Grafton is a city in the Northern Rivers region of the Australian state of New South Wales. It is located on the Clarence River, approximately 608 kilometres (378 mi) by road north-northeast of the state capital Sydney. The closest major cities, Brisbane and the Gold Coast, are located across the border in South-East Queensland. At June 2018 Grafton had a population of 19,078. The city is the largest settlement and administrative centre of the Clarence Valley Council local government area, which is home to over 50,000 people in all.
Job losses in the Coffs Harbour and Grafton regions of the NSW north coast are among the worst in the country due to COVID-19 shutdowns, with youth unemployment now an even bigger issue in the area. SBS - Published