Maclean’s Argyle St car park

Ed, The recent disclosure of the budget blowout from $870,000 to $1,129,515 for Maclean’s Argyle St car park is of concern. From memory, that’s more than twice the cost per car space of the car park constructed behind the Maclean Library on a site with very similar sub-strata. There is no reasonable excuse for this blow out in costs. The constructor’s discovery of an “unanticipated” sub strata condition is unacceptable and it suggests that those responsible had not conducted the ...

Feel totally let down

Ed, I am writing this letter over something that I have been stewing over for a couple of months regarding the new service station which now involves traffic lights at Yamba Road and Treelands Drive. I have only lived in Yamba for the last five years, and I love the town. The welcoming that is given to newly arrived families, from the young adults to the kids who acknowledge you on the street is amazing, and after becoming a rate payer I felt very privileged. I sent an email to ...

Merc Force takes Bridge to Bridge

The Grafton Bridge was the perfect vantage point for the start of the Bridge to Bridge ski race. Image: Lynne Mowbray They say to finish first, first you must finish, and Sunday’s Grafton Bridge to Bridge was a battle of attrition that saw the Queensland-based Merc Force win ahead of Sydneysiders Stinga F1, while defending champions Superman suffered mechanical failure. After winning Australia’s most physically demanding ski race for four years running, the Superman team of Darren ...

Clarence River District bowlers do it again

Main Image: Greg Johnson and Martyn Wood the Zone One Champion of Champions Pairs team. Image: Contributed Jake McHutchison, Dave Atkinson, Marty Wood and Alan Turnbull are Handicap Fours Champions. Image: Contributed   The Yamba duo of Martyn Wood and Greg Johnson have secured the Zone One Champion of Champions Pairs title with a display of precision bowling on a day of blustery winds and fast greens at the Evans Head Bowling Club. Marty and Greg had a tough battle against the ...

Recognising our local sporting champions

Federal Member for Page Kevin Hogan last Thursday presented 12 Clarence Valley teenagers with a Local Sporting Champion Award and a $500 cheque to help them on their way. “I’m very pleased to help these teenagers follow their dreams,” he said. “Those who are receiving awards have excelled themselves representing the Clarence Valley on the international, national and state stage. “The Clarence Valley has produced some outstanding sportspeople in the past, and it is important that ...

Yamba Seniors

There was a few missing at our last meeting as a lot of our members are not well; so wishing them a speedy recovery and hope to see them up and about again soon. It has been a bad year with everyone’s health. Hoping this bit of rain will clear the air. A letter is being sent to council again about bikes on footpath in the main street; some ride up and down and want the walkers to get out of their way. We are also concerned at dogs leaving there mess on the main street in town as well. Hope ...

Grafton Men’s Golf

There is no doubt that as a consequence of the current dry conditions the extra run on the course has helped in the achievement of some outstanding golf scores. That was evident in the last Saturday's Naeco Blue 18 hole single Stableford event with the three top scores of the day achieved by three C Grade players. The overall winner, with a healthy handicap of 16, was Josh Tracey who accumulated an outstanding score of 46 points to completely dominate the field of 100 players. Josh, who has ...

Tom’s dragon boat success

Image Caption: Tom McKenna, with his medal tally display. Image: Lynne Mowbray. Image below: State MP Chris Gulaptis (l) recently presented Tom with his certificate of recognition from the NSW State Government, for representing NSW in the 2017 Australian Dragon Boat Championships. Image: Contributed. Lynne Mowbray Tom McKenna of South Grafton has recently been awarded a certificate of recognition from the NSW State Government for representing NSW in the 2017 Australian Dragon Boat ...

National Police Remembrance Day

Main Image: A large crowd attended Friday’s National Police Remembrance Day service in Grafton. Below: Coffs Clarence HWP officer Nick Dixon takes the ceremonial police hat to the altar, during Friday’s National Police Remembrance Day service in Grafton. Image: Lynne Mowbray National Police Remembrance Day was held on Friday 29 September, with a commemoration service being held at Grafton’s Christ Church Cathedral. The Remembrance Day was first held on 29 September 1989 and holds a ...

Nominations open for Rotary award

Ellen Moloney, who was the winner of the ‘Pride of Workmanship’ award, in 2015-2016. Image: Lynne Mowbray Lynne Mowbray Nominations are open once again for the annual Maclean Rotary Club’s Tony Sheehy ‘Pride of Workmanship’ award. The prestigious ‘Pride of Workmanship’ award was set up to acknowledge and recognise the contribution to the community and industry by the late Tony Sheehy, who was a member of the Maclean Rotary Club. Tony Sheehy was heavily involved in the ...