Magpies move nest to Yamba

At a committee meeting earlier this year it was said that the Lower Clarence Magpies Rugby League Club “needs to look to the future, not the past” – and a decision was made to shift the club’s home games to the Ngayundi Yamba Sports Complex. With a century of history behind the club and with much of that centred on the Maclean showground, it was always going to be a difficult decision to move from the traditional Maclean venue. There was a lot of sentiment to be absorbed ...

CRDWBA State Singles Championships

The Clarence River District Women's Bowling Association's State Singles Championships were held at Grafton District Services WBC from May 9-18, with 23 ladies competing. The first two rounds were played on Tuesday May 9 with closely fought games in the first round and several of the second-round games decided on the final bowl with only one point the difference The quarter finals and semi-finals were played on Thursday May 11 with once again close matches in the quarter finals and two ...

South Grafton Men’s Bowls

Wednesday 17th May: Men's social bowls afternoon. Three games of triples and one of pairs were played out in pleasant temperatures under a cloudy sky. Rink 1: M Andrews, G Taylor and L Bond d W Powell, T Newsome and D Andrews 24-13. Rink 2: C Roger, S Weber and B Kowal drew with A Rose, T Latter and G Mallison 25-all. Rink 3: D James, J Gaddy and L Perrett d B Kenny, J Flaherty and L Flaherty 24-6. Rink 4: L Andrew and W Peterson d K Fitzsimmons and M Revell 19-11. Winning rink: 3 - D ...

Kingdom of the mystics… part 1

Brothers Brad and Christian Hemingway have been making music together since they could hold an instrument ... oh, and they have a “do or die” pact to make a career out of the music they love to write, which they describe as “mind melting cosmic reggae”. The group’s song, Mystic Kingdom Pt1, uploaded in April, has enjoyed a spin or two on Triple J, too. The group proclaims that “Astronaut Reggae is now officially 'a thing' with Brisbane's Psych Dub Reggae band Hemingway”. ...

CVC prepares its balancing act

Any promises made by the Clarence Valley’s councillors during last year’s election – to oppose a special rate variation (SRV) – are officially dead and buried following last week’s council meeting on Tuesday May 16. Councillors unanimously endorsed applying for an eight per cent increase in the general rate each year for three years (including an estimated rate pegged limit of two per cent), with a cumulative impact of 25.9 per cent – to be retained permanently in council’s ...

Home-grown hero honoured

Australian Wallabies star Kane Douglas returned to his home town of Yamba for the naming of Yamba’s rugby field in his honour on Saturday. The former junior Buccaneer player spent time catching up with old mates and took time out to talk with young Yamba players. Prior to the formal unveiling, Clarence Valley mayor Jim Simmons addressed the large crowd which had gathered for the event. “Congratulations to Kane who represents the Buccaneers, Yamba and the entire Clarence Valley so ...

Approved: ‘Dongaville’, on the fringes of town

Clarence Valley Council has approved the construction of a 124-bed temporary workforce accommodation compound on a previously developed and approved 19-lot residential subdivision at 21 Challinor Street, Grafton. The development, which includes one four-bedroom module, 20 six-bedroom modules and 122 onsite parking spaces, will house the itinerant “workforce associated with the large infrastructure works in the region”. Consent was granted for the temporary development for four ...

Confidential business

At last week’s Clarence Valley Council meeting, councillors unanimously endorsed keeping discussions confidential, regarding the Grafton Community Centre and the sale of 1A Spring Street, South Grafton – which previously was the library’s headquarters before being vacated when the new library was built. Each of the items were discussed in a confidential session in concurrence with 10A 2 (c) of the Local Government Act: “The report contains information that would, if disclosed, confer a ...

New date for Harmony Day

The Biirrinda and Harwood Island Community Committee has announced a new date for its Harmony Day celebration: Saturday June 24. The event was set to take place on March 19, but was postponed due to rainy weather. “It looks like it’s going to be even bigger than the one in March was going to be,” says publicity officer Kathleen Werry. “The Gallery Foundation [Grafton Regional Gallery] was also unable to have its Harmony Day event, so they’ve teamed up with us to make one big ...

Maclean Sports Centre management nears resolution

Clarence Valley Council (CVC) has resolved to call tenders for the maintenance and operation of the Maclean Sports Centre. The decision, taken in a confidential session at last week’s council meeting, includes continuing the current temporary management of the centre by Valley Pool Services P/L at a cost of “$5,700 per month until such time that the successful tenderer takes occupation of the facility”. The decision was made in a confidential session because the report to council ...