Clarence Valley Tri Club athletes steal the show at Tri Yamba

Last weekend Yamba hosted the 11th race of the NSW Tri Series for triathletes. The Sunday event was the fourth-year Elite Energy (the organising company) had brought the annual events to the North Coast. The Yamba leg of this 12 stop tour saw triathletes of all ages and abilities compete across seven different distances held across Saturday and Sunday where in excess of 400 registered athletes took part. CEO of Elite Energy Mark Emerton said “We absolutely love coming down to Yamba, just ...

South Grafton’s oldest men’s bowler

Wednesday, April 26: No social bowls due to inclement weather. Friday, April 28: Men’s mixed barefoot bowls afternoon. There was a very poor turnout of only two rinks, mainly due to the amount of District and other commitments. Rink (1) - C Roger & L Bond d T Latter & L Perrett 34-20; Rink (2) - K Davis (swinging lead), M Mulligan & T Newsome d K Davis (SL), B Kenny & L Andrew 22-14. Winning Rink (1) - C Roger, L Bond. The chook end went to L Andrew, there were no ...

CRDWBA State Open Pairs Championship final

The CRDWBA State Open Pairs was played at Yamba Bowling Club on a bleak and cloudy Thursday, April 27 between South Grafton’s Candy Nixon and Merle King, against Maclean’s Jane Hannah and Lee Rae, with District president Alma Bowling welcoming the players and their supporters. Play commenced at 9am with Jane and Lee getting off to a good start leading 9-3 on the 5th end before Candy and Merle found their rhythm to reach 10-6 on the 7th end and a tight finish on the 8th end when both ...

Closure of Iluka Library to save money

Ed, The Council needs to grab some cash To fill the hole they’ve made But should our Library have to go To see their debts are paid? “Oh, you’ll be right” they blithely say “We’ll get a mobile van It won’t be there much in the month So catch it if you can”. But let Ilukans have a say In how to budget best We’d sell the Council’s office space To house some homeless guests. YOU move into the mobile van And to further shrink the price We’d outsource all the ...

To read or not to read?

Ed, You all know that a country that makes a more adequate investment in education results in a more educated community. And you can guarantee that a more educated nation is better equipped to make more effective decisions in today’s extremely complex and rapidly changing world, the future world our children and grandchildren inherit from us. For both our children and new residents from non-English speaking backgrounds, the ability to learn to read English is of fundamental importance. ...

Getting Council’s General Fund right

Ed, Council’s General Fund has operated at a loss each year since the amalgamations in 2004. The loss is an accounting loss after providing as an expense, an amount for depreciation (and eventual replacement) of assets. This provision is a substantial amount each year, say around $30M. In affect Council has not been fully funding the depreciation expense. On a cash basis, which is different to the accounting result, Council has operated responsibly. Council has to put the General Fund in a ...

Anzac Day at South Grafton

Ed, Representing Clarence Valley Council on Anzac Day I attended the dawn service at the Grafton cenotaph and laid a wreath at the 11am service at the Ulmarra cenotaph. Due to a misunderstanding my name was called to lay a wreath at the South Grafton cenotaph at 11.15am. I was not rostered to attend the South Grafton service as it clashed with the Ulmarra service and no other councillor was available. I just want to clarify the situation in case anyone attending wondered why I hadn’t ...

Fundraiser for lifesaving operation

‘Paige’s Fantasy Fun Day Fundraiser’ is being held at the Iluka Bowls Club starting at noon this Sunday May 7. Ten-year-old Paige Humphreys suffers from portal vein thrombosis, which Chicago-based doctor, Richard Superina, describes as “a relatively rare condition”. Expanding on the condition’s rarity he says in a video on Paige’s gofundme webpage: “We don’t really know what the incidence of portal vein thrombosis is. “Even if it was one in 10,000 children, no ...

Yamba Triathlon

Yamba’s Lindsay Wall has taken out the Yamba Ultimate Triathlon Festival’s, ‘Ultimate’ solo event on Sunday. Wall completed the gruelling 1.9km swim, 9km bike and 21.1km run in a time of four hours and 11 minutes. Mr Wall said that he appreciated not having to travel, to compete in the weekend’s event. “It was good to be able to sleep in my own bed,” said Mr Wall. “It’s pretty special competing in familiar territory and having the home town advantage.” Mr Wall said ...

It’s about listening and openness

Clarence Valley’s councillors continued their listening ‘tour’ with a two-hour session in Yamba St, Yamba last Friday. Mayor Jim Simmons said people were invited to speak with councillors about any council-related activity. “We had a good response to our first session at Grafton Shoppingworld last week,” he said in a media release. This initiative, by councillors to informally meet with people, dovetails with acting general manager Ashley Lindsay’s statement in the Clarence ...