Kim competes at World Ironman Championship

Maclean resident Kim Elvery competing at the Ironman World Championship event which was held in Kona, Hawaii, in early October. Image: Contributed. Lynne Mowbray Maclean resident Kim Elvery has just returned from competing in the Ironman World Triathlon Championship, which was held in Kona, Hawaii. About 25 years ago, Kim began competing in smaller triathlons and has slowly worked her way towards the world’s top ultimate Ironman event. Kim said that to enter this event, you first ...

Heavy medals for Helmut and Jim

Helmut Klein (left) and Jim Wheeler. Image: Contributed Local swimmers Helmut Klein and Jim Wheeler recently represented the Clarence River Masters Swim Club at two major sporting events. The NSW Short Course State Championships was held at the Australian Institute of Sports at Canberra on October 14-15 with an estimated 180 competitors. Helmut won silver in the 50m, 100m and 200m breaststroke and bronze in the 100m backstroke. This was only a warm up for Helmut’s next event; along with ...

Euchre players converge on Yamba Bowling Club

Over 100 euchre players converged on the  Yamba Bowling Club during the Yamba tournament. Image: Contributed The euchre tournament held over the weekend October 21-22, certainly equaled, if not exceeded the expectations of the organisers, with 112 players on the Saturday, and 116 fronting up for competition on the Sunday.  Saturday resulted in Margaret Charlton winning 14 of the 18 games played, one game clear of six players on 13 games won. Sunday saw the competition still running ...

Thank you Luke

Ed, This is a special thank you for Luke whose surname I do not know.  At the Pacific Hotel restaurant last Thursday you came to the assistance of my elderly brother when he started to collapse. You helped us get Ray to my car and settled into it. I had gone to turn on the air condition in the car as it was quite a warm day. Unfortunately I didn’t get a chance to say a personal thank you; I was anxious to get my brother back to his accommodation to rest.  Ray has since recovered ...

Queen Alana Reigns

A huge crowd of around 3500 people watched on as Alana Gordon was crowned 2017 Jacaranda Queen on Saturday night, during the Westlawn Queen Crowning ceremony held in Market Square, Grafton. Image: Simon Hughes. Lynne Mowbray A huge crowd of around 3500 people watched on as Alana Gordon was crowned 2017 Jacaranda Queen on Saturday night, during the Westlawn Queen Crowning ceremony held in Market Square, Grafton. Alana who was sponsored by The Village Green Hotel, was one of seven candid...

Cruise terminal slated for Yamba

Cruise ship Caledonian Sky will stop off at Yamba in October 2018 during its Australian Coastal Odyssey cruise. Image: www.noble-caledonia.co.uk Geoff Helisma On September 24, the NSW Government announced a plan to investigate constructing international cruise terminals in Yamba and Coffs Harbour. The announcement, made in Coffs Harbour in a joint media release from Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Melinda Pavey, Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Andrew Constance and ...

Lower Clarence musos awarded

(L-R) Tanya and Matt Fisher and Paul Agar were winner at the North Coast Entertainment Industry Association’s Dolphin Awards. Image: Geoff Helisma Geoff Helisma Lower Clarence musicians Paul Agar (Country) and Matt and Tanya Fisher (Adult Contemporary and Rock) won three awards at the North Coast Entertainment Industry Association’s (NCEIA) Dolphin Awards, held at Ballina RSL Club on October 24. The Independent caught up with the winners at Paul Agar’s Heaven Recording Studio in ...

Curious spectators flock to model flying day

This large model, with crew (l-r Todd Crowe, Simon McCann and pilot Ray Clarke) from the Grafton club, is a one third scale model of a FIAT CR.42 FALCO [Falcon]. The full sized aircraft was the last biplane to enter frontline service with the Italian Air Force in WW2. This model was recently awarded second place in the Wagga Wagga scale rally. Image: Erlita Lane Geoff Helisma Organisers of the Grafton Model Aircraft Club’s annual event at Clarenza – in conjunction with the Australian ...

Clarence Village Founding member retires

Left to right -  Geoff Shepherd shaking hands with Bill Dougherty, Kevin Hogan, Phil Bellety and Jim Simmons Image: Jude Myers Clarence Village Limited [CVL] founding member Bill Dougherty OAM, has retired from the board of directors. The sad announcement was made at the Clarence Village Limited’s annual general meeting, which was held on Monday. In his annual report, Chairman of Clarence Village Limited Geoff Shepherd paid tribute to Mr Dougherty. “I am sad to convey that my ...

Container scheme roll-out a mystery

Geoff Helisma The NSW Container Scheme is due to start on December 1, however, the Environment and Protection Authority (EPA) could not tell the Independent where ‘Return and Earn’ collection points will be located in the Clarence Valley. The Independent asked the EPA’s media unit: where collection points will be located in the valley; for consumer information regarding the resultant price rises for drinks contained within the relevant range of affected containers; and, information ...