The Harwood calls

Willie Hona calls Iluka home these days, but in the mid 1980s he was the front man for New Zealand band, Herbs – perhaps best known in Australia for teaming up with Dave Dobbyn for the #1 hit, Slice of Heaven. In 1984, Hona was working as a cabaret artist before he took his place as the new front man for Herbs. He contributed two songs to the group’s third album, Long Ago (the title track) and Nuclear Waste. Released as singles, these songs charted at number 22 and 32 respectively on ...

Croquet at Coutts Crossing

At last! After two weeks washed out by rain and flood, croquet returned to Coutts Crossing last week. The lawn was in the best condition it has been for many years, straight and true. Eighteen turned up to play and matches extended over six hours. In form and unbeaten were Frank Mack, John Buckley and Gillian Martin. Bill Gauci, (freshly minus his appendix), had only one loss, as did Joy Campbell. The only jump shot was achieved by Joy Campbell. The lawn was soft and jump shots banned for ...

Louis graduates into PGA

Former Maclean golfer Louis Brown has been inducted into the Professional Golfers Association of Australia [PGA] as a ‘Full vocational member of the PGA’, at the prestigious QLD Golf Industry Awards on March 21, at Jupiter's Casino on the Gold Coast. His father David Brown said that from a young age, Louis has always had an interest in golf. “When Louis was about five or six we moved out of town, to near the Maclean Golf Club,” said Mr Brown. “I was a keen golfer and Louis would ...

The planets realign at Yamba Squash

The planets have realigned in the Summer squash competition at Yamba Squash Centre. On both Monday and Wednesday nights the planet Saturn seems to be winning the race to the semis. Blake Wolfe and Allison Bennett are team Saturn and even though Blake has only had one loss Allison has won more matches than losing them. In Div 2 the Neptune team of Alok and Maureen O'Brien are leading the point score with the Venus team of Tiffany Hodson and a fill in player are coming a close second. There ...

From introverted to untamed

Daryl James has been playing guitar and drums as far back as he can remember ... and isn’t planning to stop anytime soon. Having travelled the UK and Europe with various bands, in 2012 he hit the road with a rucksack and guitar, to pursue a solo career. After travelling around Asia and making his debut EP, Here, There and Everywhere, entirely on the road, he ended up in Australia where he began busking in the streets. James fuses acoustic and gritty overdriven guitars and plays with ...

Katies vision for the Grafton Chamber

Grafton Chamber of Commerce president Katie Kelemec has a vision for local business growth and prosperity. Katie grew up in Grafton and attended Grafton High School. After completing year 12 she travelled overseas for a year before returning to Australia and working as an accounts officer in large commercial law firms, in Brisbane. During this time Katie said that she was accepted into university and went on to receive her Bachelor of Business, majoring in Human Resources Management/Man...

Ten out of ten for 8 x 8

There was a mix of colour, texture, materials and ideas on display last Friday night March 31 during the official opening of the 4th Lower Clarence Arts & Crafts Association (LCACA) 2017 8 x 8 Small Works Exhibition at Ferry Park. Officially opened by Dr Ian Tiley, the exhibition had one common theme, ‘Messages’. All works were created on an 8 x 8 inch canvas frame supplied upon entry, with 112 Open section catalogued entries and 66 Youth catalogued entries, ranging in age from 1 ...

Four charged following incident at juvenile justice centre

Four teenagers have been charged following an incident at the Acmena Juvenile Justice Centre at South Grafton on Saturday March 1. Police from Grafton Local Area Command were called at about 8.15pm and, on arrival, located four teenage detainees, allegedly armed with knives, attempting to access an air conditioning vent about three metres above the ground. The teens were arrested without incident and the weapons were secured. Two teens aged 16 and 17 were charged with affray, possess ...

Ukettes gear up for Grafton festival

The Grafton Ukettes are tightening their strings in preparation for their upcoming Ukulele Festival in May. The event will be held at the South Grafton Services Club on May 13-14 and is bound to be a lot of fun. The theme for the weekend is 1950’s and 1960’s rock and roll music and dancing, with the dress code to match. Many groups from outside the Clarence Valley are planning to travel to Grafton for the fun event. The Grafton Ukettes began in 2011 and was started by two friends ...

Nannas write to Hogan

Ed, The Grafton Loop of the Knitting Nannas Against Gas has written to our local MP, Kevin Hogan, the Member for Page, about the plans of his leader, Barnaby Joyce, to have CSG and unconventional gas-mining expanded throughout the nation. Mr Joyce, unlike the Nannas, obviously does not understand what a threat this invasive industry is to the environment and the health of local communities. He is claiming that we need more gas produced because we will soon have a domestic gas shortage. We ...