Rescues from flooded roads, etc

Ed, The following is a letter I have written to the Premier of NSW, the Member for Clarence, the NSW Police Minister and the NSW Minister for Roads. For some time I, like others, have been concerned about the number of people who decide to drive or walk through flooded roads, causeways, etc. often in complete and deliberate disregard to ‘road closed’ signs. When these people get stranded they then expect someone to rescue them, often putting in danger the lives of the rescuers, many of ...

A cultural issue?

Ed, The report prepared by Crest Performance consultants at a cost of over $9000, recognises some sections of the community have still not accepted well the forced merger of Council's, leaving a degree of divisiveness. It refers to it as the "silo mentality" that needs to be treated as a "cultural issue" requiring strong and consistent leadership. The report ignores any justification some communities have as a result of the forced merger. eg., the inclusion in Council's Local Environment Plan ...

New initiative to honour local ANZACS

Fifty-five communities in the Clarence and Richmond Valleys will provide soil samples as part of an innovative way to honour local soldiers who enlisted to fight in World War I, according to Clarence Nationals MP, Chris Gulaptis. As part of the Anzac Memorial Centenary Project, soil samples will be taken from 1,699 sites across NSW and displayed at the refurbished Anzac Memorial in Sydney’s Hyde Park as part of an artwork by artist Fiona Hall. Mr Gulaptis said the local community will be ...

Monster Garage Sale now on April 8

The Lawrence Museum annual Garage Sale has been rescheduled to this coming Saturday, April 8. The weather conditions prevented the sale taking place last Saturday, April 1. Vice president, Roz Jones said she hoped for good support. “We have an amazing array of good quality goods, including some brand new items, such as a new unused gas BBQ and small appliances. This year we have a ‘collectors corner' too, with some interesting items for the discerning buyer.” “The Garage Sale is a ...

New date for the 2017 Lower Clarence Relay For Life!

A new date for the Lower Clarence Relay For Life has been decided and will go ahead on Saturday 13th May 2017 at the Yamba Public School. “Two dates for May or September were considered and a survey went out to the participants and the support was greatly in favour of holding the Relay in May,” said Abby Wallace, Cancer Council NSW Northern Rivers Community Relations Coordinator. Being Mother’s Day and with the Mother’s Day Classic event on Sunday 14th May, the committee has ...

Plunge workshop at Kingstudio

Visiting artist Meagan Jacobs will be running a mixed media painting workshop at Kingstudio, Maclean as part of Plunge 2017. The workshop dates are Saturday and Sunday, April 8-9 and will offer a great opportunity for students to learn new skills in a supportive environment, from complete beginners to the more advanced artist. Meagan is an interesting artist and gifted tutor, she has work extensively in the Northern Territory and on the South Coast of NSW. Meagan’s weekend workshop ...

Alpacas gearing up for Grafton show

The Grafton Show will be hosting a special alpaca event at this year’s show, with more than one hundred of the finest of the breed entered for the 10th anniversary of showing alpacas at Grafton. Local breeder, Pauline Glaser is excited about the event and believes this year’s show will be best since the breed started in the Clarence Valley. “A large number of breeders will be attending the event from all over NSW, from Nanango in the north to the Hunter in the south and we are ...

Old and the new

Recently, the RMS took retired DMR staff for a tour of the new dual Pacific Highway ‘Dirty Creek Range’ section. There was much discussion on the changes in machinery and methods over the years. Dan Boyle (retired foreman), supervised the maintenance and construction of the old Pacific Highway from Valla to Mororo, out of the South Grafton works office in the 1970-80's. Pictured is Dan Boyle and Geoff Howard at the top of the old Taylors Pit quarry with the new dual highway across ...

Honouring a local identity

The late Trevor Pedro Charles Phillips OAM made a difference to the lives of many people on the Lower Clarence – on Friday March 31 some of those people came together to pay their respects and say their farewells. Mr Phillip’s volunteering and community service were rewarded at the highest level in 2013 when he was named an Order of Australia Medal (OAM) recipient on the Queen’s Birthday Honours List. Mr Phillips died aged 89 on March 19. Following the OAM announcement, he told the ...

Yamba’s wettest March on record

March 2017 is the wettest that has been recorded at the Yamba weather station on Pilot Hill. The highest March rainfall recorded by the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) between 1877 and 2017 was 617.5mm in 1974: Yamba’s March 2017 rain total is 728.8mm. The average March rainfall in Yamba is 186.9mm. There were three major rain events recorded during the month: 149mm on March 16, 155.8mm on March 18 and 261.4mm on March 31, which fell short of the highest daily total of 300mm recorded in ...