Thank you

Ed, I want to send my thanks for the excellent page on croquet in last week's edition (CVI 11/10/17). All the clubs send their thanks, and this will please all the croquet players and their friends and families. Again, a big thank you. Peter Martin Coutts Crossing Croquet Club 

CVC objects to NPWS restructure

Geoff Helisma At yesterday’s Clarence Valley Council (CVC) meeting (after the Independent’s print deadline), councillors decided whether or not to write to the NSW Environment Minister Gabrielle Upton and the Clarence MP Chris Gulaptis, to inform them of CVC’s objection to “the loss of seven National Parks & Wildlife Service positions”. These positions, mayor Jim Simmons’ minute states, will potentially be lost due to “the relocation of the [NPWS] regional office” from ...

Car mounts stairs at bank in Maclean

The scene of a car accident outside the Commonwealth Bank in Maclean, on Monday morning. Image: Contributed Emergency crews were quick on the scene of a car accident in the Maclean CBD, just before 10am on Monday morning.  An eyewitness told the CV Independent that she had just stepped out of the butchers (Maclean Variety Meats) and heard a screech of tyres. “When I looked up I saw a blue Holden, which was heading towards the Maclean roundabout, mount the footpath and stairs of the ...

CVC issues showground statement

Geoff Helisma Clarence Valley Council (CVC) has issued a media release pertaining to a failed application for a $62,000 Public Reserve Management Funding grant to replace stables at Maclean showground. On Wednesday September 27, the Independent reported that “Maclean showground won’t get much-needed new stables because of an error by Clarence Valley Council”. At the time, CVC declined to make any comment on the issue; on Tuesday October 12, CVC emailed a response that it had ...

MG enthusiasts gather in Yamba

Coldstream Street was closed on Saturday morning to accommodate the pre-war MG car display. Image: Tearn Wheatley-Mazzitelli Geoff Helisma Around 50 pre war MGs and 108 members of various MG enthusiast clubs in Australia and overseas spent last Friday to Monday motoring around and enjoying the Clarence Valley’s attractions. The biennial event, which was held in Yamba, was organised by the Gold Coast MG Car Club; the previous two events were held at Bathurst and Beechworth, Victoria, ...

Historic post office up for auction

The Maclean Post Office goes to auction at noon on November 3. For more information about the sale, contact Judithann Forrester at Ford & Dougherty Property on 0428 455 000 or go to www.46riverstreetmaclean.com. Images: Lynne Mowbray The Maclean Shire Heritage Study, completed by Jane Gardiner for Clarence Valley Council in 2006, notes that the Maclean Post Office “has been acknowledged as significant by the National Trust of Australia (NSW) and is listed on the North Coast Regional ...

Who knew about MGs’ visit?

Geoff Helisma Potentially, the closure of Coldstream Street last Saturday morning, to accommodate the 50 or so pre-war MGs on display, could have been a boon for Yamba businesses and people interested in checking out the cars: instead, people and business owners took to social media wondering who was responsible for the dearth of publicity about the event. “This is a disgrace to local businesses ... no mention in both local rags. Yep, poorly organised, I don’t get it, this event could ...

New School of Arts celebrates 40 years

The New School of Arts Neighbourhood House at South Grafton celebrated their 40th birthday on Saturday. Image: Contributed Lynne Mowbray The New School of Arts Neighbourhood House Inc. [NSOA] at South Grafton celebrated their 40th year on Saturday with displays, activities, market stalls and giveaways. NSOA General Manager, Skye Sear said that the open day was “awesome”. “Despite Saturday’s inclement weather, it didn’t dampen people’s enthusiasm, with a steady flow of ...

Camp Quality EsCarpade visits Grafton

Image Caption: One of the cars in last year’s Camp Quality Escapade, at a river crossing. Image: Contributed Lynne Mowbray   The Camp Quality EsCarpade motoring adventure, which raises money and awareness in support of children impacted by cancer, with this year travel through Grafton. This year’s annual event will see 70 cars taking part with each car having to be at least 20 years old. Owners spend up to a year, decking them out [at their own expense]; in different fun ...

Milk theft arrests

Three men, two aged 19 and a 20-year-old, will appear in court later this month after being charged with the theft of milk products in Grafton. Police located the men following an appeal to the local community for information. Between August 2017 and September 2017, Coffs/Clarence Local Area Command police were investigating the large scale theft of milk products from a Dobie Street premises in Grafton. Flavoured milk and assorted dairy products were regularly stolen; a NSW Police ...