Support those affected by breast and gynaecological cancers this October by hosting a ‘Girls’ Night In’

Northern Rivers and Far North Coast locals are encouraged to register to host a Cancer Council Girls’ Night In or Pink Ribbon Fundraiser this October and help beat women’s cancers. Every day in Australia, around 65 women are diagnosed with breast or a gynaecological cancer. With the local community’s support, Cancer Council NSW will be able to fund important research into breast and gynaecological cancers, prevention and advocacy programs, awareness and support services. The ...

New zero-interest loans for small businesses in the Clarence and Richmond Valleys

Clarence and Richmond Valley small businesses should take advantage of new NSW Government interest-free loans to help them grow and create jobs, according to Clarence Nationals MP Chris Gulaptis. “Coming from a small business background, I know how tough it can be so it is good to see regional businesses getting a helping hand from the Liberals and Nationals State Government, with access to interest free loans of between $200,000 and $500,000 for up to four years,” Mr Gulaptis said. ...

Action urged for R U OK? Day on Thursday 14 September

Sadly the Clarence and Richmond Valleys have among the worst suicide rates in the nation and that is why Clarence MP Chris Gulaptis is urging all locals to get behind R U OK? Day on Thursday 14 September and beyond. “We had some great news recently with $1.4 million from the NSW Government for local suicide prevention initiatives but we can and must do more to help those in desperate need,” Mr Gulaptis said. “Nobody should be left behind. “The R U OK? concept is simple but ...

Largest wetland in upper Clarence to receive a healthy boost thanks to NSW government grant

Important conservation works to restore the health of the largest wetland in the Upper Clarence will be undertaken thanks to a $99,970 grant to Upper Clarence Combined Landcare under the NSW Government’s Restoration and Rehabilitation Grant Program, Clarence MP, Chris Gulaptis has announced. Mr Gulaptis said the aim of the grants program is to support projects run by community organisations and government entities who are working to prevent or reduce environmental degradation. “It’s ...

Northern Rivers Nationals welcome road safety funding

North Coast Nationals MPs Chris Gulaptis (Clarence), Thomas George (Lismore) and Geoff Provest (Tweed) have announced a $5000 NSW Government grant which will allow Anglicare North Coast to conduct road safety courses across the region. The Road to Freedom project will focus on the particular needs of woman (newly arrived refugee/humanitarian entrants) and their road safety needs as determined by them: road rules, bicycle safety and language for road use/share. Workshops will be delivered in ...

Surf photography legend at the gallery

A newly-curated collection of John Witzig’s photography in ‘John Witzig: The Photographer’ officially opens on Friday at the Grafton Regional Gallery. This exhibition combines photographs from the gallery’s collection and works from John Witzig’s private collection. John Witzig is a photographer and co-founder of ‘Tracks’ magazine. He is an iconic name in the Clarence Valley and the international surfing fraternity. The works on display in this exhibition span from his ...

Harwood Marine pitches to enquiry

The Australian Government has “committed to a $195billion investment in Australian Defence” over a 10-year period – the NSW Government wants its fair share, and, in turn, Harwood Marine wants a share, too ... and a slice of the state’s $1.3billion enabling infrastructure funding. Harwood Marine’s managing director, Ross Roberts, and Clarence Valley Council’s environment, planning & community director, Des Schroder, made verbal submissions to the Standing Committee on State ...

The tourism committee that almost wasn’t

Clarence valley Council (CVC) has called for eight people – six current tourism operators and two with “wider tourism industry experience” – to become members of the council’s reconstituted tourism advisory committee. The former committee came to an end due to lack of interest and other undisclosed issues; the new one only made it to fruition on the casting vote of mayor Jim Simmons at the June 27 council meeting. At that meeting, councillors Simmons and Greg Clancy supported the ...

Get your tourism info here

With the staffing of the two visitor information centres (VIC) – at South Grafton and Ferry Park, Maclean – due to be replaced with digital tourism portals, how and where will tourists get their information once they are in the valley? In June this year, Clarence Valley Council (CVC) put it this way when it exhibited information on its “dispersed delivery of tourism services”: “...we [council staff] move around and make sure we’re in areas of high visitor traffic. “In other ...

Seeking a resolution to dredging conundrum

  At the hearing of the Standing Committee on State Development, held at Tweed Heads on Monday August 28, Clarence Valley Council’s (CVC) environment, planning & community director, Des Schroder, raised a question about the government’s lack of focus when it comes to dredging sections of the Clarence River in support of Yamba’s status as an international port – particularly where the river bends at Goodwood Island. “Who actually does it?” he said. Mr Schroder ...