CWA visit Alpaca farm

The members of the Lower Clarence CWA branches recently visited Cardiff Alpacas at Harwood for a fun filled day of finding out about these wonderful animals. They were all very friendly and cute and didn't mind interacting with us, even when we didn't have food to feed them. Rob Werry and his niece Kathleen provided a lovely lunch and some great information on the alpacas. We browsed through the products that they have for sale and some had a go at carding the fleece, Harrison did a ...

waterhouse wins again

The 2017 July racing carnival concluded on Sunday, with a family fun day and the running of the Maclean Cup. Clarence River Jockey Club [CRJC] CEO Michael Beattie said that despite a drop off in crowd numbers, this year’s carnival went particularly well. “The crowds were down just marginally across the carnival which is of slight concern to us and certainly something we will be trying to investigate into the future,” Mr Beattie said. “The betting turnover was pretty much on par ...

Councillor withdraws from Yamba service station decision

At yesterday’ Clarence Valley Council (CVC) meeting (after the Independent went to press) two of the valley’s councillors, Peter Ellem and Debrah Novak, had different ideas about how to deal with non-pecuniary interest when considering a development application to construct a service station at the corner of Treelands Drive and Yamba Road, Yamba. At an onsite meeting before last week’s Environment, Planning & Community Committee meeting on Tuesday July 11, director Des Schroder ...

The art and engineering of fashion

Former Maclean High School student Taran Battye was born to be a fashion designer ... now the 20-year-old’s designs have been chosen to feature at the Melbourne Spring Fashion Week in September. He also features in the July edition of American fashion magazine, Sheeba, where his quote – “My design philosophy revolves around the idea of designing fashion as fashion, rather than designing fashion as menswear and womenswear.” – provides a snippet of attitude to lead the reader into ...

Mayoral tick of approval

It was a golden occasion for five young athletes – Rhiannah Woods, Alyssa Luland, James Bertolli, Zali Burke and Elizabeth Hyne – when Clarence Valley’s mayor Jim Simmons presented each of them with a gold medal, previously won by their mentor and coach Tom Hancock. During the small ceremony at the Maclean council chambers on Friday July 14, Cr Simmons briefly outlined the goings on in the chambers. “Some pretty interesting things happen in here,” he told the athletes and their ...

Guided by dogs

Guide Dogs NSW made a presentation to around 30 people – both Yamba Historical Society and community members – at the Yamba Museum on Wednesday July 12. The event was one of the many features of the Animals and Us exhibition currently on show at the museum. Guide Dogs NSW community liaison officer Jill Nelson spoke about the work guide dogs do and “took us through their training, from the time they are born until they go to the puppy raiser for 12 months at the age of eight weeks,” ...

Help shape the future of the Clarence

Clarence Valley residents have made it clear they want a safe and inclusive community and are now being invited to a series of workshops where they can help make that happen. Early this year the Clarence Valley Council undertook widespread community consultation as part of its review of the community strategic plan, The Clarence 2027, and the overwhelming response was that people of all ages wanted a community that was safe and inclusive. Council’s community services coordinator, Dan ...

How sweet it is

The New South Wales Opposition leader Luke Foley and shadow minister for the north coast Walt Secord have told the north coast’s sugar industry that NSW Labor opposes the introduction of a sugar tax. The men visited the Harwood sugar mill and refinery last Thursday July 13. “We oppose the introduction of a sugar tax because we believe it will hit north coast jobs,” Mr Secord told the Independent. “We told growers, workers and the mill’s operators that a sugar tax would be a tax ...

Avenue Road detour kicks in next week for Woolgoolga to Ballina Upgrade

Roads and Maritime Services is reminding motorists of changed traffic conditions on the Pacific Highway and nearby roads this week for work to progress on the Woolgoolga to Ballina upgrade. From Monday 17 July, motorists travelling on Avenue Road at Glenugie will be detoured via Old Six Mile Lane or Wants Lane for about a month while Avenue Road is widened to two lanes from the Eight Mile Lane intersection to north of Wants Lane. Full access to Wants Lane and Old Six Mile Lane will be ...

Reasons are a big worry

Ed, Much against my personal views that we do not want traffic lights in Yamba, for safety and acceptable traffic flow reasons, I think it is the only solution if the proposed service station is approved. The real question is how the DA submitted by Coles and obviously supported by Westlawn, both of whom would benefit financially if it was approved, has been allowed to get this far. It was particularly disturbing to read media reports that at the recent meeting of the Environment, Planning ...