Masters Swim Carnival Success

  Swimmers from 22 clubs from all over Australia competed last weekend in the Clarence River Masters annual carnival in Yamba. Despite inclement conditions there were some standout performances across all age divisions and featuring many of our own Clarence competitors. Highlights included: First place for Erla McGregor, Leonie Daley, and Tony Hayman; also featuring in the top finishers were David Abrahams, Sarah Daley, Jane Lawrence, Jim Wheeler, and Bobbie Winger. Congratulations ...

South Grafton Women’s Bowls

2017 SGWBC Club Championship Pairs, Tuesday June 6: Rink 3 - A Bunn and C Nixon d P Knox and S Austen 21-9. Social bowls: Rink 2 - D Allison, B Ford and G Cupples d V Holroyd, M Williams and G Cupples 14-13. Rink 4 - D Rankin, H Nickless and C Kane d J Pholi, P Harvey and M Andrew 17-7. Rink 5 - B Essex, M Sales and H Nichols d M King, N Graham and D McLachlan 20-9. Rink 6 - M Moran (swinging lead), D Fitzsimmons and P Lollback d M Moran (SL), M Mulligan and G Ryan 29-10. Winning ...

150 reasons to celebrate

What do the Australian artist Arthur Street, poet Henry Lawson and Harwood Island Cricket Club have in common? Not a whole lot, however they all began their life in 1867 and Harwood Island Cricket Club has great plans to mark the occasion for their 150th year and celebrate in fine style. Harwood Island Cricket ground is a private owned cricket club, which is managed by the community. Club president Tim McMahon and his committee have already started planning for the celebration naming ...

Motor rockers

Fat Albert’s engine has been purring for more than a decade, pumping out foot-stomping, sweat-dripping rock ’n' roll. Whether you like to mosh and sweat, dance and groove, or just sit and watch, the boys have your musical tastes covered. They live for this game; so do yourself a favour and check them out at the Yamba Shores Tavern this Saturday night June 17; you will not be disappointed.

The Gallery Foundation’s case for retaining funding

Grafton Regional Gallery’s peak supporter organisation, The Gallery Foundation, argued the following case, in a media release, for retaining its funding. Grafton Regional Gallery ... has a reputation of being one of the foremost regional galleries in Australia. Holding a collection with an insured value of $2.3 million, it is also the home to national treasures such as the Clarence Valley Photography John William Lindt collection, which has deep cultural significance to the Clarence Valley ...

Politician’s service recognised

The late Honourable Ian Louis Robinson has been awarded a posthumous Order of Australia Medal (OAM) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List “for service to the Parliaments of Australia and New South Wales”. Late of Grafton, Mr Robinson’s contribution to Australian political life was mentioned in several speeches in both the Senate and House of Representatives on March 27 and 29, 2017 respectively, following his death on March 23. Senator George Brandis gave the following summary (in ...

Saving lives gets political

A meeting will take place on Thursday this week at the office of Member for Clarence Chris Gulaptis between local paramedics and the NSW Ambulance Service. The meeting has been called to discuss issues regarding the newly implemented 24-hour roster, at the Maclean ambulance station. Mr Gulaptis said last week that he’d met with the paramedics in Maclean some time ago regarding the new roster. “I have raised the matter with the minister for health, in support of the paramedics’ request ...

Gallery fights for survival

The Grafton Regional Gallery is set to lose up to $300,000 in annual funding if Clarence Valley Council (CVC) sticks to its review of the valley’s galleries and museums. The council’s improvement strategies document – on exhibition until 4pm this Friday – proposes to make the cut in the 2018/19 financial year, and has factored further cuts of $7,500 and $7,688 over the two subsequent years. The council’s service plans for 2017/18 –also currently on exhibition – state that ...

Councillor’s 10-year SRV effect

The public consultations on Clarence Valley Council’s (CVC) operational plan, budget and long-term plans have been completed – and the time for people to make submissions regarding the proposed special rate variation (SRV) and service cuts expires at 4pm on Friday June 16. Meanwhile, Cr Andrew Baker came up with an alternative view on how to assess the impact of an SRV; one he promoted to all who were willing to listen. From May 31 to June 4, the council conducted semi-formal consul...

Tavern comes aboard for whale watching

Matt Muir from Yamba Shores Tavern has joined forces with Dave Gaden’s Reel Time Charters, for this season’s whale watching tours, out of Yamba. The two friends have worked together on other ventures over the years and have decided to operate the whale watching tours from the tavern, on Saturdays and Sundays. Mr Muir said that the 70-metre long pontoon at the tavern provided the perfect spot for the charters to depart. “The two departure times on Saturday and Sunday, will be 9am and ...