Legends

Over the past 17 years Paul Hayman has earned a reputation as a powerful and diverse vocalist. From his early beginnings as a front man for rock and pop acts, Hayman has amassed enough experience to tackle just about any music genre. Combining this experience with a completed tertiary study of stage and screen acting, he has created a show, 50 Years of Legends, that promises to take punters on a “journey through the music and lives of some of the greatest names in show business”. ...

O’Grady and Townsend Champions

The 27-hole Foursomes Championship winners were the team of Sharyn O’Grady and Jen Townsend. Image: Contributed A dry and barren course was not an ideal scenario for our 27-hole Ladies Club Foursomes Championships last Wednesday and was in complete contrast to the wet conditions of the 2016 event. With a few ladies disliking, at the best of times, the format of Foursomes golf, the hot temperature of the day and the dusty course only added to their frustrations. Many pairings were ...

Gwen Ford Springtime Triples Maclean team

Des Johnson, Kerrie Hudson (skip), Robyn (Wendy) Haselum and Narelle Phelps. Image: Contributed On Tuesday September 19 Maclean Women's Bowling Club held their Gwen Ford Springtime Triples tournament with seventy-eight bowlers from surrounding clubs playing. Although the weather was rather warm for spring, everyone enjoyed their games in the spirit of friendship. There were small vases of fresh spring flowers on the tables as well as large vases on the raffle table which was loaded with ...

Paperwork bungle means no new stables

Maclean Show Society president Brian Ferrie is disappointed ageing stables won’t be replaced because of an alleged paperwork failure by Clarence Valley Council. Image: Lynne Mowbray. Josh McMahon Maclean Showground won’t get much-needed new stables because of an alleged paperwork error by Clarence Valley Council. The council has missed out on a $62,000 Public Reserve Management Funding grant because of failure to submit a project report from a previous round, according to the Departm...

Former CRTA boss on CVC’s tourism services

Geoff Helisma In 1983 Bill Day was appointed the manager of the Clarence River Tourist Association (CRTA), which was funded by valley's five councils on a per-capita basis, business membership of the CRTA, advertising revenue from publications plus a small annual state government payment. By the late 1980s, around 500 businesses were members. In 1990/91, Mr Day gained the support of the former Grafton, Maclean and Ulmarra councils, which adopted SRVs (special rate variation), to fund ...

Push to move Maclean High School

A group has been formed to push to relocate Maclean High School. Image: Contributed. A community push has begun to relocate Maclean High due to numerous problems including the impact of the nearby flying fox colony. A group led by residents Karen von Ahlefeldt and Linda Wright has launched the campaign to build a new ‘super high school’ in the Maclean area, with a petition and survey already gathering strong community support. “The response from the community has been a deafening ...

Jacaranda Ball rocks

This year’s Jacaranda Festival’s Queen Candidates, official photograph. Image: Lynne Mowbray. Lynne Mowbray Around 220 people attended this year’s Crowe Horwath Jacaranda Ball on Saturday night at Grafton Showground’s T J Ford Pavilion, affectionately known as ‘The Barn’. |Queen and Junior Queen Candidate’s past and present looked amazing in their elegant gowns, as they were formally introduced to those attending. This year’s entertainment was provided by popular rock ...

Maclean High RFS cadets graduate

The 2017 RFS Cadet Graduation which was held at Maclean High School recently. Image: Peter Watt Lynne Mowbray Eleven Maclean High School students enrolled in the Rural Fire Services [RFS] cadet program have recently celebrated the completion of the program. Several former RFS cadet graduates, returned to assist the new cadets, as mentors. During the course of their cadetship, students also completed a senior first aid course. The RFS cadet graduation ceremony was held at the ...

Peak hour pandemonium

A car overtaking traffic on the wrong side of the road. Image: Contributed. Frustrations are at boiling point for Grafton peak hour motorists, with many resorting to dangerous and illegal tactics to try to shortcut long lines of traffic waiting to cross the Clarence River bridge. Police have rejected a call for action; however, instead urging motorists to be patient until traffic is eased upon completion of the second bridge. The new bridge is currently under construction but isn’t ...

Grafton Chamber of Commerce breakfast

Pictured (l-r) are Rotary Club of Grafton Midday’s Peter Robinson, Grafton Chamber executive members Annemarie Henderson and Brad Behsman and Rotary Club of Grafton Midday’s Greg Butcher. Image: Lynne Mowbray. Lynne Mowbray The Grafton Chamber of Commerce held their monthly breakfast meeting on Wednesday September 20 at Clocktower Hotel, Grafton. Guest speakers at the breakfast meeting were Greg Butcher and Peter Robinson from Rotary Grafton Midday and Theresa O’Connell from Fair ...