Airport’s passenger numbers improve

A report to yesterday’s Clarence Valley Council meeting says passenger numbers passing through the council’s Grafton Airport have improved, however, the numbers are not high enough to cover the cost of running the facility. “In the month of November 2016, the passenger numbers that passed through Grafton Airport were 1,973, this figure is the best since October 2008, November figures are up by 19.14 per cent on November 2015 and that figure [is] up over 20 per cent on November ...

NSW government supports upgrade of South Grafton New School of Arts

The NSW Government has this week announced $48,900 to fund the upgrade of facilities at the New School of Arts Neighbourhood House in South Grafton. The NSW Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW, John Barilaro, announced the funding as part of a regional tour through the Clarence Valley. Mr Barilaro said the NSW Government was pleased to be able partner with the local community to invest in an invaluable institution in the region. “Regional NSW has a diverse range of organisat...

Grafton chamber’s first breakfast meeting of the year

Around 40 people attended the Grafton Chamber of Commerce’s first breakfast meeting for the year which was held at the Grafton District Services Club [GDSC] on Thursday morning. Guest speakers at the breakfast were Coffs/Clarence Crime Prevention Officer Senior Constable Jonathon Murray, who presented a powerpoint presentation on ‘keeping your business crime safe’. SC Murray told the meeting that the average cost of crime against a business was nearly $5000 per annum and spoke about ...

Opportunity exists to express yourself

What kind of cultural events do you want to see in the Clarence Valley?  This is the question posed by Festival Director at Live Prawn Productions [LPP] Phil Nicholas. Mr Nicholas has been the event organiser for the ‘Surfing the Coldstream’ festival, an annual event in Yamba, over the last three years. Recently, questions have been posed as to why the popular music and cultural event ‘Surfing the Coldstream’ will not take place this year. Mr Nicholas said that despite what ...

The Spooky Men’s Chorale bring poignant wit and improbable facial hair

As thunderous as a herd of wildebeest, as sly as a wagonload of Spike Milligans, and as sonorous as a cloister of monks, the Spooky Men’s Chorale are a gift that keeps on giving. The 13 improbably bearded vocalists tour regional New South Wales for Musica Viva, taking their unforgettable concerts and workshops in collaboration with Arts North West. With repertoire ranging from Georgian table songs to immaculate ballads, vaudevillian nonsense and a mock Sufi ode to the Bee Gees, they have ...

Flying-fox colony modifications imminent

Clarence Valley Council (CVC) has secured funding of $34,000 under Stream 3 of the NSW Government’s Flying Fox Grant Program. The money, to be matched by CVC, will be used for further habitat modification and weed control around the footpath and houses most affected by the flying fox camp at Maclean. A report to next week’s council meeting states that the “proposed works involve further removal of Camphor Laurel from over the footpath and work on the buffer around the Nungera ...

Dutchie’s disabled sailing

The disabled community in the Clarence Valley now have the opportunity to utilise activities on the Clarence River, thanks to the generosity of a keen yachtsman. ‘Dutchie’ (as he prefers to be known) has made his 26 foot yacht available free of charge to the disabled community and for the last 12 months has assisted the disabled by giving them the opportunity to enjoy the experience of sailing on our beautiful river. “When I first came down here (to the Clarence Valley) from ...

Doris celebrates her 100th milestone

Doris Ford celebrated her 100th birthday at St Catherine’s Villa Grafton on February 3 surrounded by her family and friends. Mrs Ford’s nephew Richard Maguire said that Doris grew up at Waterview with her two older brothers and younger sister, on their parent’s farm. “Her father died when she was about five and her mother eventually got remarried, to Walter Ellem. That marriage produced three more sisters for Doris. “She attended school in South Grafton, finished at the age of ...

Map kit for the Clarence canoe and kayak trail officially launched

People in the know have been paddling the Clarence trail for years and now, with the launch of a map kit for the Clarence canoe and kayak trail, many more will be able to enjoy this world class adventure. A promotion and information tool, the map kit comprises of eight sections starting at the junction of the Nymboida and Little Nymboida rivers and finishing 195km later at Copmanhurst on the Clarence River. The kit was produced through partnership between Department of Industry (Lands) and ...

Kevin Jones OAM retires

Maclean RSL sub-branch president Kevin Jones OAM will be retiring at the end of the month, after three years service. Mr Jones who retired from his job in the police force in 1998 said that he and his wife Maureen moved to the Clarence Valley from Byron Bay, after Maureen retired in 2000. “In 2001 I was approached by Maclean Services Club board member Rod McPhee, to join the club,” said Mr Jones. “I went from director to chairman within two years.” Mr Jones remained president of ...