Up to a thousand new jobs could be created in the Clarence Valley as part of the latest Pacific Highway upgrade.
Grafton lost hundreds of jobs in recent times when a Telstra call centre, an abattoir and the Grafton jail closed or downsized.
The Federal government has just announced more than $280 million to fast-track the Woolgoolga to Ballina highway upgrade.
Clarence valley mayor Mayor Richie Williamson said he hopes most of the new jobs will go to locals.
“Every job is gold,” he said.
“It’s still tough, the economy is certainly hurting not only in Clarence, but no doubt throughout the Northern Rivers.
“If there is a project that employs people, that gets money back into the community, every day we get closer to the construction and the announcements that have been made are certainly welcome.”
The Mayor said workers are being prepared for the highway upgrade.
“Of course there’s going to be specialised professions that aren’t readily available in the Clarence,” he said.
“But Investment NSW and the council have been aware of the workforce that is needed for the upgrade and have been running some programs with the current contractors.
“It’s to ensure that the workforce is skilled in the Clarence.”
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