Yamba Seniors

There was a few missing at our last meeting as a lot of our members are not well; so wishing them a speedy recovery and hope to see them up and about again soon. It has been a bad year with everyone’s health. Hoping this bit of rain will clear the air. A letter is being sent to council again about bikes on footpath in the main street; some ride up and down and want the walkers to get out of their way. We are also concerned at dogs leaving there mess on the main street in town as well. Hope ...

Grafton Men’s Golf

There is no doubt that as a consequence of the current dry conditions the extra run on the course has helped in the achievement of some outstanding golf scores. That was evident in the last Saturday's Naeco Blue 18 hole single Stableford event with the three top scores of the day achieved by three C Grade players. The overall winner, with a healthy handicap of 16, was Josh Tracey who accumulated an outstanding score of 46 points to completely dominate the field of 100 players. Josh, who has ...

Fresh face at decision makers’ table

A fresh new face now sits at the table at Clarence Valley Council meetings. Iluka resident, Matthew Farrell, has taken up a position through the council’s youth mentoring program and will sit with the nine elected councillors during their committee and council meetings for the next six months. Matthew won’t vote but will be an observer to all the decision making processes. He will be mentored by Cr Karen Toms who said it was important to encourage our youth to take an interest in ...

Former CRTA boss on CVC’s tourism services

Geoff Helisma In 1983 Bill Day was appointed the manager of the Clarence River Tourist Association (CRTA), which was funded by valley's five councils on a per-capita basis, business membership of the CRTA, advertising revenue from publications plus a small annual state government payment. By the late 1980s, around 500 businesses were members. In 1990/91, Mr Day gained the support of the former Grafton, Maclean and Ulmarra councils, which adopted SRVs (special rate variation), to fund ...

Man hit and killed by tow truck

A man has died after being hit by a truck in the Clarence Valley region. Just before 9pm Friday September 22, emergency services were called to Summerland Way, Warragai Creek near Grafton, following reports a tow truck had hit a pedestrian. NSW Ambulance paramedics treated a 62-year-old man; however, he died at the scene. The driver of the tow truck was not injured, and was taken to Grafton Hospital for mandatory testing. Officers attached to Coffs/Clarence Local Area Command ...

Last chance to apply for sports grants

Clarence and Richmond Valley sports clubs only have until October 6 to apply for a NSW Government grant of between $250 and $20,000, Clarence MP Chris Gulaptis has emphasised. “The NSW Government has allocated a total of up to $50,000 for clubs in the Clarence and Richmond Valleys and of course I’d like to see as many applications as possible,” Mr Gulaptis said. “I’d especially encourage female teams to apply since only one in three girls are active through a sports club, ...

Ulmarra and Lawrence morning ferry services cancelled for event

Motorists are advised the Ulmarra and Lawrence ferries will not operate on Sunday October 1 to allow for the annual Bridge to Bridge Ski Classic on the Clarence River. Services will not run between 9am and 12pm and motorists should plan their journey, allow extra travel time and follow all traffic signs. Motorists can use Grafton Bridge as an alternative. Electronic messaging signs will be in place on approaches to both ferry services to remind motorists of the change. Roads and ...

Council rejects call to cover HSC hall costs

Clarence Valley Council has told Maclean High School it must pay for hire of the Jim Thomson Pavillion for this year’s Higher School Certificate exams. Council last week voted 5-4 to reject an application from the school to waive the $3000 hire fee. Councillor Greg Clancy put forward the successful motion at last week’s council meeting, back-flipping on his previous support of covering the hall hire costs. “I supported the idea of providing the funding last week because it is a ...

Youth Mental Health first aid course

In collaboration with Our Healthy Clarence and the New School of Arts, CRANES are delivering a Youth Mental Health first aid course to be held at the New School of Arts on October 10-11. The course teaches adults who have frequent contact with adolescents, such as parents, carers, school staff, sport coaches and youth workers, how to assist adolescents who are developing a mental health problem, experiencing a worsening of a mental health problem or in a mental health crises. This course ...

Athletic Success

Maclean High School student Rhiannah Woods recently returned from the NSW Combined High Schools Athletic Championships, where she threw a personal best 11.23 metres (previously 10.97) to win the bronze medal in the 14 years age group. When asked what she put her success down to, she answered: “Tom!” Woods said she would continue to “train hard next year and improve” enough to compete at state level in the three throws events: shot put, javelin and discuss. The winning throw at the ...