Lior’s and Josh Pyke’s love child is sweet as

Harvey is a Sydney-based singer and multi-instrumentalist, originally from the coastal village of Valla Beach. His live shows exhibit positive energy and his mellifluous singing, tune after tune. His latest single, Honey, from the album of the same name, has garnered airplay and praise from some of Triple J’s presenters. Roots N All’s Nkechi Anele gave it four stars. “Honey indeed! This track is a cruisey chilla with just enough sweetness,” she writes on the Unearthed website. ...

Clarence Coast surfers to the fore

Angourie surfer Dakoda Walters has won the 16-and-Under Boys division at the 2017 Billabong Oz Grom Cup at Park Beach, Coffs Harbour. Wooli surfer Carly Shanahan, who is a member of Coffs Harbour Boardriders Club, won the 14-and-Under Girls division. Dakoda Walters’ brother, Harley, was fourth in the 12-and-Under Boys division. Around 200 junior surfers from Queensland, NSW, Victoria and WA competed in nine divisions over five days – April 18 to 22. Dakoda Walters was the standout ...

CRDWBA State Open and Senior Pairs Championships

CRDWBA State Open and Senior Pairs Championships were played at Yamba Bowling Club on April 18 and 20 with 26 teams competing in the Open Division and 13 teams contesting the Senior Division. There were some close fought matches during the first two rounds played on the Tuesday with the quarter finals and semi finals of the Open Division played on Thursday, with two hard fought semi finals between the two Maclean teams of Jane Hannah and Lee Rae against Sandra Ferro and Cheryl Johnson. ...

Simon Cook takes Coutts Croquet title

Simon Cook is Coutts Crossing Association Croquet Champion for 2017. This handicap event came to a thrilling finish. In the penultimate game Sue Deeth (receiving 8 bisques) beat previously unbeaten favourite Peter Deeth with the last hits of the game. It left Simon Cook (rec 10) in the final match the task of first defeating, and then scoring 16 hoops to defeat Peter Martin. He won by 18-9 with only minutes remaining. It was a well deserved win for the in-form player. He wins the Coutts ...

Knowledge changes minds

At last week’s Clarence Valley Council (CVC) meeting, comments made by several councillors alluded to behind the scenes adjustments to management practices since the departure of the former general manager, Scott Greensill; adjustments that have resulted in several councillors, who were opposed to applying for a special rate variation (SRV), changing their minds. Significantly, councillors also invited representatives of the Office of Local Government (OLG) to provide advice at a ...

Lower Clarence properties to be sold soon

Clarence Valley Council has called for expressions of interest from licensed real estate agents in Maclean to exclusively list and auction two Lower Clarence properties: a residential property at 237 Chatsworth Road, Chatsworth and the former North Coast Water building at 1 MacNaughton Place, Maclean. The properties are being sold as part of the council’s asset and land rationalisation process, as it endeavours to meet the NSW Government’s Fit for the Future requirements. The Maclean ...

CVC’s ‘improvement opportunities’ and staff cuts

Clarence Valley Council (CVC) has identified 36 improvement opportunities that will be included in the draft budget and operational papers to be tabled at the May council meeting. Councillors endorsed the improvement opportunities at last week’s council meeting; once the draft documents are approved at the May meeting, they will be exhibited and the subject of community consultation. The initiatives are across five categories: Service Review, Service Reduction, Cost Reduction, Change in ...

Recruiting CVC’s general manager

Clarence Valley Council has commenced its search for a new general manager. At last week’s council meeting, councillors unanimously endorsed Jim Simmons’s mayoral minute to appoint a selection committee (panel) consisting of the mayor, deputy mayor Jason Kingsley and Cr Karen Toms. The panel has the delegated authority to “seek expressions of interest and appoint a suitably qualified recruitment firm to assist the committee with the end-to-end process of the recruitment of the general ...

The new ‘unified’ CVC on repairing its financial woes

Having seemingly forged a unified front (apart from councillors Novak and Clancy), councillors have chosen “some spending cuts and some rates increases” to address Clarence Valley Council’s fragile financial state. Cr Andrew Baker, the mover of the motion, seconded by Cr Arthur Lysaught, read these words from a prepared speech at last week’s council meeting. “This motion before us is the start of getting it right,” he said. “...A projected $15million deficit meant either very ...

Yamba’s art auction raised the roof

The Port of Yamba Historical Society held its inaugural ‘Raising the Roof’ fund raising art auction, on Saturday in The Old Kirk at the Yamba Museum. An assortment of 94 art works including painting, photographs, linocuts, lithographs and woodwork were contributed by 38 artists. Yamba Museum secretary Lesley Pickering said that amongst the works in the auction were 10 prints from the infamous ‘fish’ paintings by JTP. “The art works were discovered under a bed in a room, at ...