Like many country areas around New South Wales, Grafton City and environs has seen past glories turn into a falling population, less young people of working age living in town, higher unemployment rates than both state and national averages, a slowly shrinking viable central business district and rolling job losses as large companies withdraw to bigger regional or metropolitan centres.
Despite these woes, it had remained the transport hub for the Clarence Valley, the centre for most locally delivered state and federal government services and, one of two main administrative centres for the local government area.
That changed less than two hours ago when the O'Farrell-Stoner-Gulaptis juggernaut finally sent in prison vans (protected by members of the police riot squad) to remove inmates from Grafton Gaol - turning it into a 60 bed remand centre for individuals awaiting court appearances.
Grafton has now lost 107 permanent jobs which will depress the local economy further and have a flow-on effect across the Valley.
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights Article 19
Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.
[Adopted and proclaimed by United Nations General Assembly resolution 217 A (III) of 10 December 1948]
Hi! My name is Boy. I'm a male bi-coloured tabby cat. Ever since I discovered that Malcolm Turnbull's dogs were allowed to blog, I have been pestering Clarencegirlto allow me a small space on North Coast Voices.
A Metgascomusing: Sometimes it feels so good to be a cat. No a worry in the world and never tempted to stray into uncatlike realms. So when my live-in servant looks up stock prices I only ever prick my ears if there is seafood in the company name. Which means that I gave a big feline yawn when she looked at me, pointed to the screen and announced that a week out from Christmas coal seam gas miner Metgasco Limited's ordinary share price was sitting at an unimpressive 4.1 cents and it still can't proceed with its planned drilling at Bentley on the NSW North Coast.
An administration #FAIL musing: NSW Industrial Relations Commission, Monday 15 December 2014 2:00pm, Report Back via Tele Conference IRC14/833 - USU & Clarence Valley Council re alleged treatment of member.
An Eddie Obeidmusing: Sydney Dowling Centre Local Court, 18 December 2014 9.30am, Mentions (Police), R v Edward Moses Obeid, Case Numbers 201400345493 & 201400345512.
A surveyingmusing: Some voters in the NSW Clarence electorate are wondering if Reachtel's early desire to find out which local political aspirants they might prefer in the March 2015 state election is being paid for by the National Party, as it tries to decide how much money to spend on the incumbent MP Chris Lazybones Gulaptis' re-election campaign.
An everyone speak up!musing: Word around the catnip patch is that Voices for Clarence had its official opening today. This Facebook page is a platform for people in the Clarence Valley to share knowledge and information in the Clarence Electorate ahead of the March 2015 NSW State Election. Get over there folks and start the ball rolling!
A this won't end wellmusing: Clarence Valley Council is on the NSW Industrial Relations Commission court list once again, Monday 1 December 2014 3:00pm Compulsory Conference IRC14/833 - USU & Clarence Valley Council re alleged treatment of member. Given the unhealthy corporate culture that appears to have developed since 2011 I can’t see this ending well for council.
Athought to ponder musing:
In case of bushfire or flood - do you have an emergency evacuation plan for the family pet?
An adoptionmusing: Every week on the NSW North Coast a number of cats and dogs find themselves without a home. If you want to do your bit and give one bundle of joy a new family, contact Happy Paws on 0419 404 766 or your local council pound.