Back by popular demand

his guest band reprise their January performance at Mal’s Blues Bar this Sunday afternoon. Last month’s show is back by popular demand, says Eastick. Guest players include Maclean Hammond organ player Tony Rendell and Central Coast singer John Makey, who has been a regular performer with Eastick since 1997 and contributed vocals to Eastick’s recordings. Ex-Sydney players, Christos Nicolaou on bass and Pete Brentnall on drums, now ensconced on the northcoast, complete the lineup. ...

Airport’s passenger numbers improve

A report to yesterday’s Clarence Valley Council meeting says passenger numbers passing through the council’s Grafton Airport have improved, however, the numbers are not high enough to cover the cost of running the facility. “In the month of November 2016, the passenger numbers that passed through Grafton Airport were 1,973, this figure is the best since October 2008, November figures are up by 19.14 per cent on November 2015 and that figure [is] up over 20 per cent on November ...

NSW government supports upgrade of South Grafton New School of Arts

The NSW Government has this week announced $48,900 to fund the upgrade of facilities at the New School of Arts Neighbourhood House in South Grafton. The NSW Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW, John Barilaro, announced the funding as part of a regional tour through the Clarence Valley. Mr Barilaro said the NSW Government was pleased to be able partner with the local community to invest in an invaluable institution in the region. “Regional NSW has a diverse range of organisat...

Grafton chamber’s first breakfast meeting of the year

Around 40 people attended the Grafton Chamber of Commerce’s first breakfast meeting for the year which was held at the Grafton District Services Club [GDSC] on Thursday morning. Guest speakers at the breakfast were Coffs/Clarence Crime Prevention Officer Senior Constable Jonathon Murray, who presented a powerpoint presentation on ‘keeping your business crime safe’. SC Murray told the meeting that the average cost of crime against a business was nearly $5000 per annum and spoke about ...

Opportunity exists to express yourself

What kind of cultural events do you want to see in the Clarence Valley?  This is the question posed by Festival Director at Live Prawn Productions [LPP] Phil Nicholas. Mr Nicholas has been the event organiser for the ‘Surfing the Coldstream’ festival, an annual event in Yamba, over the last three years. Recently, questions have been posed as to why the popular music and cultural event ‘Surfing the Coldstream’ will not take place this year. Mr Nicholas said that despite what ...

The Spooky Men’s Chorale bring poignant wit and improbable facial hair

As thunderous as a herd of wildebeest, as sly as a wagonload of Spike Milligans, and as sonorous as a cloister of monks, the Spooky Men’s Chorale are a gift that keeps on giving. The 13 improbably bearded vocalists tour regional New South Wales for Musica Viva, taking their unforgettable concerts and workshops in collaboration with Arts North West. With repertoire ranging from Georgian table songs to immaculate ballads, vaudevillian nonsense and a mock Sufi ode to the Bee Gees, they have ...

Climb every mountain

  Yamba Shores Tavern proprietor Matt Muir is preparing to ride the 2017 New Zealand (NZ) Smiddy Challenge peloton, a 700 kilometre bicycle ride from Christchurch to Queenstown. The ‘Smiling for Smiddy’ initiative aims to raise $1.3 million for Mater (cancer) Research at various events throughout 2017. Last Saturday he held a fundraising event in the Tavern’s Boardroom & Bar: V8 Supercar driver Tim Slade, who is sponsored by Mr Muir’s Holden dealership in Sydney, was ...

Gulaptis stands with commercial fishers

Member for Clarence Chris Gulaptis says he has been assured by Minister for Primary Industries Niall Blair MLC that commercial fishers “won’t have to buy their jobs back”. Mr Gulaptis met with members of the Clarence River Fisherman's Co-Operative on Saturday February 11 to discuss the progress of the NSW Government’s Commercial Fisheries Business Adjustment Program. “I’ve reassured [Clarence River fishers] that I will hold the minister to his word – and the government – ...

Upgrade enhances TLC’s ‘sophistication and reliability’

  Executive committee members of Yamba community radio station TLC-FM 100.3 are “cock-a-hoop” following technical improvements at the station’s Yamba Hill facility. “Grant monies received for an equipment upgrade have given our volunteer presenters a new level of sophistication and reliability,” public officer Peter Finucan said. “Grant funds come through government coffers and the Community Broadcasting Foundation, once a need is shown to exist by TLC office bearers...

Pedal boat fun at Yamba

  The ‘My Life’ – Caringa group took to the water on Thursday last week, to enjoy the Yamba pedal boat experience. ‘My Life’ carer Adrian Baker said that they are always looking to find something different as far as activities for their clients. “We are hoping to use the Yamba pedal boat experience more regularly, on a weekly basis,” said Mr Baker. “Activities like this give our clients a sense of freedom and independence, which is what ‘My Life’ – Caringa ...