Tom’s done it again

Lynne Mowbray Following up from our story on Tom McKenna back in early October; Tom’s Dragon Boat success, the Dragon Boat paddler from South Grafton has done it again. Tom has just returned from the 16th Australian Masters Games which were held in Launceston, Tasmania on October 21 - 28, with another swag of medals. Tom said that he paddled in the over 60’s Grand Masters Open C’s, in two divisions (Open and Mixed). “In the Opens I received gold,” said Tom. “In the Mixed ...

Country Music Country

Jett Williams and other artists perform her father Hank Williams’ song I Saw The Light. Image: AI Slade Geoff Helisma The main ‘street’ that bisects the 700 caravans and mobile homes at the fifth Clarence Valley Country Muster (October 23 – 29) is dusty; but the dust belies many bogging incidents following torrential rain earlier in the week – evidenced by the road’s undulations. It’s the third day of the festival and people carrying chairs are making their way to the main ...

Big River dreaming

Sam Cullen (right), with wife Janet and son Stephen, speaks about his family’s generous gift of photographs taken in Grafton by John William Lindt between 1871 and 1874. Image: Geoff Helisma Geoff Helisma The Big Day of Culture held at the Grafton Regional Gallery last Thursday November 2 will long be remembered as a halcyon day – one that celebrated the history and culture of Clarence Valley’s Aboriginal people. “It’s the culture that is bringing everyone together, and this ...

A big day of culture

Judge Michael Aird photographs encouragement award winner Russell Meehan and his artwork, which Mr Aird says “is simple and understated yet stands out as a strong and confident work”. Image: Geoff Helisma Geoff Helisma The artworks two Aboriginal artists were publically acknowledged at the Big Day of Culture held at the Grafton Regional Gallery last Thursday November 2. Kylie Caldwell’s work, Carry On, was named the winner of the 2017 Clarence Valley Indigenous Art Award (CVIAA), ...

Ride commemorates Beersheba

Riders taking part in the three day commemoration ride in honour of Harry Chauvel, who was the Commander behind the famous Charge of the Light Brigade 100 years ago, end their journey at Copmanhurst on Friday. See story on page 3. Image: Courtesy Margaret Hodgson.   Lynne Mowbray The Grafton RSL Sub branch Beersheba Memorial ride 2017 from Tabulam to Copmanhurst, took place last week in honour of Harry Chauvel, who was the Commander behind the famous Charge of the Light Brigade 100 ...

John’s grass is green on both sides of the fence

Geoff Helisma Yamba Bowling Club’s John Luchetti has been named Bowls Australia’s 2017 Volunteer of the Year. While honoured to have received the award at the Crowne Plaza Surfers Paradise, Mr Luchetti was also humbled. “This is not a dream come true,” he said. “Who dreams of being a volunteer? It’s just something you do.” Mr Luchetti said he didn’t necessarily feel deserving of the title “because I know how many people around the regions do what I do every day”. ...

Age no barrier

Lynne Mowbray Erin Lavery of Grafton may only be 12 years-old, but that has not stopped her from chasing down her dream (casual) job. The keen young lady recently set about writing her own resume for a job at Grafton’s popular ice cream cafe, ‘I Scream’. In her resume, Erin expressed her desire to join the team. ‘I’d like to have a job. I want to be the next skater girl waitress (serving customers while on roller skates),’ she wrote. Erin’s mother, Annie Lavery said ...

Jacaranda Breakfast The Match off – 2GF RADIO & The Independent

Lynne Mowbray It was perfect weather for this year’s Jacaranda Thursday, which kicked off at 6am with the 2GF and The Independent, free breakfast in Market Square. This year the two media master chefs battled it out for the newly created ‘Golden Tongs Trophy’ which has been made from Jacaranda wood, an old set of BBQ tongs and finished off with an engraved plaque, thanks to Brendan Watkins Jewellers. Although the Jacaranda Thursday breakfast is free to the general public, this ...