James Ryan is ‘Lifesaver of the Year’

Yamba Surf Club's Director of Lifesaving, James Ryan (pictured), was recently honoured with the prestigious 'Lifesaver of the Year' award at the Far North Coast Branch 'Awards of Excellence' night held in Ballina. The winners of various categories were selected from members of surf clubs from Fingal in the north to Yamba in the south. James' extraordinary contribution to the core function of lifesaving within Yamba Surf Club saw him complete in excess of 200 volunteer patrol hours throug...

Yaegl woman’s art up in lights

Yaegl artist Frances Belle Parker of Maclean has been chosen as one of five First Nations artists from around Australia and the Torres Strait to have their works projected onto the sails of the Sydney Opera House. The exhibition is called Badu Gili, meaning ‘water light’, in the language of the Gadigal people who were the traditional owners of Bennelong Point. The illuminated work of the artists will take place at dusk and 7pm each evening on the eastern Bennelong sail of the Opera ...

Jacarandas candidates line up

The 2017 Jacaranda Festival kicked off on Sunday afternoon with the annual ‘Meet and Greet’ afternoon tea, which was held at the Grafton District Services Club. The event which is usually reserved for the Jacaranda committee, family and friends, was open this year to the general public. Each of the 2016 Jacaranda Queens party spoke briefly, before this year’s eight Jacaranda Queen Candidates, were presented to the gathering. The candidates introduced themselves to the crowd, before ...

Service cuts + SRV = fit for the future

Clarence Valley Council (CVC) last week adopted its blueprint to meet the NSW Government’s demand that it is ‘Fit for the Future’ come 2020/21. Councillors, apart from Deborah Novak and the absent Arthur Lysaught, endorsed CVC’s “revised Fit for the Future reassessment proposal, which incorporates improvement strategies [adopted] as part of Council’s 2017-2021 Delivery Program, 2017/18 Operational Plan and Long Term Financial Plan”, as recommended by staff in the report to last ...

Wreck remembered

Page MP Kevin joined Iluka History Group’s president, Bob Carr – and a good role-up of interested citizens – for the unveiling of a plaque that marks the location of the Royal Australian Navy tug, HMAS Waree, which sank while attempting to cross the Clarence River bar on October 17, 1946. The plaque’s installation was initiated by the Iluka History Group in response to queries from interested locals and visitors. Last Thursday June 29, Mr Hogan said in a media release that the ...

McLachlan Park funding allocated

Clarence Valley’s councillors last week unanimously approved Clarence Coast Reserve Trust’s implementation of S1.8million of federal funding to complete ‘Area 2’ of McLachlan Park, Maclean. Page MP Kevin Hogan and Minister for Regional Development Senator Fiona Nash – who approved the grant application – offered the grant to Clarence Valley Council (CVC) during the 2016 federal election. The grant was originally offered to construct a boardwalk; however, CVC instead resolved to ...

Clarence Valley councillors decline pay rise

Clarence Valley councillors have declined to give themselves a pay rise. Councillors voted unanimously at last week’s council meeting to decline increases allowed under the Local Government Remuneration Tribunal guidelines. Councillors have not accepted increases since 2013/14; and will continue to receive $17,490 a year. The maximum allowable under the guidelines for a regional rural council, such as Clarence Valley’s, is $19,310. The mayor will receive an additional $35,525 ...

To pray, or not to pray

Clarence Valley’s councillors have voted to “reaffirm [the council’s] position of holding an opening prayer in the order of business within the Code of Meeting Practice”. It has been common practice to open each council meeting with a prayer since Clarence Valley Council (CVC) was created in 2004; however, it was not a part of the code of meeting practice. At the April council meeting, Cr Greg Clancy put a motion to “cancel the current program of prayers at Council meetings”; ...

Foxes targeted in Northern Rivers baiting program

The annual Northern Rivers fox baiting on public land between Brunswick Heads and Iluka – to protect threatened shorebirds – is set to begin next week. National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS), pest management officer Lisa Wellman said Bundjalung National Park was among the priority areas, which also include the Brunswick Heads and Richmond River nature reserves and Broadwater National Park. “Baits will be laid in the coastal dunes and management trails of these parks and reserves ...

New Lawrence Landcare group ready to regenerate

Members of the newly formed Lawrence Community Landcare group learned the finer points of weed control at a field day held at the Lawrence cricket grounds last Thursday June 29. “We are currently a small dedicated group that aims to return some of our local native vegetation to the area to increase biodiversity, wildlife corridors and habitat for our native fauna,” group member Jasmine Oakes said. Ms Oakes said the group is also focusing its efforts on protecting and preserving listed ...