What people are saying about closing Iluka library

There was a consensus among the people who have spoken to the Independent: the library must stay – and there are various reasons, some of which are outside of just borrowing books. The Iluka Chamber of Commerce’s president, Sonia Deakin, described it as a “vital part of the community; it’s such an asset to everyone”. She highlighted the community’s use of the library’s wi-fi among the various demographics. “It’s great for students and small businesses, too, if needs be; for ...

People ready to fight for Iluka library

Clarence Valley Council (CVC) is planning to close its library at Iluka and replace it with a mobile service, as part of its strategy to make savings and meet the NSW Government’s Fit for the Future goals. However, if the Independent’s trawl around Iluka’s community and observations of posts by concerned citizens on various social media sites are any indication, the councillors who take part in Friday’s listening tour, to take place outside the post office from noon to 2pm on ...

Funding boost for mental health services

The NSW Government has funded CRANES Community Support Programs to run the Clarence Coordinated Aftercare Service. Minister for Mental Health Tanya Davies and Member for Clarence Chris Gulaptis made the $1.4million announcement last Friday. The funding is part of a state-wide $8 million investment and will be used for suicide prevention initiatives in the Clarence Valley, “which reach out and support people who are at risk of suicide”. “The evidence shows that a suicide attempt is ...

Second stage of Clarence Village Gardens opens in Grafton

The second stage of Clarence Village Gardens retirement village, at 299 Queen Street Grafton, was officially opened on Friday last week. The official opening at the village club house, was officiated by village board chairman Geoff Sheppard. The Anglican Bishop of Grafton, The Right Reverend Dr Sarah MacNeil, assisted with the unveiling of the commemorative plaque, and blessed the village. The new village consists of 21 architecturally designed units - 16 two-bedroom units, and five ...

Increase rates or slash services: council

In a report tabled at Clarence Valley Council’s April meeting, staff identified 43 services that could be cut – to save $7.599 million over the next four years – if a proposal for a special rate variation (SRV) is unsuccessful. The cuts are roughly equivalent to the $7.08 million in revenue that would be generated by the proposed SRV: eight per cent for each of three years from 2018/19 to 2020/21 (including an estimated two per cent rate peg per annum). The SRV, if adopted, would result ...

Council clarifies balcony collapse

Following the collapse of a balcony at a Yamba property on Friday April 28, which resulted in injuries to eight people, the Independent sought information about the Clarence Street building’s history. Clarence Valley Council’s (CVC) Environment, Planning & Community director, Des Schroder, said in an emailed statement that “a building approval to construct a balcony at the rear of the premises was issued by the former Maclean shire council in 1995”. “A final inspection was ...

McDonalds a winner for Betty

Every morning since the Yamba McDonalds restaurant opened its doors in 2010, local resident Betty Sharpe has enjoyed having breakfast and a senior’s discount coffee there. Betty said that she has always loved McDonalds, even going so far as to celebrate her 50th birthday [several years ago], at McDonalds at Fairlight, near Manly in Sydney. “My children would always tell their father to hang on to the steering wheel as we drove past a McDonalds, saying that the car automatically turns ...

Bridge bats to be relocated

An innovative solution has been developed to help relocate a large colony of threatened bats from the existing Sportsmans Creek Bridge at Lawrence to the new crossing. A Roads and Maritime Services spokesperson said the Large-footed Myotis microbats were discovered during a biodiversity assessment. “Without putting the population at risk Roads and Maritime decided to install bat boxes on the existing bridge, which will be relocated to the new crossing once it’s completed,” The spokesp...

Councillors continue their listening sessions

Clarence Valley councillors have announced further dates for their current round of listening sessions across the council area. To date, councillors have held listening sessions at Grafton Shoppingworld, the Yamba CBD and most recently on Friday May 5, outside Farmer Lou’s in Skinner Street, South Grafton. Mayor Jim Simmons said there had been a good response to the sessions held so far and that the councillors who had attended said it had been a valuable exercise. “This is the level ...

Walk against cancer this weekend

Hundreds will take to the Yamba Public School playground on Saturday to walk again cancer as part of the 2017 Lower Clarence Relay for Life. The event will be held from midday to 9.30pm, after previously being postponed. The much-anticipated community event will be on the Yamba Public School oval and undercover area with teams taking part in a relay-style walk to raise funds to support Cancer Council NSW. The Lower Clarence Relay for Life is currently at 94 per cent of its goal of ...