Athletic Success

Maclean High School student Rhiannah Woods recently returned from the NSW Combined High Schools Athletic Championships, where she threw a personal best 11.23 metres (previously 10.97) to win the bronze medal in the 14 years age group. When asked what she put her success down to, she answered: “Tom!” Woods said she would continue to “train hard next year and improve” enough to compete at state level in the three throws events: shot put, javelin and discuss. The winning throw at the ...

Social Ten Pin Final

Image Caption: Grand final champions, Split Happens. Images: Contributed Lynne Mowbray The Bowlo Sports and Leisure Yamba have just held their social ten pin bowling competition which was won by “Split Happens”.| The weekly competition which is run over an eight week season is more about having fun than serious competition. The three teams at the top of the ladder (Split Happens, Nath’s Auto and Handymen) had tied going into the grand final, with Split Happens and Nath’s Auto ...

Croquet fever hits the Clarence Valley

In what appears to be an emerging sport in the Clarence, Lawrence Golf and Recreation Club hosted a croquet sign-on and registration day last week. Despite it being one of the most uncomfortable days of the year, the day went very well. Thirty knot winds, aside the twenty eight intrepid croquet players battled on to see some remarkable shots, considering the gale force winds. The Lawrence Golf and Recreation Club will host the croquet as a sub-committee of the main organisation. Acco...

Same sex couples

Ed, Marriage is the sexual union of male and female by which new life is created. Is it biologically possible for same sex couples? There is the answer for your vote. Bill Newton, Gulgong

Dr Ian Tiley appointment

Ed, I see that Dr Tiley has gained a position with the Armidale Regional Council and will contest the mayoral position. I hope he gains that and the support of other councillors, as nationally he leads the drive for constitutional recognition of Local Government. To my knowledge there is no one else in Australia that has tried as hard as Ian Tiley to commit so much to this very first and important level of government. Thomas Macindoe, Yamba

Prepare now for an emergency

Ed, For many of us it’s unthinkable. Until it happens, and then it’s too late. We all face emergencies: as large as a bushfire or as personal as a medical crisis. They can all be devastating, as so many people found out last year in the flooding across much of northern NSW in the aftermath of severe Cyclone Debbie. In Emergency Preparedness Week (17-24 September 2017), Red Cross is asking you to take one easy action to make your next emergency less stressful. These are simple and ...

Rabobank gets a taste of NSW sugar industry

Image Caption: Touring the Harwood facility (l-r) Chris Connors – CEO (Sunshine Sugar); Mr David Barraclough - executive director corporate banking (Rabobank); Els Kamphof - wholesale and corporate banking, Australia & New Zealand (Rabobank); Andrew Fischer - cane grower; Jim Sneesby - cane grower and director (Sunshine Sugar); Alex Kelly - corporate banking, food & agribusiness (Rabobank). Image: Contributed. Executives from major agribusiness bank, Rabobank, toured parts of the ...

New electronic speed limit signs for Pacific Highway

Image Caption: NSW Minister for Roads, Melinda Pavey giving the go-ahead to the Transport Management Centre in Sydney to switch on the new electronic speed limit signs for the first time on the Woolgoolga-Ballina section of the Pacific Highway upgrade. The Minister is pictured with Clarence MP, Chris Gulaptis and General Manager Pacific Highway, Bob Higgins. Image: Contributed New electronic speed signs are now in place on the Pacific Highway south of Broadwater, with the traffic management ...

Yamba’s ocean rock pool is back open for business

Image Caption: Ocean swimmers make good use of the re-opened Yamba ocean rock pool. Image: Contributed The pool, at the town’s Main Beach, opened again last Thursday after being closed since early August when water levels dropped to unsafe levels because of cracks in the structure. During the closure and while the pool was empty, the Clarence Valley Council had marine engineering specialists inspect it. They identified a short-term solution in consultation with council staff and will ...

Wheelie bin rampage

Lynne Mowbray Vandals went on a wild rampage during Sunday evening, driving around the streets of Maclean, Palmers Island and Yamba destroying wheelie bins, with their vehicle. According to Coffs Clarence Local Area Command Duty Officer, Inspector Hanzic, in excess 50 bins have so far been reported to police. “Two people have been identified and are assisting police,” Inspector Hanzic said. “We’re investigating the extent of the incident and waiting on anyone who has had ...