Tourism committee headed for permanent holiday

Geoff Helisma At last week’s Clarence Valley Council (CVC) Environment, Planning & Community Committee (EP&C) meeting, Cr Andrew Baker attempted to put a motion (seconded by the mayor, Jim Simmons) to end CVC’s management of tourism in the valley. “I intend to jump in first on this one and move,” Cr Baker said, “point 1 and point 2 will be ... receive a report from the general manager by February 2018 on the winding up and cessation of council’s tourism promotion ...

Lives saved, death, trauma and ‘moving on’

Lauren Pryor and Cale Callaghan were each awarded a ‘Meritorious Award with Bronze Insert’ at the Surf Life Saving Australia National Awards of Excellence. Cale was unable to attend due to study commitments. Inset: Cale Callaghan on duty. Images: Contributed Geoff Helisma On Boxing Day in 2016 lifeguards Cale Callaghan and Lauren Pryor were on duty at Wooli. The sea state was rough and the time between the “dumpy” waves short: conditions that resulted in three body boarders being ...

Graffiti gone

Rotary Club of Yamba members (l-r) Don Shephard, John McKenny, Garry Arnnetts, Sandy Hovie and Rick Angelo paint over graffiti at Yamba Cinema. Image: Contributed Geoff Helisma Yamba Rotary members have spent several weekends (November 5 and 12) painting over graffiti in Yamba – and it inspired one resident, Marlene Woodbridge, to let the Independent know how much she appreciates their efforts. “Last Sunday I drove past the corner of The Mainbrace and Shores Drive bus shelter and ...

Shopping local for Christmas

Lynne Mowbray It’s that time of year when we start ‘making a list and checking it twice’. But before we grab the credit card and get online, or grab the friends and head to the mega stores on the Goldie for the big Christmas grab, why not check out what’s available locally, first. From food to furniture, cars to candles, toys to travel; why not check out the quality and compare the prices here in the valley and help support our local economy. There’s nothing worse than ...

Bat strategy to be ‘nudged’ around the edges

Clarence Valley Council will seek to establish an “an urban buffer strip as far as Kerry Street” to further separate residences from the flying-fox colony, which is expanding further up the gully towards Kerry Street. Image: Contributed. Geoff Helisma Clarence Valley Council’s Flying Fox Dispersal Committee has recommended a review of the Maclean Flying Fox Management Strategy, which could see the creation of “an urban buffer strip as far as Kerry Street”. The recommendation is ...

New president for Grafton Chamber

Lynne Mowbray The Grafton Chamber of Commerce has a new President, with Vice-president Justin James being elected for the top job, at the Grafton Chambers annual general meeting, which was held last week. Mr James [who is a graphic designer], took over the reins from past President Katie Kelemec, said he was saddened to hear that Ms Kelemec was stepping down from the Chamber. “I am honoured to be stepping up to President this year,” Mr James said. “I hope to maintain the ...

Medical Centre opens in Yamba

The location of the new Clarence Medical Centre, Yamba clinic. Inset: L-R Dr Simon Grewcock, Dr Eric Davey and Dr Maggie Simpson. Image: Contributed Lynne Mowbray The Clarence Medical Centre in Maclean has just opened a second surgery in Yamba. The new surgery opened on Monday this week, at 12 Clarence Street, Yamba [opposite the ‘top of the hill’ restaurant precinct] and will be a welcomed asset all of Yamba residence who require to see a GP. The surgery will be serviced by Dr ...

DV forum in Maclean

Sergeant Mick Eaton addressed the Domestic Violence Forum, which was put on by the Maclean Neighbourhood Watch, at the Maclean Bowling Club on Sunday afternoon. Image: Lynne Mowbray Lynne Mowbray Around 35 people attended a Domestic Violence forum which was presented by the Maclean Neighbourhood Watch, on Sunday afternoon at the Maclean Bowling Club. Sergeant Mick Eaton from Maclean police addressed those attending and spoke about domestic violence issues within our community. Sgt ...

Yamba River Market goes festive

Geoff Helisma Having rescheduled events from October due to wet weather, organisers of the Yamba River Markets are pressing ahead with plans to run the ‘Salty Kombi Show and Shine’ this Sunday November 26. “It’s on, come rain or shine,” says Phil Nicholas from Live Prawn Productions (LPP), the not-for-profit community organisation that operates the monthly markets and the Surfing the Coldstream Festival. Mr Nicholas said that LPP had changed the way it engages with the ...

‘Active Seniors’ love tenpin bowling and playing mini golf

Seniors just love the new facilities at the Yamba Bowling Sports and Leisure Club.  Pauline Chilcott (3rd from left) comes in for Tenpin bowls 1-2 times per week. She commented that “I love it! It's soo 'FUN'. I love to try and get a score of 100+. It's a great inexpensive way to keep active and socialise”. Val Thompson (2nd from left with a hat on) has just finished cancer treatment and said “I really missed coming in and playing Tenpin, I'm a little rusty but happy to be back”. ...