Grafton to inverell cycle classic

ABOVE: New Zealand cyclist Keagan Girdlestone came close to death in June last year after being critically injured in a cycling accident in Italy. Keagan’s amazing recovery allowed him to take part in this year’s gruelling Grafton to Inverell Cycle Classic, finishing 55th out of over 300 competitors. LEFT: Cyclists head out of Grafton on the Gwydir Highway at the start of their gruelling ride to Inverell on Saturday.

Precious points

Angourie surfer Dan Ross has finished fourth at the 2017 Alley Classic, the first of three contests that decide Queensland’s champion, over the weekend. The former world championship tour surfer made the most of the “silky hollow and walling sections at a rainy and overcast Currumbin Alley”, finishing behind Queenslanders, James Woods, Tim Macdonald and Mitch Parkinson. Each of the finalists gained precious QCC series rating points that will go towards their pursuit of a Queensland ...

Annual polocrosse carnival in Grafton

The Grafton Polocross Club annual carnival is anticipated to draw competitors and spectators from across the state and beyond. The carnival kicks off at 8am May 27 at Hawthorne Park, South Grafton, with competition held over two big days. A bar and canteen is available throughout the weekend, and spectators can come along and watch for free. Dogs are not allowed at the event. The flagship event for the Grafton club is expected to draw entries from throughout NSW and QLD.

Elegant swank

Deluxe Suite draws on influences from such acts as Stevie Ray Vaughan, The Neville Brothers, Stevie Wonder, The Doobie Brothers, Freddie King, Creedence Clearwater Revival and Tom Petty, to name just a few. More importantly, the group is focussed on creating a good time for the punters. “We firmly believe people are out to have fun and be entertained, and that is what Deluxe Suite is all about.” Join the party at the Yamba shores Tavern this Saturday night May 20.

Community backs Relay for Life

The Lower Clarence Relay for Life was held on Saturday May 13 at Yamba Public School. The event was a success despite a little shower of rain over the 9 hour period of the event. Pictured is Maclean High School’s team, that participated in the 2017 Lower Clarence Relay for Life. For more information and photos see page 9 and 19. Image: Jake Murray

Welded to federal contracts

Yamba Welding and Engineering has landed a $5million contract to build four 12-metre and four 5-metre boats for the Australian Border Force, over the next two years. Federal Member for Page Kevin Hogan, who was accompanied by Australian Border Force’s commander of special operations support and business engagement, Craig Sommerville, officially announced the Yamba firm’s successful tender in Yamba last Friday. “This is great news for Yamba Welding, our local community and importan...

Iluka comes to the party

On Sunday May 7 the people of Iluka and surrounds dug deep into their pockets, raising $7,665 to help pay for a life-saving operation for 11-year-old Paige Humphreys. Iluka resident Leona Jackson set out to put on a low key event at the Iluka Bowling Club, however, “it escalated from there into a big fundraiser, as local Iluka and Yamba businesses have come forward with wonderful donations,” she told the Independent before the big day. Ms Jackson heard about Paige’s plight at a ...

Iluka keeps its library

Iluka residents rallied to keep its library by turning up in numbers at the councillors’ listening tour last Friday May 12. Councillor Debrah Novak posted on the ‘Iluka community General Q & A, information and concerns’ Facebook page, following the meeting: “All I can say is well done Iluka!!!!” “You came out today, all 100 of you, and it was so great to hear your passion. “Good news from the mayor [Jim Simmons] too: your library is there to stay. “Thanks for making ...

Maclean chamber elects new executive

The Maclean Chamber of Commerce elected a new executive team at its annual general meeting (AGM) on May 8. Around 30 people attended the AGM at the Maclean Bowling Club, where the new team was chosen to lead the chamber for the coming year. The new executive team for the Maclean Chamber of Commerce is: President – Peter Gordon; treasurer Cathryn Hopson; secretary – Ken Pierce; membership officer – Tony Jarroush; and ordinary members – Jo Worboys, Joy de Roos and Warren Campbell....