Rabobank gets a taste of NSW sugar industry

Image Caption: Touring the Harwood facility (l-r) Chris Connors – CEO (Sunshine Sugar); Mr David Barraclough - executive director corporate banking (Rabobank); Els Kamphof - wholesale and corporate banking, Australia & New Zealand (Rabobank); Andrew Fischer - cane grower; Jim Sneesby - cane grower and director (Sunshine Sugar); Alex Kelly - corporate banking, food & agribusiness (Rabobank). Image: Contributed. Executives from major agribusiness bank, Rabobank, toured parts of the ...

New electronic speed limit signs for Pacific Highway

Image Caption: NSW Minister for Roads, Melinda Pavey giving the go-ahead to the Transport Management Centre in Sydney to switch on the new electronic speed limit signs for the first time on the Woolgoolga-Ballina section of the Pacific Highway upgrade. The Minister is pictured with Clarence MP, Chris Gulaptis and General Manager Pacific Highway, Bob Higgins. Image: Contributed New electronic speed signs are now in place on the Pacific Highway south of Broadwater, with the traffic management ...

Yamba’s ocean rock pool is back open for business

Image Caption: Ocean swimmers make good use of the re-opened Yamba ocean rock pool. Image: Contributed The pool, at the town’s Main Beach, opened again last Thursday after being closed since early August when water levels dropped to unsafe levels because of cracks in the structure. During the closure and while the pool was empty, the Clarence Valley Council had marine engineering specialists inspect it. They identified a short-term solution in consultation with council staff and will ...

Wheelie bin rampage

Lynne Mowbray Vandals went on a wild rampage during Sunday evening, driving around the streets of Maclean, Palmers Island and Yamba destroying wheelie bins, with their vehicle. According to Coffs Clarence Local Area Command Duty Officer, Inspector Hanzic, in excess 50 bins have so far been reported to police. “Two people have been identified and are assisting police,” Inspector Hanzic said. “We’re investigating the extent of the incident and waiting on anyone who has had ...

Men’s Shed fundraising garage sale

Lynne Mowbray The Clarence River U3A Men’s and Women’s Shed at Townsend are holding a garage sale on Saturday September 23, with money raised going towards improving the kitchen facilities at the shed. The garage sale will take the form of a ‘car boot sale’ and all are welcome to come along and sell their wares for a cost of $10 per stall. The Men’s Shed will have an array of excess tools for sale and will be running a BBQ with tea and coffee available. The garage sale ...

Community choir’s Spring concert

Article & Image: Lynne Mowbray The Lower Clarence Community Choir in conjunction with the Maclean Music Academy Ensemble presented their Spring Concert ‘Another Opening Another Show’, at the Maclean Civic Hall and the Yamba Bowling Club, over the weekend. The contents of the program included Choral and Instrumental music including works by Bach to the Beatles along with music from Stage and Screen. Among the dozen items presented, was a vocal solo by talented local opera ...

No drumlines for Clarence Coast

Image Caption: The DPI is in the process of placing another 50 SMART drumlines “from August as part of a trial of shark bite mitigation methods”; however, none are planned for the Clarence Coast. Image: NSW Department of Primary Industries Geoff Helisma Following a shark attack on a surfer at Iluka on Sunday September 10, two great white sharks were caught by SMART (Shark-Management-Alert-in-Real-Time) drumlines placed in waters off Yamba and Angourie. However, there are no plans to ...

Infrastructure projects incur ‘significant’ extra costs

Image Caption: Construction of the Argyle Street car park is nearing completion; however, it has come at a significantly higher cost than the project’s original budget. Image: Geoff Helisma Reports to last week’s Clarence Valley Council (CVC) meeting have revealed that several of its infrastructure projects are costing more than expected Argyle street car park The budget for the construction of the Argyle Street car park, to service the proposed supermarket to be constructed in nearby ...

MacNaughton place sells to local buyer

Image Caption: 1 MacNaughton Place, a “substantial brick building [with] 19 individual, air-conditioned offices, communal bathroom and kitchen facilities, ample storage, onsite car parking for 14 vehicles and a lockup garage”, was described in marketing material thus: “The sparkle of the mighty Clarence River is once again being enjoyed in McLachlan Park and the establishment of new public facilities, public pontoons and boat moorings are proving attractive for river boaties. “Invest...

Harwood Marine pitches to enquiry

The Australian Government has “committed to a $195billion investment in Australian Defence” over a 10-year period – the NSW Government wants its fair share, and, in turn, Harwood Marine wants a share, too ... and a slice of the state’s $1.3billion enabling infrastructure funding. Harwood Marine’s managing director, Ross Roberts, and Clarence Valley Council’s environment, planning & community director, Des Schroder, made verbal submissions to the Standing Committee on State ...