Quality not quantity
There was only one entrant in this year’s Brooms Head (fun run) Mountain Bike Ride and his focus was on training, not competing.
Rob Lennon cycled from his home in Ashby to take part in the 27klm bike ride, before cycling back home.
He has been competing in off-road triathlons for six months and competed in the XTerra off-road Asia Pacific titles in Malaysia, earlier this year.
Lennon qualified for the XTerra World Championships, which will be held at the end of October this ...
Heads-up on Grafton community centre
Clarence Valley Council (CVC) is amid negotiations to establish “a service the community has been crying out for” at the Grafton Community and Function Centre.
Last week, CVC’s acting general manager Ashley Lindsay spoke at the monthly meeting of Grafton Senior Citizens, which is a regular user of the Duke Street facility.
The council markets the centre as “the ideal venue for your next conference or meeting”.
There has been speculation that the mystery tenant, which will lease ...
Classic Car Clubs visit the valley
Around 80 members of the Summerland Sports and Classic Car Club from Lismore and C.ex Coffs Sports Touring and Classic Car Club from Coffs Harbour met up for lunch at the Brushgrove Hotel on Sunday.
The clubs regularly combine for social events such as this and enjoy showing off their prized classic cars while swapping stories.
Pictured is Madison Smith 3 of Woolgoolga, in her 30 year old “VW Beetle”, which her father Luke grew up with.
Image: Lynne Mowbray.
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Valley Chambers join forces
Last week the Clarence valley’s five Chambers of Commerce met to discuss opportunities to collaborate and form a peak business body.
Ten representatives from Iluka /Woombah, Yamba, Maclean, Grafton and Wooli worked together and have unanimously agreed in principle, to form the body to be known as ‘The Clarence Valley Combined Business Chamber’.
Secretary of Maclean Chamber Ken Pierce said that there is a lot of detail to work through over the next month or so, particularly in ...
NSW Rural Fire Service presentation day
The NSW Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) honoured its Clarence Valley volunteers, at a presentation day which was held at the RFS headquarters in Ulmarra, on Saturday.
The event acknowledged the service to our community, by our local RFS volunteers.
A total of 49 volunteers were presented with long service medals by Member for Clarence Mr Chris Gulaptis and NSW RFS Senior Assistant Commissioner Bruce McDonald AFSM.
Mr Gulaptis recognised that in total, these medal recipients have accumulated ...
Lions Club call out to save Brooms Head fun run
Despite last week’s dismal weather, the sun shone for the running of this year’s annual Lions Club Brooms Head fun run, on Sunday.
Despite the excellent conditions, the event saw a drop in competitor numbers.
Maclean Lions Club member Laurie Fitzpatrick attributed the lack of numbers, to the amount of rain which fell across the valley, in the lead up to this year’s event.
“I think the inclement weather dampened the enthusiasm,” said Mr Fitzpatrick.
“We’ve had up to 100 ...
Tattoo art exhibition opens
The Port of Yamba Historical Society Yamba Museum held the official opening of its latest exhibition of Tattoo Art (animal tattoos), on Friday night in the museums Old Kirk building.
One of the exhibitors, tattooist Ben Ross spoke of people’s affinity with animals and their popularity, when choosing a tattoo.
“I’ve tattooed scorpions, snakes, tigers, dragons and other mythical pets and even deceased pets,” Mr Ross said.
“Animals play a big part of tattooing.”
Chris Moran, an ...
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 ...
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 ...
Funding arrives for CCTV cameras
Federal Member for Page Kevin Hogan last week announced the delivery of $200,000 funding, for CCTV cameras in Grafton and South Grafton.
Mr Hogan said that prior to the last election he was approached by local businesses asking for funding for these cameras.
“This funding will allow a roll-out of cameras and equipment in Grafton and South Grafton CBDs,” Mr Hogan said.
Grafton Chamber of Commerce executive member Mark Butler said that the chamber welcomed the announcement.