Crowe Horwath Pro-Am to Matt Millar

Main Image: (l-r)  Rob Caldwell (Crowe Horwath), President YGCC Tony Moran, Tim Small (Crowe Horwath) Matt Millar winner, Steve Jeffress r/up and Mark McGregor (Crowe Horwath). Images: Contributed Matt Millar teeing it up Cold weather welcomed a record field with 66 pro’s contesting for the $28,000 on offer and over 120 amateurs chasing the two day Stableford competition. Saturday saw touring Pro Steve Jeffress straight out of the blocks shooting 7 under 65 to be the club house leader ...

NSW Women’s Cricket Country Championships

Main photo: The North Coast U18 team. The Championships were played at Raymond Terrace, with the U15’s on Tuesday and Wednesday October 2-3 and the U18’s on Wednesday and Thursday October 4-5. In the U15 Country Championships, the North Coast played some fantastic cricket, displaying some very special moments. Coming away with two wins on the first day (one against Riverina and then the CNSW Cavaliers); North Coast put them into a great position leading into day two. Unfortunately a ...

Croquet clubs gather at Coutts Crossing

In the Clarence Valley four years ago, about half a dozen people played croquet one morning a week on one lawn at Coutts Crossing. Today there are 170 regular players in five clubs and nine lawns.  Last Thursday Coutts Crossing acted as the hosts for the first gathering of enthusiasts from Iluka, Yamba CRU3A, Yamba Bowls Club and Lawrence Golf and Croquet Club; 36 players enjoyed a day of play on Coutts Crossing's two lawns, a good lunch and the opportunity to renew friendships, and make ...

Lawrence Flower Show

Ed, The Lawrence Hall committee would like to thank, exhibitors and the willing band of volunteers for helping the day succeed. We would also like to thank the judges for their attendance and the many visitors during the afternoon. The Flower Show is our major fundraiser and all profit goes towards maintenance of the Hall. The Lawrence Hall is a wonderful asset for our community. Your support was greatly appreciated. Diane Ensbey, Lawrence Hall committee

Roundabout or traffic lights?

Ed,  With reference to Lee-Anne Jones letter (CVI 4/10/17) re council approval of the new service station at Treelands Drive and Yamba Road. By my understanding approval or a final decision has not been made regarding “traffic lights”, or a “roundabout”. Let’s hope that our council have proper consultation on those choices at this intersection. Imagine the current stream of road worker’s waiting for traffic lights to change on their usual morning rush to work. Also let’s ...

Flying by remote… a bit like the real thing

Grafton Model Aircraft Club is holding its Australian Model Flying Day on Sunday October 22 at Tancreds Lane, Clarenza. Pictured: GMAC members at the opening day of the Clarenza strip in 2014. Image: Contributed   Geoff Helisma On Sunday October 22 the Grafton Model Aircraft Club is holding its annual model flying event, and everyone is invited to come along, find out what makes model aircraft fliers tick and maybe even take the controls in hand. The event is being held in ...

SRV consultation underway

Geoff Helisma Clarence Valley Council (CVC) last week began its special rates variation consultation, asking if the valley’s people support and increase in rates. The council is proposing to implement an eight per cent increase for each of three years, from 2018/19 to 2020/21, which amounts to a cumulative increase of 25.97 per cent that will remain permanently in the council’s rates base. By now people in the valley should have received their information packs containing a letter, ...

A tool to judge proposed SRV’s impact

Geoff Helisma Clarence Valley Council (CVC) has developed an online tool to help ratepayers estimate how much their rates will increase over the three years, 2018/19 to 2020/21, when compared to the ‘ordinary rate’ for different rating categories in the 2017/18 rate notices. The council is considering applying to the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) to increase rates above the state government’s pegged limit, which is set on an annual basis. The proposal is to ...

Forum circulates anti SRV petition

Geoff Helisma The Clarence Forum has launched a petition against Clarence Valley Council’s proposal to apply to the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Authority (IPART) for a 25.97 per cent over three years – 2017/18 to 2020/21. The principal petitioner and organiser Annie Dodd (front right) said the petition will be sent to IPART for its information when considering CVC’s application for an SRV – if in fact a decision is made to do so. “Council has rejected alternatives to ...

Academic and GM opposed on amalgamation outcome

University of New England academic Professor Brian Dollery says merging councils does not improve financial performance. Pic: Contributed   Geoff Helisma The amalgamation of the valley’s various councils in 2004 (and other amalgamations throughout NSW) was forced upon its populace by the then state Labor government – 13 years and several studies later, University of New England (UNE) academic Professor Brian Dollery says that “forced amalgamation of local councils is not a ...