Help shape the future of the Clarence

Clarence Valley residents have made it clear they want a safe and inclusive community and are now being invited to a series of workshops where they can help make that happen. Early this year the Clarence Valley Council undertook widespread community consultation as part of its review of the community strategic plan, The Clarence 2027, and the overwhelming response was that people of all ages wanted a community that was safe and inclusive. Council’s community services coordinator, Dan ...

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 ...

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”; ...

Reminder to contact council about public safety issues

The discovery of syringes and needles in one of Grafton’s parks has prompted the Clarence Valley Council to issue a reminder to residents about how to report such incidents. Council acting general manager, Ashley Lindsay, said council only became aware of the issue after one of the councillors saw it posted on Facebook. “Social media is a handy tool, but it is not the way to report incidents like this,” he said. “People should call council immediately if they see needles or other ...

Insurers get more detailed Clarence Valley flood data

A date sharing arrangement between the Clarence Valley Council and the Insurance Council of Australia should help insurance companies write policies that better reflect actual flooding risk. Council’s works and civil director, Troy Anderson, said there were different types of flood mapping available, ranging from simple flood extent maps showing whether an area was wet or dry in a defined flood event (eg 1-100 year flood), to more complex flood maps detailing the expected flood heights and ...

Mystery solved: Clarence Valley woman celebrates “shock” $1.4 million Lotto win

Four days after the draw, a Clarence Valley woman came forward last to claim her $1.4 million division one prize from the Lotto $21 Million Superdraw. NSW Lotteries confirmed the win to the unregistered player, ending the mystery around the unclaimed prize. The woman’s entry was one of 15 nationally, and one of five in New South Wales, that won a share of the Saturday Lotto $21 Million Superdraw draw 3749 on Saturday 24 June 2017. She purchased her 24-game QuickPick entry from Maclean ...

Vintage caravan display to highlight at Grafton’s Shannon’s Motorfest

One of the feature exhibits in the forthcoming Shannon’s Motorfest, being conducted by the Grafton Vintage Motor Vehicle Club will be a display of vintage caravans, with over 25 to 30 vans and their owners expected to attend. The Motorfest, scheduled to run over September 16-17 this year will be held at the Clubs Jabour Park complex, Minden Street, South Grafton. Camping and caravanning is currently one of the more popular recreational pastimes in Australian, and owners enjoy nothing more ...

Clarence MP will negotiate for a ‘better deal’

Clarence MP Chris Gulaptis says the NSW Government’s 2017/18 budget is a “win for the Clarence Valley” and that he “is negotiating for an even better deal”. In his media release on the subject he said: “Strong management of the NSW economy has enabled the Government to lock in funding on major projects like the Pacific Highway upgrade, and the new bridge and gaol at Grafton. “The Budget commits the Government to spending an astonishing one billion dollars on roads in the ...

CVC to measure staff’s engagement

  Clarence Valley’s councillors yesterday (after the Independent went to press) considered whether or not to have the council’s staff complete an “employee engagement survey”. The survey, if it is undertaken, would aim to objectively “measure staff behaviours, perceptions, and satisfaction with their work in order to assess their level of engagement”. Clarence Valley Council’s (CVC) strategic organisation action plan (SOAP) advocates, as a key task, the undertaking of ...

Celebrate NAIDOC Week in Grafton

The Clarence Valley NAIDOC family fun day will be held on Thursday July 6 from 10am to 2pm at the Grafton showground. This year’s theme is ‘Our Languages Matter’. The family fun day provides an opportunity to celebrate Aboriginal culture and languages. Activities will include a free sausage sizzle, language demonstrations, mechanical bull, jumping castle, service provider stalls, commercial stalls, entertainment, indigenous games, prizes and dancing. For further information call 6642 ...