Flying under the radar

    When a Royal Australian Air Force C-17A Globemaster III began its flight up the Clarence River on Friday May 12, social media posts began appearing almost immediately. At 11.14am, as the plane continued its river-hugging flight, Maclean’s Gail Driscoll just happened to have a camera in her hands. “I was just lucky that I was out on the deck with my camera, getting ready to take photos of a cheeky young butcherbird,” she posted on the Independent’s ...

Government supports short-term rentals

Prompted by the collapse of a balcony in Yamba – at a house being used for a short-term rental in an area zoned where not permitted without consent – Clarence Valley Council has published a reminder in its weekly ‘block’ advertisement. “Council reminds property owners that using their dwelling for short-term accommodation could be contrary to zoning regulations for their area,” it stated. “Before allowing short-term accommodation in dwellings, owners should contact council’s ...

Community transport thanks volunteers

Clarence community transport held an open day on Thursday May 11, to coincide with volunteer week. Volunteers who dropped into the office on the day were presented with certificates of appreciation and were served refreshments. Clarence Community Transport’s corporate services manager, Desley Tyler, said that the open day was held to say thank-you to all their valuable volunteers. “They put in an amazing effort and without them we would not be able to continue our services to the ...

Harvester to optimise cane operations

The canegrower owned and operated North Clarence Harvesting Co-operative has taken delivery of a new John Deere harvester. Following a number of good seasons and a robust future outlook, the harvesting co-operative has given Chesterfield Australia its first sale of a new cane harvester since opening its doors in Maclean last year. Director of the North Clarence Harvesting Co-operative, Andrew Fischer, said: “Adding this advanced new harvester to our fleet ensures we continue to operate ...

Another milestone for McLachlan Park

The redevelopment of Maclean’s McLachlan Park hit another milestone this week when piles to support the new pontoon were hammered home. Clarence Valley Mayor, Jim Simmons, said the first phase of work for the installation of the new pontoons was now complete and testing was underway to determine the strength of the piles. “Once that’s done pile work will be finished and the installation of the new pontoon will start,” he said. “The plan is to complete the installation of the ...

Breakwater works resume after delay

Repair works to the southern breakwater at Yamba have resumed after a delay attributed to problems with rock supply. Clarence MP Chris Gulaptis said the work is part of the NSW Government’s Coastal Infrastructure Program designed to restore dilapidated coastal facilities, and is expected to be completed by October this year. “This project involves repairing sections of the breakwater along the river and ocean side, as well as the end 100m of the breakwater, which is in poor condition,” ...

Work to stabilise Gwydir slopes

Slope stabilisation works will be carried out 83 kilometres west of Grafton over the next three weeks. Traffic on the highway has been reduced to one lane for safety reasons since March after heavy rainfall in the wake of tropical cyclone Debbie. Roads and Maritime Services will carry out slope stabilisation so the road can be fully re-opened. One lane will remain closed while work takes place and there will be a three-metre width restriction due to the placement of one metre high barriers....

Tax cuts won’t create jobs

Ed, Look at these figures and see how the company tax cut won’t result in more jobs and wages. The key points are that the majority of Australian businesses are not companies and tax is not paid on the turnover, but the profit. The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) shows that as of 30 June 2016 only 37 per cent of all Australian businesses were companies; so the rest being sole traders (26 per cent), partnerships (13 per cent) and trusts (24 per cent) do not receive a cut. Anyone who is ...

Council budget scare tactics

Ed, It was bemusing, and a bit disappointing, that the tabled report indicating the list of services that Clarence Valley Council obviously regards as discretionary (Independent 10 May 2017) included cemeteries and legislated requirements such as meeting aged and access needs. Surely no responsible and reasonable elected representative would see such a range of services as optional. One does not expect such scaremongering tactics from elected officials… and particularly given the absence of ...

Relay a great success

Ed, On behalf of the 2017 Lower Clarence Relay for Life Committee I would like to extend our heartfelt thanks and gratitude to everyone in the Lower Clarence community who supported our Relay For Life event in Yamba on May 13 at the Yamba Public School. It was a success despite a major cancellation of our first relay date in March. The provisional amount raised so far is $71,025. This is absolutely incredible achievement for a small community. Funds raised from the relay will go toward world ...