The Clarence Valley Council area is in the Northern Rivers region of New South Wales, about 600 kilometres north of the Sydney CBD and 300 kilometres south of the Brisbane CBD. With an area of 13,495 square kilometres. It is home to approx. 52,993 people.
Key employment sectors include retail trade, health care, public administration and safety, manufacturing, accommodation and food services, education, and agriculture forestry, and fishing.
Much of the rural area is used for forestry, agriculture, and grazing, including beef cattle and sugarcane growing. Fishing is also an important industry. In more recent years tourism has become a major industry, especially along the coast.
The elected Council is made up of 9 Councillors with council administration led by the General Manager.
Flexible work arrangements
- due to the wide variety of services provided, most operational staff have access to a fortnightly rostered day off (RDO) whilst administrative staff are eligible to access flextime.
Learning and development opportunities
- as an employee, you will have access to a variety of learning and development opportunities designed to build upon your knowledge and expertise, including:
mentoring and coaching
education and training assistance
exam and study leave
internal secondment opportunities; and
flexible learning solutions.
Work health and safety
- Clarence Valley Council strive for a zero-harm workplace and a culture focusing on health and safety across the organisation. They are committed to developing:
safety leadership at all levels
consultation and communication mechanisms
risk management processes
promotion of a safety culture
injury management and return to work programs.
Health and wellbeing
– council offer a number of health and wellbeing initiatives including:
attendance at health information sessions
ergonomic workstation assessments
health monitoring programs; and
professional counselling through our Employee Assistance Program.
The cost of housing in Clarence Valley is affordable with the median price of a 3-bedroom house approx. $430,000. Rental prices range average $366 - $426
The are several schooling options in the Clarence Valley region including several state primary and high schools, including a private Anglican co-educational school offering education up to year 12. There is also the Country Universities Centre for higher education with two Community Colleges in close proximity at Grafton and Yamba.
There are excellent medical centres and two local hospitals; Grafton Base Hospital and Maclean District Hospital that service the Clarence Valley community.
Clarence Valley has everything from homewares, fashion and footwear to local galleries and of course everyday needs available locally. The dining possibilities are endless with cafes, local pubs, restaurants by the water and micro-brewery.
Clarence Valley is shaped by rivers, dotted with beaches and enveloped by World Heritage-listed rainforest reserves. It's home to sleepy fishing villages and coastal hamlets, with a countryside that hosts everything from galleries and history-celebrating festivals to markets showcasing the local bounty. The Clarence River has Australia's longest whitewater trail.
There is an abundance of leisure facilities including Clarence Valley BMX Club, Grafton PCYC, and nearby swimming pools and beaches.
Clarence Valley is a 7.5-hour drive from Sydney or a 5-hour commute south from Brisbane. The nearest major airport is Clarence Valley Regional Airport, which has domestic flights and is 12 km from the centre of Grafton. Alternatively, the Coffs Habour Airport is approximately 89km from Grafton.
Information on this page was correct as of July 2022 and may be subject to change.