho ol • Westlawn Public Scho ol • Woodford Dale Publi c School • Wooli Public School • Yamba Public School and

Kids up grow fast don’t they – and you’ll notic e that their surroundings , security, experiences and social influences become increasingly important to their deve lop supportive and nurturin ment. A close, g will help your young on school environment es to become strong, confident and happy young adults. The high schools of the Cl aren students all of these qu ce Valley offer ali with a diverse range of ties – combined study options and life experiences that can be difficult to find – ev en in metropolitan centres . Clarence High Schools include: • Maclean High Scho ol • McAuley Catholic Co llege • Grafton High School • South Grafton High School • St Andrews School • Clarence Valley Angli can School

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• The Anglican School • St Andrews School (G rafton) • Pacific Valley Christia n School (Maclean) • St Marys Catholic Sc hool • St James Primary Sc hool • St Josephs (South Gr afton) • St Josephs (Maclea n)

secondary schools


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THE NSW DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION AND COMMUNITIES, THE NORTH COAST INSTITUTE OF TAFE, CLARENCE VALLEY HIGH SCHOOLS AND CLARENCE VALLEY COUNCIL HAVE COLLABORATED ON A PROJECT THAT IS ENHANCING THE CAREER PROSPECTS OF CLARENCE VALLEY YOUTH.

“CareerLink” provides students with the opportunity to complete their HSC and, at the same time, develop industry skills, secure vocational qualifications and undertake paid employment [whilst remaining at school]. Students taking part in the scheme gain ‘real-world’ experience that offers a career kick start. Participating employers have direct input into the education and training of future staff and benefit by being able to recruit workers from a more experienced and confident generation of school leavers. Plans to expand the program across a range of Clarence industries and employer groups are well advanced.

north coast TAFE

North Coast TAFE operates three campuses in the Clarence Valley – Grafton, Maclean and Trenayr. Visit www.northcoast.tafensw.edu.au and download a copy of course options (there’s more than a hundred). To get you thinking, Grafton campus offers nationally recognised qualifications in music and music production, information technology, business administration, electrical engineering, financial services, real estate, tourism and hospitality, aged care, children’s and community services, education, nursing and more. There are also short courses and TAFE can deliver remarkably flexible study options. The Maclean campus shares the same locational footprint as Maclean High School, making school to study transitions so much easier. Trenayr TAFE campus, just north of Grafton, incorporates NATFISH, The National Fishing Industry Education Centre and the Horse Industry Study Centre. This is a specialist centre for aquaculture and environmental studies and provides distance programs to students across Australia in conservation and land management, aquaculture and horse management.


community colleges

university

Southern Cross University (SCU) is the Northern Rivers’ own university, with campuses at Lismore, Coffs Harbour and Tweed Gold Coast – so just up the road then from Clarence Valley. SCU’s student population numbers more than 15,000 with around half that number studying off-campus by distance education. This University has a reputation for pioneering programs in tourism and hospitality, environmental and sports sciences, naturopathy and music – in many cases these have become the industry standards. SCU’s degrees in nursing, human resources, law and business achieve high levels of graduate satisfaction and professional recognition. Small class numbers mean that lecturers can give students the time and attention they need while the ideally located, very green and spectacular campuses give Northern Rivers’ students the choice of studying close to home – with no big move to the city required! Got to love that mum and dad.

Popular among the more experienced enquiring minds is the University of the Third Age (U3A). U3A opens up an exciting world of ‘life-long learning’ for folks over fifty. You don’t need any qualifications and there are no exams – just an opportunity to learn and grow. U3A programs operate out of centres across the Valley and cover a vast range of topics – including art, archaeology, computing, creative writing, history, photography, bush walking, mental health and more.

For more information visit: North Coast TAFE www.nci.tafensw.edu.au

Grafton Community College www.graftoncommunitycollege.org.au Lower Clarence Community College www.lcace.org.au U3A www.cru3a.org.au Southern Cross University www.scu.edu.au NSW Department of Education and Communities www.schools.nsw.edu.au Catholic Education Office www.lism.catholic.edu.au Anglican School www.cvas.nsw.edu.au

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These non-profit community organisations provide adult education and training courses that are flexible, affordable and stimulating. There are also practical and trade related course options that can advance your job prospects and a range of recreational and personal development programs. The colleges are based in Yamba and Grafton with classes delivered in different locations across the Clarence.

u3a


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[ comes first ] THIS IS A BIG ONE – WE WANT YOU TO REALLY READ THIS AND SEE JUST HOW MUCH HEATH CARE YOU HAVE ON HAND. THE TAKE HOME MESSAGE IS THAT WHILST OUR POPULATION IS GROWING THE CLARENCE IS WELL PLACED TO DELIVER QUALITY HEALTH CARE AND COMMUNITY SERVICES TO ITS RESIDENTS – NOW, AND INTO THE FUTURE. JUST TAKE A LOOK...


hospitals and doctors

Hospitals at Grafton and Maclean provide accident and emergency facilities and a range of specialist services including oncology, haematology, gynaecology and pathology. The Grafton Base Hospital has been caring for the people of the Clarence for over 130 years and hospital staff are proud of their long history, high standards and commitment to their community. The hospital is currently being expanded with a $20 million investment by government. The new surgical unit is manned by highly experienced general surgeons with support from many local and visiting metropolitan specialists. Many procedures are performed as day surgery and, compared to metropolitan hospitals; waiting times for elective surgery in the Clarence are short.

physio and sports injuries

Helping to keep Clarence residents out, about and active is a range of specialist physiotherapy and sports injury service providers and practitioners.

community health

Clarence residents also benefit from community health initiatives. The Grafton Community Health Centre, for example, provides treatment, counselling and health education services throughout the community. The Bulgarr Ngaru Aboriginal Medical Service provides general practice and treatment services, health screening, education and outreach clinics to the Aboriginal community.

aged care

Aging in place, while maintaining independence and connection to the community is your goal and ours. But when you need support and care you have options. There are five major residential ‘lifestyle’ and retirement villages - including resort style complexes that offer independence, security and peace of mind; and eight high-quality hostels and nursing homes for those who require a greater level of care. All your bases are covered.

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Clarence Valley hospital services include: • Aboriginal health • aged care assessment • asthma education • blood bank • cardiac rehabilitation • chest clinic • counselling • cancer care clinic • children’s and adolescents unit • coronary care • dialysis • dietetics • high dependency unit • immunisation clinics • maternity and women’s care services • neonatal special care unit • occupational therapy • palliative care • pathology • paediatric • podiatry • physiotherapy • renal services • speech therapy • surgical services • women’s health • xray & ultrasound

General practitioners and specialists can be found across the region in single practice and multi-practitioner Medical Centres, including the new Grafton GP Super Clinic.


[ comes first ] support groups

community services

One of the big advantages of regional living is

Clarence Valley Council (CVC) receives Common-

the support offered by a close-knit and caring

wealth and State funding to deliver a huge bundle of

community. In times of need – for individuals, families

community services to the Far North Coast region.

or entire communities – neighbours here rally to lend

These include:

support and lighten the load. You’ll never feel alone.

• Clarence Valley Community Options

Plus the community has a strong network of

• Maclean Lower Clarence Meals On Wheels

organised groups for people suffering from illness or disability, for new mums or for those who just need a helping hand. The best way to find out about these groups is the local community newspaper – it gets delivered free to your door each week.

• Your Choice - Flexible Respite Solution • Disability Support Services • Regional Integrated Support Service • Children’s Services • Dementia Rehabilitation At Home • Extended Aged Care At Home

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• Social Support

CLOSE TO .... EVERYTHING!

WHEN THINGS ARE TOUGH GOING AND ITS NECESSARY TO ACCESS MEDICAL TREATMENT OR SERVICES THAT ARE BEYOND THE SCOPE OF REGIONAL FACILITIES, IT’S JUST A SHORT HOP TO THE MAJOR HOSPITALS AT LISMORE, COFFS HARBOUR, THE GOLD COAST AND BRISBANE. NO STRESS, IT’S NOT FAR AND THERE’S ALWAYS COMMUNITY TRANSPORT TO ASSIST YOU GET THERE.


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What type of assistance is available? Well, it varies and is matched to your needs, so you don’t need to worry but here are a couple of things you might be thinking about. • personal care • meals • housekeeping • social outings • transport • home nursing

natural therapies & alternative medicines Do we have them – of course! The community is a hotpot of ideas and opinions, philosophies and beliefs, disciplines and practices. Throughout the Clarence there are practitioners in healing and therapeutic arts from all corners of the ancient and modern worlds. There are alternative and orthodox therapies that use ancient wisdom and

• respite care

modern techniques to heal both body and soul.

• equipment (walking frames, personal alarms etc)

Some of the ever-changing range of therapies

• out of hours school care • information and referral • coordination of services The CVC Community Support Service team also coordinate a range of children’s services – including before and after school care; along with an extensive range of support for people of all ages who have disabilities.

include:

• naturopathy • iridology • reflexology • aromatherapy • massage • reiki • acupuncture • bowen techniques


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[ to do ]


retail therapy

sport [or just having

fun]

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being outdoors

places for friends to

visit

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shhhh can you hear it

[ to do ] weekend markets

More than a traditional market, these places have a vibe all of their own; and not surprisingly the creativity of the Clarence finds its ultimate expression in the Valley’s popular weekend markets. For many residents of our towns and villages, a regular visit to the local market’s is a must do. It‘s where we connect as a community, where we buy fresh fruit and vegies [and talk to the farmers who grow our food], trawl through unique arts and crafts, bag a bargain for the next garden project and it always pays to look through the clothing stalls both vintage and new.

By ‘it’ we mean the sound of the early evening stillness, children laughing out loud, the lawn bowlers packing up for the day, the waves pounding on the rocks, the lid on the biscuit tin, the fishermen mending their nets, the surfers deciding what time in the morning for the best waves, the dairy herd rustling ..... you get the picture. These are the sounds of regional Australia – maybe they’re the sounds of your childhood – there still here and you can reconnect.

somewhere good to eat

Now we’re going places, you can have a table overlooking the ocean, a picnic on the river’s edge, or a fun food adventure at a village pub [sometimes you can buy your veggies with your beer]. The thing is food is a big part of the northern rivers, in fact as a region more

farmers market thursday mornings

Grafton Farmers & Growers Markets Market Square, Cnr Prince & Pound Streets, Grafton Market being held at Cnr Duke & Pound Streets, Grafton on bitumen.

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monthly markets 1st Saturday 1st Sunday 2nd Saturday 2nd Sunday 3rd Saturday 3rd Sunday

Glenreagh Markets 62 Coramba St School of Arts Building From 8.00am - 1.00pm Iluka Market Cnr Owen & Spenser Streets, Iluka Maclean Community Market Centenary Drive Car Park, Maclean Tucabia Markets Squatters Rest Private Museum, 23 Collette St, Tucabia Grafton Showground Markets Cnr Prince & Dobie Streets, Grafton Ashby Community Market Ashby Community Centre, Lismore Street, Ashby

4th Saturday 4th Sunday 1st Sunday of each season

G.D.S.C Markets Corner Fry Street & Mary Streets, Grafton Yamba River Market Ford Park, River Street, Yamba (March, June, September, December) Halfway Creek Local Market Halfway Creek hall, Kungala Rd (just off the Pacific Hwy), Halfway Creek

event markets

Jacaranda Thursday Sunday 21 June 1st Sat November

Jacaranda Thursday Market Winter Solstice Market Grafton Regional Gallery, 158 Fitzroy Street, Grafton Grafton TAFE Market Cnr Fitzroy & Clarence Street, Grafton


being part of something good

This is the big one. Living in the Clarence is really all about the simple things in life, and showing our kids what that means. We don’t need a crisis to bring this community together they’ll be on hand for you all the time. Now, you can join one of hundreds of groups, have a chat over the back fence to your neighbour [yes we do that here], share your surplus tangelos with the family down the street [because they keep you in free range eggs] – you see what we mean. Anyway you look at it you’re going to get the feeling that you belong to this special place – and that’s because you do.

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14,000 of us work in the food industry [that’s a lot]. And by the way we produce about $2.4 billion worth of product and value added food goods, of which over a $1 billion are exported. By our count there are more than 180 places you can eat out in the Clarence – everything from the Harwood Hilton [think rustic], The Brooms Head Snakky, South Grafton’s Naked Bean, Yamba’s Pacific Hotel to Georgies at the Gallery in Grafton. Now if you can’t find your favourite foods here – ring us because we want to meet you.


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[ we’ve got ]

TAKE A LOOK AT ANY MAP, AND YOU’LL SOON SEE THAT THE CLARENCE COVERS A LOT OF TERRITORY; STRETCHING FROM HERNANI IN THE SOUTH TO BARYULGIL IN THE NORTH, IT’S OVER 10,440KM2 OF WILD BACK COUNTRY, RIVER PLAINS, RURAL LANDS AND AMAZING BEACHES THAT JUST KEEP ON GOING. OH YEAH AND WE SHOULD MENTION THAT THERE’S 44 TOWNS AND VILLAGES THAT MAKE UP OUR PATCH.


thirty seven This means we’ve got heaps of different ways to live –you’ll find your style here for sure. Worried about the weather? Then stop right there. The warm, subtropical climate is near perfect. In fact, according to the CSIRO and Stanford University, Yamba has the world’s best climate, now come on that’s hard to beat. The traditional owners of the land, the Bundjalung, Gumbaingirr and Yaegl people, were joined by European settlers in around 1830 when the first timber cutters arrived in search of cedar in the Clarence. In the years that followed, the Valley became home to sugarcane and dairy farmers, fishermen and miners, tinkers, tailors and merchants from around the globe. In recent times, the population has swelled with folks looking for something with a slower pace and a more balanced approach to life. From this rich heritage, a vibrant and eclectic culture has emerged – the Clarence has style [it’s very own].


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events..get out your diary

We like to celebrate with a calendar chock full of festivals, fairs, exhibitions and shows. So what can you expect? First up, there’s the Australian National Goanna Pulling Championships at the seaside village of Wooli. But let’s get it straight, the event doesn’t involve actual goannas or wildlife of any kind. This unique one day happening is for the totally sports mad and those of us who just want to see what it’s all about. Definitely one for life’s “to do” list. There’s not many places left that have their very own Queen (and Princess come to think of it). The reign only lasts a year but the experience of being Jacaranda Queen stays with you forever. Yep it’s retro alright, but fun and the crowning is always a highlight for visitors. In market square, blanketed in purple jaca blooms the night unfolds much like it would have back in 1935 when the event kick off. On a serious note Grafton’s annual Jacaranda Festival is Australia’s oldest family floral festival and also a springtime expression of thanksgiving! Maclean, a river port on the banks of the Clarence, is known as “the wee Scottish Town in Australia”. Each year, Maclean celebrates the Scottish heritage of its founding fathers with a Highland Games spectacular. The population of the town doubles over the Easter weekend as “Mc”s and “Mac”s converge to celebrate all things Scottish.

[ we’ve got ] There are all the traditional sporting events such as caber tossing, log wrestling and hammer throwing, and a full festival of Scots themed entertainment, from pipe bands to Highland flings. The normally laid back style of Yamba gets a little spicy around November when the Hot Rod festival comes to town. We know what you’re thinking – but listen up it’s a big event and getting more popular each year. With skywards of 350 hot rods and street machines on parade through the town centre the event is hard to miss, and your kids will get you there anyway – so let’s just put this on the list shall we. Then there are the traditional Agricultural Shows in both Maclean and Grafton that showcase the livestock, fruits, vegetables, arts and crafts produced by local communities. These uniquely Australian events feature equestrian competitions, sideshows and entertainment and are a popular once-a-year get together for the farming community.


wax up the board

it’s a big river

When you live on a big river where there’s loads of space you can take things slow, or crank it up a little – you decide. So let’s start at Sunday morning pace. When was the last time you dropped in a line and knew you’d come home with something for your dinner, really! Recreational fishing is a hugely popular pastime in the Clarence — and with a river this size it’s no wonder. There are so many spots to wet a line [some of them

Now it’s into top gear. Hotly contested rowing and sailing regattas, dragon boating, wakeboarding titles, canoeing, and water ski races are held everywhere. But it’s Grafton’s annual Bridge to Bridge Ski Race [a significant national event] that really gets the adrenaline jumping. Just to set the scene, ski boats called Blazen, Superman and HellFire (more than a hundred of them) scream down the river from Grafton to Harwood. That’s the easy part; behind each boat are two skiers. The record run is a bit over 30 minutes – once you see it, you can’t help but be impressed by the skill and strength of these competitors.

the ponies

Each year in July, Grafton’s Clarence River Jockey Club stages one of Australia’s premier carnivals: the Grafton Cup Carnival. The Cup is a highlight of the Australian regional racing calendar and for almost 100 years locals have taken a half day holiday, donned their finery and welcomed thousands of punters from around the country for racing, entertainment, fashion and fun. Horseracing lovers never dare miss the occasion!

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Many places have beaches and surf breaks – but not too many like ours. If the NSW North Coast can be said to have a handful of legendary point-breaks, Angourie (just near Yamba) is undoubtedly one of them. ‘Discovered’ in the 1960s by the first generation of Australia’s surfing counterculture, Angourie Beach was declared a National Surfing Reserve in 2007. It is the first site in Australia to be recognised for its significance to recreational surfing and, as such, is considered sacred by Australian surfers. If learning to surf is something you haven’t quite got around to yet – no problem, there’s the surf school to get you started, the Surf Life Saving Club [to keep you out of trouble] and the Nippers for your kids to help get them confident in the water.

secret], just watch the world go by, or you can get right into it and enter one of the many fishing comps.


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[ we’ve got ]

the arts

A spectacular 19th Century building tucked away in one of Grafton’s leafy avenues is home to the award winning Grafton Regional Gallery. The Gallery delivers around 40 exhibitions a year, continues to develop its vibrant collections (now totally more than 1300 pieces), is HQ to the nationally recognised Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Award (JADA), one of Australia’s largest drawings awards and holds the largest permanent collection of artworks on the North Coast of New South Wales valued at $1.29 million. It’s impressive and inspiring but that’s not all when it comes to the arts. The output of our local artists and a wealth of national and international talent can be found at the Ferry Park Gallery in Maclean and in museums, galleries and artspaces in Ulmarra, South Grafton, Seelands, Copmanhurst, Nymboida, Glenreagh, Maclean, Yamba and Iluka. The Saraton Theatre in Grafton, established in 1926 is a state significant heritage building offering state of the art cinema. This venue is huge – and a real journey back in time.


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Reconnect your family with regional Australia’s rich cultural heritage with a visit to the Saraton. What this means is your kids will always have something to do. If you decide to live on coast there’s a cinema right in the town centre of Yamba – so all your bases are covered. The performing arts also flourish in the Clarence, with busy theatre companies in Grafton, dance studios offering classes in everything from ballet to funk and even belly dancing. But it’s the Clarence Valley Conservatorium that has been leading the performing arts in the region since its beginnings in the 1930’s. With a purpose-built learning environment, quality teachers and tutors and an extensive and impressive range of instrumental, vocal, drama and school programmes, the Conservatorium can get you connected into the Clarence cultural scene – and maybe get you on stage as well [go on – you’ll love it].

yeah we like to eat ....the good stuff There are, of course, the staples of dairy, beef and sugar for which our region is long renowned, but the famous Yamba Prawn and the Wooli Oyster now share star billing with fresh, locally grown silver perch, olives, coffee, organic fruits, exotic and indigenous vegetables, nuts and bush tucker. The best place to get started is the local farmers markets, each week, rain, hail or sunshine – you can buy your fresh veggies from our local farmers and get to know the people who grow our food. They’ll even share their favourite recipes with you if you’re keen.


OK, WE’VE GOT THE FAMILY SORTED, YOU KNOW THERE’S LOADS OF INFRASTRUCTURE AND SERVICES AND THE HOUSE OF YOUR DREAMS IS AFFORDABLE – NEXT ON THE LIST IS YOUR BUSINESS. RELOCATING A BUSINESS, NO MATTER HOW MICRO, IS A BIG THING. THERE’S A LOT TO THINK ABOUT, WE KNOW YOU HAVE A LIST OF REQUIREMENTS. LET’S SEE HOW WE MEASURE UP. you need to........ be part of a vibrant community

The Clarence Valley offers seven existing industrial precincts, with easy access to transport and essential services. New land releases are also in the pipeline and competitively priced land options for any sized business can still be found. connect to industry infrastructure

Local businesses benefit from the rare combination of a strong infrastructure base, support services and loads of space. The Valley boasts easy access to three major highways, a seaport, airport, rail network and a secure water supply making it one of NSW’s fastest growing investment hotspots.

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explore investment opportunities

We’ve identified a range of investment possibilities with strategic match to the Clarence Valley market proposition. Review our analysis on-line and get ideas for tapping into the next big thing.

buy land

[ with you ]

Buying industrial or commercial land is an investment you need to make carefully and a well-chosen agent can be an invaluable asset. Connect into local knowledge by working with a local professional agent. get access to utilities

The best laid plans and the perfect location won’t realise their full potential without adequate and reliable supplies of essential services and resources. No need for concern. The Clarence has what every growing region needs and that’s great foundation infrastructure, water, power, roads, technology capacity and much more. employ people

The workforce is currently around 21,000 strong and growing at about 9% annually. With significant investment in the education and training sector and acclaimed co-operative initiatives between Council, schools and employer groups, skill levels among school leavers and job seekers are on the rise.


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train and develop staff

Our extensive and rapidly expanding training infrastructure provides employers and employees with nationally recognised skills and qualifications across a broad range of disciplines. North Coast TAFE has invested in new facilities, spending almost $7 million upgrading the Grafton campus. access markets

As the last sections of the Pacific Highway are upgraded, the region becomes increasingly accessible to the major population centres of Brisbane and South East Queensland. You can now get from Brisbane to the Clarence Valley in a little over 3 hours via the Pacific Highway and from Sydney to Grafton in less than 2 hours with Rex Airlines. Network and be connected

The businesses of the Clarence are highly motivated and proactive. There are many groups that provide opportunities for business people to get together, discuss ideas and generate opportunities. There are five Chambers of Commerce: • Grafton Chamber of Commerce & Industry • Iluka Chamber of Commerce • Maclean Chamber of Commerce • Yamba Chamber of Commerce • Wooli Chamber of Commerce

see a commitment to growth

Commissioned by Clarence Valley Council, The Clarence Valley Economic Development Strategic Plan details initiatives that will enhance the economic growth of a wide range of industry sectors throughout the Valley. A full copy of the plan is available online at www.clarence.nsw.gov.au You can also connect with the economic development team: Call us on 02 6643 0200

Email us at: edu@clarence.nsw.gov.au or visit www.clarence.nsw.gov.au and subscribe to our free e-news service. Council is working to develop programs and initiatives that encourage, assist and facilitate strong, prosperous and vital communities, so visit the website regularly for updates. let’s recap

Your overheads and establishment costs are comparatively low, there is affordable land and commercial premises, the economy is growing, local government and community are enthusiastic, and supportive and our infrastructure is up-to-date and up to the job. Putting your family’s health, happiness and life priorities first doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice your career, your business or your financial security. We can’t make the move for you, but Clarence Valley is definitely worth a second look....


[ for the better ]

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WHETHER WE LIKE IT OR NOT THINGS CHANGE CONSTANTLY... THE SEX IN THE CITY GIRLS FINALLY SETTLED DOWN, THE GLOBAL FINANCIAL CRISIS MADE US ALL STOP AND THINK – PRIORITIES ARE SHIFTING, CAN YOU FEEL IT AT YOUR PLACE? AMID ALL OF THIS YOU HAVE TO SORT OUT A RELOCATION. WE GET IT, MAKING THE MOVE IS A BIG DEAL AND IT MEANS MAKING A FEW CHANGES – FOR THE BETTER THOUGH. IT’S A BIT LIKE JOINING A GYM SHORT TERM PAIN FOR LONG TERM GAIN... Here’s your heads up, things are changing in Clarence Valley too. We thought you might like to see where our communities are going and hear a little about the big ticket stuff that’s in the planning phase. It’s good to know that your new home has a future and that great people are working on making it even better for everyone. Remember, it’s not what you give up – it’s what you get in return when you move to clarence valley that makes the difference.


affordable housing

aged care & disability

Clarence Valley Council Community Support Services receives Commonwealth and State funding to provide support, services and links across the Far North Coast region. This includes the delivery of a huge number of programs, such as: Clarence Valley Community Options; Maclean Lower Clarence Meals On Wheels ; Your Choice - Flexible Respite Solution; Disability Support Services ; Regional Integrated Support Service; Children’s Services; Dementia Rehabilitation At Home; Extended Aged Care At Home; and Social Support.

arts The Grafton Regional Gallery presents over 40 exhibitions and 70

programs and events each year. It is an outstanding and award winning public gallery reflecting the passion for the visual arts held by the community of the Clarence Valley. And there’s a $7million extension on the drawing board.

community centres & halls

We have 37 community halls and 2 community centres, one in almost every community – that’s a lot of space. These facilities support a truly vast range of social events, sports, recreation and learning opportunities – and the ‘things you can do list’ is expanding all the time. These significant assets also form part of the Valley’s future planning for Cultural and Community Facilities.

community profile

Clarence Valley Community Atlas presents all the key socio-demographic characteristics for the area as interactive maps. Based on data from the 2006 Census of Population and Housing (Australian Bureau of Statistics), each map is prepared using Census Collector Districts providing the finest level of detail to help identify spatial patterns and trends in the area. Use this tool to track changes in key community indicators.

culture

economy

healthy & active

Where we live can have a big effect on our health. The Clarence Valley Healthy Active program is a $700,000 project aiming to get everyone moving with free events, training opportunities, cycleway development and walking groups.

hospital & clinic

There is a $20 million investment happening at the Grafton hospital which will see an increased capacity for the facility to deliver services to the Clarence community.

The Vision – “In 2017, the Clarence Valley is a dynamic place where the area’s vibrant culture is valued and resourced as a critical aspect of the daily lives of local people, regardless of their background, circumstances and status. Creativity in the Clarence Valley is widely supported through energetic partnerships and collaborations, a variety of popular cultural venues and facilities offering an dynamic program of activities, a range of education and lifelong learning choices, a respect for diversity and difference and through a widely shared passion for the area’s unique and diastinctive natural environment focused on and around the Clarence River”. We have a cultural plan and are working on its implementation. There’s also an economic blueprint for the region already in place which is seeking to building on our core strengths and maximise new industry development opportunities as we grow our employment opportunities.

Also on the ground is a new multi-million dollar GP super clinic, which opened its doors just a few weeks ago, and will take on a patient load of around 15,000 Clarence Valley residents.

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An Affordable Housing policy is in place with the aim of achieving a range of affordable options across the Valley now and into the future as our community grows and changes.


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libraries

recreation parks

security

social

Our social plan guides us all in meeting the needs of families living here. The Regional Gallery, our libraries, after school care and holiday programs are in place to connect Clarence families and deliver on social plan needs.

sport

There’s been an investment of over $10 million in sport facilities recently and this sets the scene for the Clarence to become a powerhouse for regional sports tourism.

sustainability

We’re building a new $8 million dollar library to complement our existing three library assets and the mobile library – this is where we take books to the people. There are more than 580 parks and reserves in Clarence Valley and importantly there are plans in place to ensure they meet our community’s needs as we grow. That’s 1 park for every 90 residents – impressive ratio don’t you think. Plus there’s a plan in place to further strengthen our communities safety and security.

We cooperatively plan for and achieve: - protection of ecological systems

- positive social and community development

- cultural diversity, expression and creativity

- economic prosperity and

- efficient resource use

- quality human habitat

- essential services, and

- protection of our valuable natural and cultural heritage.

We do this through supportive, accountable and participatory decision-making – you’ll know it as the Clarence Sustainability Framework and you can be involved.

tourism A significant tourism development and infrastructure

investment framework is in place and already under implementation. The masterplan sets out a 10 year works program to assist the region build upon its unique natural and cultural assets and develop the Clarence as one of the nation’s great river experiences.

young people

Young people are encouraged to be involved in their local community through a range of activities including: Council’s Youth Advisory Committee; National Youth Week; Street Cruise; Local sports; Local events; and Shout Out Youth Magazine. Plus there’s $1.3million in the bank to create youth cubes, which are mobile youth spaces where kids can meet, learn skills, train, access the net and socialise in safe, welcoming and inclusive environments.


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FAST FACTS Population 52,600 Population growth rate Gross regional product (GRP) Number of registered businesses Visitor nights Area Major centres

1.2% $1.7 billion 4,000 CRTA ? 10,500 sqkm

Grafton, Maclean & Yamba

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We’re worth about $1.7 billion in Gross Regional Product (GRP), and growing steadily at about 0.6% each year. The Clarence contributes around 17% to the gross regional product of the Northern Rivers region which is valued at $9.8 billion. So what fuels our economic engine room? Despite the Clarence’s reputation as an agricultural powerhouse, it’s the manufacturing industries that actually make the largest contribution to the economy at about 11% of all GRP, followed by public administration (8.3%), financial and insurance services (6.8%), health care and social assistance (6.8%) and the retail trades (6.7%). The area around Grafton – the business hub of the Clarence – has a focus on timber, commercial and information based industries with retail, health, education and government also major contributors to our economic wellbeing. Primary industries – fishing and sugar in particular are the big employers in the coastal communities, followed closely by thriving tourism and property sectors. While the inland rural areas of the Valley are geared towards forestry, farming and manufacturing as a supply source of local employment and prosperity.


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team approach

The Economic Development Team is responsible for leading, managing and delivering Council’s strategies and programs to promote the sustainable economic development of the Clarence Valley. That means we coordinate and implement projects that attract visitors, industry, investment and create jobs. WE’VE GOT A PLAN Our work in building a sustainable Clarence economy is informed by the Clarence Valley economic development strategy which reflects a commitment by this community and council to supporting long term regional growth. We call it the Clarence Edge. The Strategy contains 30 initiatives and 12 priority projects that are linked to four vital themes: 1. Building on competitive advantage (Leverage and Attraction) This suite of initiatives is designed to capitalise on the Valley’s existing competitive advantages to encourage business investment, promote value added production and enhance education, employment and income. 2. Value adding and industry extension

(Innovative Development) These programs seek to encourage innovation and maximise the potential of existing and new industries in the Clarence, increasing employment, productivity and creating value adding opportunities.

3. Business attraction and retention (Facilitation) These measures are designed to help existing Clarence businesses stay profitable and stay local, and assist to attract new business and industry to the region. 4. Planning and facilitation

(Enabling) These are foundation activities that will enable, support and sustain economic development in line with community attitudes, aspirations and needs. The Plan identifies specific opportunities for: • Creative Industry • Marine Industries • Tourism • Water Management • Sports Development • Sugar Industry • Timber & Wood Fibre • Forest Bio-technology • Horticulture • Fisheries & Aquaculture • Regional Cuisine • Transport and many more.... The Strategy is available on-line www. clarence.nsw.gov.au

economies need water to grow

Around the world, and particularly in Australia, climate change and water management are becoming significant issues for business and industries. While metropolitan and regional centres grapple with the ramifications and possible solutions, the Clarence Valley has cracked it with the construction of an award winning, $180 million dollar; 30,000 megalitre Shannon Creek Dam.


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The Dam is located about 18 kilometres south of Grafton. It is an off-river storage reservoir – which means that instead of relying on rain to fall in the small 37km catchment area of the Shannon Dam for its water supply, we gravity feed water by pipes directly from the Nymboida river. The Nymboida river sources its water from 1700 square km of Dorrigo catchment, the highest rainfall area in NSW.

major initiatives

Clarence River Way is a tourism and infrastructure investment program that aims to position the Clarence as one of the nation’s great river experiences. This ground-breaking program has a clear focus on delivering real experiences to selected visitor markets, locks on to population growth in nearby south-east Queensland, looks to establish Yamba, Maclean, Iluka, Ulmarra and Grafton as key visitor zones and provides solutions for the integration of multiple touring modes fuelled by a commitment to sustainability.

Significant progress has been achieved in securing key infrastructure in multiple locations to support private and public sector investment. For more visit www.clarence.nsw. gov.au Other projects include: • Marine precinct development • Timber value adding • Industry education forum • Food production and community resilience • Industrial land promotion • Infrastructure precinct planning & development

it’s the numbers that count right

No matter whether you need local economic statistics for a business plan, investment proposal or you just want to get the facts on Clarence Valley you’ll find the answers in the tool kit. Access and download the latest research, statistics and comparative analysis on the Clarence Valley economy.

statistics

reports & strategies

latest news

Economic Monitor

Clarence Economic Development Strategy

Media centre

Clarence Valley Profile

Clarence Valley Industrial Lands Strategy

Economic Development Enews

Retail Indicators

Clarence River Way Masterplan

Community newsletter

Community Profile

Clarence LEPs and DCPs

Can’t find what you’re looking for? Contact the economic development team on 02 6643 0200 or edu@clarence.nsw.gov.au and let us help you.


You’re interested but not sure.

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We don’t want you to keep looking and never actually feel confident enough to take the plunge. So there’s only one thing for it, let’s get this thing resolved. Visit us for a short break or holiday.Bring the kids and really get a sense of what living Clarence is all about. Whilst you’re here make sure you connect with: • Real estate agents in locations you like to look of (remember you can always rent first) • Schools (phone ahead and meet the Principals) • Get involved in the community, go to a local event, the farmers markets or sport in fixture and get to know us • Test the water with a little shopping (and bag bargain) • Take a walk down a street and get in touch with the place (remember the reasons you want to move) • Check out the employment options on-line, and take the opportunity to visit employers of interest when you’re here.

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What’s that about no time?

So, you don’t have time to organise your ‘try before you buy’ visit. Well we like you already, and we’ve taken the hard work out of it. All you do is a little internet work and you’re done. Use our no fail ‘try before you buy’ tool kit. Lastly, make sure you drop us an email so we know you’re coming edu@clarence.nsw.gov.au See you soon.


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I need

who to contact

accommodation

Clarence River Tourism

web link

www.clarencetourism.com/accommodation/p/19

flights REX

www.rex.com.au

Hire car

Avis

www.avis.com.au

Budget www.budget.com.au

Hertz www.hertz.com

Thrifty www.thrifty.com.au

Real Estate

Clarence Valley Council

www.clarence.nsw.gov.au/cmst/cvc009/lp.asp?cat=207

Schools

NSW Dept of Education & Communities

www.schools.nsw.edu.au

Catholic Education Office Lismore Diocese Clarence Valley Anglican School

Community connect

Clarence River Tourism (events list)

www.lism.catholic.edu.au www.cvas.nsw.edu.au www.clarencetourism.com/events/p/20

Employment MyCareer

www.mycareer.com.au

Recent Property Sales

www.rs.realestate.com.au

Real estate.com.au


Economic Development Team 02 6643 0200 edu@clarence.nsw.gov.au


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