Magpies topple competition leaders

In an exciting match at Yamba last Sunday, the Lower Clarence Magpies put on their best performance of the year to topple competition leaders Evans Head Bombers 40 – 28. The Magpies earned a standing ovation from the crowd at Yamba and sent shockwaves through the competition with their first win of the season. Competition leaders, the Bombers, underestimated the home team, who were unlucky to get beaten in their previous two home matches. During the week, coach Dan Randell said his ...

Iluka Cossacks get educated

Last Saturday the Iluka Cossacks hosted the big improvers of the 2017 season, the Yamba Buccaneers in the first of three local derbies this season. Any doubts about Yamba being favourites for this season’s title were erased when the Buccaneers gave the Cossacks an education in rugby as they outplayed Iluka in all facets of the game running out winners 41-5. Before an enormous home crowd the game that promised everything delivered everything in spades. From brutal defence, classic tries, ...

Grafton Women’s Golf

Thursday’s 36-hole silver cup feature event for the May tournament had an exciting finish, Armidale’s Amanda Carr crowned the winner with 163, one up on Coolangatta-Tweed’s Jodie Rockliff. The 36-hole nett winner was Louise Frickman of Kyogle on 143. Former Grafton ladies club champion, Janette Blair, was the winner of the Dorothy Sparkes Memorial Rose Bowl with a score of 148, which is a closed nett event for Grafton players only. Another player of note was Grafton’s Judy ...

Introducing: The Undecided

In 1965, Roger Daltrey declared, ‘I hope I die before I get old’, as he stuttered his way through The Who’s anthemic ‘My Generation’. Re-declaring those words at the age of 67, while closing the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, could not have entered his imagination at the time; nor could he have imagined he would be bestowed a CBC (Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) in 1999. In the Who’s second single, ‘Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere’, Daltrey sang ‘I ...

Maclean ambulance changes put ‘lives at risk’

Staffing changes at the Maclean ambulance station will not result in the availability of extra ambulances and will actually put lives at risk, according to paramedics. Despite an increase in staffing at the station, Australian Paramedics Association NSW [APA NSW] president Steve Pearce has described changes as “ludicrous”. “This is a ludicrous decision by NSW Ambulance to beef up paramedic numbers but at the same time adjust rosters to eliminate night-time call outs in which ...

Future of Maclean helipad up in the air

The future of the decommissioned helipad at Maclean hospital remains uncertain, as bureaucrats assess the cost of improving it to meet new benchmarks. The helipad, which is built on hospital grounds, was officially opened in 2005 with money raised by the community and the Maclean Rotary Club. The rotary club raised an amazing $35,000 and was matched with a Commonwealth Regional Partnership grant of $38,500 to make up the total construction cost. A media release put out by Wayne Jones, ...

How many employees are the right ‘fit’?

Clarence Valley Council (CVC) is consulting the public about its proposed $15million special rate variation (SRV) and services cutback. To achieve this, CVC has proposed cuts to staff numbers through the elimination of services. These service cuts result in savings of $2.19 million over the 17/18 financial year – as adopted at the May council meeting and now on exhibition – due to a reduction of 23.9 full time equivalent employees (FTEs). Total savings over the four-year period to 2020/21 ...

Councillor nominates six fitness plans for CVC

At the May council meeting, several councillors called for the community to come up with a ‘Plan B’ or a ‘magic bullet’ to relieve councillors of having to make “hard decisions” to meet the NSW Government’s Fit for the Future requirements. Councillors voted unanimously at the May council meeting to apply for a special rates variation (SRV) and some service cuts, with a threat of many more service cuts if an application for an SRV is not adopted following the community consultat...

Buttons, bells and whistles

Data sought and paid for by NSW Greens MP Justin Field has revealed that Clarence Valley residents fed $73,894,951 into poker machines in just three months last year; however, losses are well below the state average. The data, obtained from the government’s Liquor and Gaming NSW, analyses club and hotel turnover and income from electronic gaming machines for the last quarter of 2016. It showed that the Clarence put $73,894,951 into poker machines in a three-month period. Five hundred and ...

McKimm’s win naming rights to Grafton Cup

McKimm’s Real Estate in Grafton has won the naming rights to this year’s July Racing Carnival’s flagship Grafton Cup. The Kensei Club naming rights draw took place at a function which was held at the Clarence River Jockey Club (CRJC), on Saturday evening. An elated Angus McKimm said that he was ‘stoked’ to win the naming rights, two years in a row. “We’re the happiest and luckiest business owners in the Clarence Valley,” Mr McKimm said. “We are blown away to be the ...