Official Opening Night

Top row L-R: • CVC mayor Jim Simmons officially opens the LCACA Clarence River Arts Festival on Thursday evening at the Maclean Showground. • (centre) Winner of the photography section Zol Straub with special guest Ian Tiley and Maclean Chamber of Commerce president Peter Gordon. • (centre) Winner of both 1st and 2nd place in woodwork was Bill Andrews, with special guest Ian Tiley (left) and Maclean Chamber of Commerce president Peter Gordon. Middle row L-R: • Winner of both ...

Wildfire of the Broom

The Last Brumby of Brooms Head, a painting by Woombah artist Danielle Bilson, is the overall winner across all entries at the Lower Clarence Arts and Crafts Association’s 52nd annual exhibition, held at the Maclean showground over the weekend, July 9 – 12. Ms Bilson said she painted the brumby because she “wanted a lot of people to know his history”. “He’s fought twice for his freedom; once through the bushfires when he lost his whole mob, and when they captured his new ...

Damaged road’s repair in limbo

Trucks hauling gravel from quarries to the new highway’s construction are damaging some of Clarence Valley Council’s (CVC) roads, but who is taking responsibility for their repairs? Watts Lane at Harwood is one of those roads and it’s not clear which entity will make repairs to its surface, allegedly damaged by trucks carrying heavy loads of gravel. The issue was raised with the council by an Ashby resident who wrote to CVC in an email on June 15: “I want to bring to your attent...

One, two, three red lights

At next week’s Clarence Valley Council (CVC) meeting, councillors will consider whether or not to include the installation of traffic lights on the corner of Treelands Drive and Yamba Road, as a condition of approval for a Coles service station at the site. The council’s staff has recommended traffic lights instead of constructing the long-planned for roundabout at the troublesome intersection. In January 2013, the Independent reported: “The construction of traffic control infrast...

NAIDOC week celebrations

NAIDOC week celebrations took place around the Clarence valley last week. Possibly the largest celebration in the Clarence Valley was the NAIDOC family fun day, which took place at the Grafton Showground on Thursday. The event which was organised by the Clarence Valley Goorie Interagency attracted a huge crowd. Over 1600 people, excluding service providers, filed through the gates on the day. This year’s NAIDOC week theme was ‘Our languages Matter’. One of the organisers of this ...

CVC winning ‘war on waste’ coffee cups

“Did you know [takeaway] coffee cups can't be recycled in Australia?” was the premise for an episode of ABC TV’s recently screened three-episode show, War ON Waste – but Clarence Valley Council (CVC) disagrees. The show’s host Craig Reucassel told viewers that the majority of takeaway coffee cups have a polythene liner to prevent moisture reaching the cardboard and said that a billion cups (92 percent) go to landfill in Australia each year. In its July 1 edition of its weekly ...

Defibrillators saving lives locally

The Yamba Rotary Club has installed four new defibrillators in Yamba, bringing the number of these life saving machines in the town to 11. These new machines have been placed on the outside wall of several Yamba businesses; Yamba/Iluka Real Estate (on the corner of Wooli and Yamba Streets), Elders Real Estate in Coldstream Street, Andrew Harris Engineering (Uki Street Yamba Industrial Estate) and Raymond Laurie Sports Centre (just off Angourie Road). Yamba Rotary Club member Gayle Doe ...

Play School visits Harwood sugar mill

There was a lot of excitement at the Harwood sugar mill recently, when a crew from ABC TV’s children’s show, Play School, visited to film a segment titled: To Market, To Market. “This series explores our food’s journey from paddock to plate – looking at environment, weather and seasons, as well as the machinery and facilities involved in food production,” a Sunshine Sugar spokesperson said. “We were able to showcase our full production chain from the paddock to the finished ...

Grafton bridge crew join the rescue!

The Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter Service received a major boost last week with the staff of Fulton Hogan, who are constructing the new Grafton bridge, signing on to become a payroll supporter. The rescue helicopter service gave a presentation to the staff on site and laid out their ‘$2 Challenge’ workplace giving program. Community Liaison Officer with the rescue service, Jane Wayland, said “Our $2 Challenge campaign encourages staff at workplaces right across our northern ...

Grafton Relay For Life 2018 date announced

The date for the 2018 Grafton Relay For Life has been announced! The much anticipated biennial event will again be held on Saturday 24 & Sunday 25 March 2018 at Jabour Park, South Grafton. “We had wonderful support at the 2016 event, and we look forward to bringing the community together for another 18 hour community event under the stars to make a big difference in the fight against cancer,” said Abby Wallace, Community Relations Coordinator for Cancer Council NSW, Northern ...