St James School celebrates 20 years

Lynne Mowbray St James Primary School at Yamba celebrated its 20th anniversary which was held at the school on Thursday November 2, with the opening of their time capsules. School Principal Ann Dawson said that the first time capsule was buried in 1997 and a second capsule in 2007 and since then the school has chosen to open them every 10 years, to keep a sense of ‘connectivity to the community’. “These days give us an opportunity to welcome back those who have contributed to the ...

Hidden treasures in Clarence and Richmond Valleys recognised

A record nine Clarence and Richmond Valley women have been recognised in the 2017 Hidden Treasures Roll out of just 103 individuals across regional and rural New South Wales, Clarence Nationals MP Chris Gulaptis has announced. Hidden Treasures is an annual initiative of the NSW Government’s Rural Women’s Network which recognises the outstanding efforts of women volunteers and promotes the valuable role of volunteering to the community. “The Hidden Treasures Honour Roll is all about ...

End in sight for work on new Sportsmans Creek Bridge

The landscape of Lawrence is rapidly changing as work progresses on the new $27 million crossing of Sportsmans Creek. Clarence Nationals MP Chris Gulaptis said all 30 Super T Girders for the bridge have been lifted into place, while the new Bridge Street and Grafton Street intersection is nearing completion. “The structure is really taking shape, with concrete pouring well under way for the bridge deck as well as the installation of permanent barriers and pedestrian handrails,” he ...

Remembrance Day poppies free this year

It’s been a long held tradition to purchase poppies from local returned services clubs leading up to and on Remembrance Day, November 11; however, this year local RSL sub branches and their auxiliaries will be giving them away – no charge. In August this year, RSL NSW issued a directive forbidding any fundraising or acceptance of donations, due to “an inquiry being conducted by ... Patricia Bergin SC, into RSL NSW ... and also of an investigation currently being conducted into RSL NSW ...

Join the cane toad roundup

Volunteers at work during the district’s annual toad hunt. Image: Contributed Clarence Valley Conservation in Action (CVCIA) Landcare Group has recommenced its nocturnal brand of Landcare for the 17/18 season a month earlier than last season and already has collected over 1600 cane toads in six outings between Yamba, Brooms Head and Micalo Island in the Lower Clarence with Maclean to be checked this Friday night. Interestingly, so far this season adult female toads have consistently ...

Cruise ship concerns

Ed, Valley Watch is alarmed to read the joint media release from Ministers Melinda Pavey (Roads, Maritime and Freight) and Andrew Constance (Transport and Infrastructure) and Member for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser which states unequivocally “In October 2018, the Cruise Ship Caledonian Sky plans to stop off at Yamba as part of the Australian Coastal Odyssey”. Talk about being treated like mushrooms! They claim it is part of the Future Transport 2056 strategy, but this “strategy” ...

Another memorable concert

Ed, What an exhilarating way to spend Jacaranda Sunday! Whoever thought orchestral concerts were boring needs to experience the Clarence Valley Orchestra and Chorus strutting their stuff. Conductor Greg Butcher has brought together this group of multi-talented musicians to form a wonderfully cohesive group who obviously enjoy making music together. The Saraton was packed to capacity, abuzz with anticipation. We were not disappointed. From the rousing opening polka, we just knew that ...

Unpaid highway workers

Ed, On November 2 the DEX released an article about the unpaid highway workers, following the failure of Ostwald Bros., complete with several excuses by the Minister for Roads, Melinda Pavey. Nationals Minister Pavey blames the unpaid workers themselves, for not ensuring “due diligence” and seems to refer to them as a “weak link in the chain”. Three weeks ago I emailed our federal and local Members of Parliament, lamenting the fact that this seems to happen on nearly every ...