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 ...

Social Ten Pin Final

Image Caption: Grand final champions, Split Happens. Images: Contributed Lynne Mowbray The Bowlo Sports and Leisure Yamba have just held their social ten pin bowling competition which was won by “Split Happens”.| The weekly competition which is run over an eight week season is more about having fun than serious competition. The three teams at the top of the ladder (Split Happens, Nath’s Auto and Handymen) had tied going into the grand final, with Split Happens and Nath’s Auto ...

Croquet fever hits the Clarence Valley

In what appears to be an emerging sport in the Clarence, Lawrence Golf and Recreation Club hosted a croquet sign-on and registration day last week. Despite it being one of the most uncomfortable days of the year, the day went very well. Thirty knot winds, aside the twenty eight intrepid croquet players battled on to see some remarkable shots, considering the gale force winds. The Lawrence Golf and Recreation Club will host the croquet as a sub-committee of the main organisation. Acco...

Solid fuel fires banned in State forests

Campfires and barbecues using wood, charcoal or other solid fuels will be banned in most State forests until further notice to reduce the risk of bushfires. Forestry Corporation of NSW's Senior Manager of Stewardship, Kathy Lyons said campers and picnickers could continue to bring and use gas stoves during the ban, except during declared total fire bans. “Fire season has commenced early this year due to the very dry conditions and warmer days across much of the state. Forest fuels and soils ...

McLachlan Park upgrade underway

Clarence Valley Council has commenced construction works on the next stage of McLachlan Park’s redevelopment. On Sunday the camphor laurel trees, much loved by many in the community, were removed. In a letter in today’s Independent, the Greater Maclean Community Action Group’s secretary, Ian Saunders, lamented the trees’ demise: “For generations of residents and visitors [the camphor laurel trees] were the welcome to the town and the ‘signature’ of the town.” “The ...

Changed traffic conditions on Kent Street at Grafton

Motorists are advised changed traffic conditions will be in place from this month on Kent Street in Grafton. The section of road between Pound and Fitzroy streets will be permanently closed on Monday September 11 as work progresses on the new Grafton Bridge. The closure will allow for services to be relocated and earthwork to be carried out. Access for residents, pedestrians and cyclists will be maintained. Motorists should keep to the speed limit and follow the direction of traffic contro...

Carer resilience workshops

  Mission Australia together with Social Futures is holding a workshop aimed at assisting carers of people with disabilities. The Carer Resilience Workshops will be held in the Yamba Public School hall on Thursday September 7 and Thursday September 21, from 9.45am. Social Futures project officer Heather Tannock encouraged anyone who works as a carer to come along and take part in this free workshop which will run over the two days. “There have been a lot of changes [for carers] and ...

Men’s group seeks sponsors

The Waanyji Yaegl Men’s Group is seeking sponsorships to help facilitate a youth ‘camp’ on the Lower Clarence. The camp aims to “teach young men the basic cultural values and respect for land and cultural ways”. The men’s group has already raised some funds after conducting a successful bowls day. “Our group invited a men’s group from Coffs Harbour to join in,” says treasurer John Skinner. Mr Skinner is also NSW Police’s Aboriginal Liaison Officer for the Clarence ...

McFarlane Bridge restoration work leaps back into action

Spring has sprung for Roads and Maritime Services, with work starting on Monday of this week on the final stage of the McFarlane Bridge restoration project. A Roads and Maritime spokesperson said the NSW Government is funding the major work to strengthen the historic bridge across the south arm of the Clarence River at Maclean. “Built in 1906, the bridge is one of only three bascule type structures in NSW but it needs extensive maintenance for continued operation. “The work is important ...

Clarence Valley Past President’s Association (Bowls)

  Wednesday August 16 Twenty-two members were present at Maclean for this event. Twelve of these played bowls making up three rinks of pairs. Lunch was at the Chinese Restaurant with a choice of Chinese and Australian meals available. Game winners - May Ford & Lyn Olsson; runner up - Pat Donaldson & Daph Robson. Competition winners: Nola Watson, Carol Newman, Lyn Olsson, Noelle Graham, Pam Lollback, Marj Davis, Lorraine Eggins. The AGM resulted in the ...