waterhouse wins again

The 2017 July racing carnival concluded on Sunday, with a family fun day and the running of the Maclean Cup. Clarence River Jockey Club [CRJC] CEO Michael Beattie said that despite a drop off in crowd numbers, this year’s carnival went particularly well. “The crowds were down just marginally across the carnival which is of slight concern to us and certainly something we will be trying to investigate into the future,” Mr Beattie said. “The betting turnover was pretty much on par ...

Councillor withdraws from Yamba service station decision

At yesterday’ Clarence Valley Council (CVC) meeting (after the Independent went to press) two of the valley’s councillors, Peter Ellem and Debrah Novak, had different ideas about how to deal with non-pecuniary interest when considering a development application to construct a service station at the corner of Treelands Drive and Yamba Road, Yamba. At an onsite meeting before last week’s Environment, Planning & Community Committee meeting on Tuesday July 11, director Des Schroder ...

The art and engineering of fashion

Former Maclean High School student Taran Battye was born to be a fashion designer ... now the 20-year-old’s designs have been chosen to feature at the Melbourne Spring Fashion Week in September. He also features in the July edition of American fashion magazine, Sheeba, where his quote – “My design philosophy revolves around the idea of designing fashion as fashion, rather than designing fashion as menswear and womenswear.” – provides a snippet of attitude to lead the reader into ...

Mayoral tick of approval

It was a golden occasion for five young athletes – Rhiannah Woods, Alyssa Luland, James Bertolli, Zali Burke and Elizabeth Hyne – when Clarence Valley’s mayor Jim Simmons presented each of them with a gold medal, previously won by their mentor and coach Tom Hancock. During the small ceremony at the Maclean council chambers on Friday July 14, Cr Simmons briefly outlined the goings on in the chambers. “Some pretty interesting things happen in here,” he told the athletes and their ...

Guided by dogs

Guide Dogs NSW made a presentation to around 30 people – both Yamba Historical Society and community members – at the Yamba Museum on Wednesday July 12. The event was one of the many features of the Animals and Us exhibition currently on show at the museum. Guide Dogs NSW community liaison officer Jill Nelson spoke about the work guide dogs do and “took us through their training, from the time they are born until they go to the puppy raiser for 12 months at the age of eight weeks,” ...

How sweet it is

The New South Wales Opposition leader Luke Foley and shadow minister for the north coast Walt Secord have told the north coast’s sugar industry that NSW Labor opposes the introduction of a sugar tax. The men visited the Harwood sugar mill and refinery last Thursday July 13. “We oppose the introduction of a sugar tax because we believe it will hit north coast jobs,” Mr Secord told the Independent. “We told growers, workers and the mill’s operators that a sugar tax would be a tax ...

Avenue Road detour kicks in next week for Woolgoolga to Ballina Upgrade

Roads and Maritime Services is reminding motorists of changed traffic conditions on the Pacific Highway and nearby roads this week for work to progress on the Woolgoolga to Ballina upgrade. From Monday 17 July, motorists travelling on Avenue Road at Glenugie will be detoured via Old Six Mile Lane or Wants Lane for about a month while Avenue Road is widened to two lanes from the Eight Mile Lane intersection to north of Wants Lane. Full access to Wants Lane and Old Six Mile Lane will be ...

Horse owners encouraged to vaccinate against Hendra virus

The NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) is encouraging horse owners to vaccinate their horses against Hendra virus. This month, an unvaccinated horse had to be euthanased at a property near Lismore, after samples from the horse tested positive to Hendra virus. DPI’s Chief Veterinary Officer, Dr Christine Middlemiss said it was imperative that horse owners take all steps they possibly can to reduce the chances of their horses becoming infected with Hendra virus. “Horse owners ...

Painting for life

Jim Hourigan (pictured at Yamba Fair last week) likes to paint and when all is done and dusted, profits from his labours of love are donated to charity. “It used to be delivering pictures to hospitals,” he says, “but this time I’ll probably give any profit to the Maclean hospital auxiliary or something like that”. Keep an eye out for Jim and his artworks, which will be on display at the Yamba Bowling Club over coming weeks; before he packs up his pictures, paints and paper and ...

Green future for Yamba River Markets

The licence to operate the popular Yamba River Markets has been awarded to Live Prawn Productions Inc, following a successful tender process. The not-for-profit association has operated the market since 2008 and during that time seen a rise in the number of stalls and customers. Market Coordinator Gary Brisbane said, “We’ve refined the operating model over the years, welcomed community groups and cultivated loyal stallholders. It feels as though the market’s reputation as a community ...