Support those affected by breast and gynaecological cancers this October by hosting a ‘Girls’ Night In’

Northern Rivers and Far North Coast locals are encouraged to register to host a Cancer Council Girls’ Night In or Pink Ribbon Fundraiser this October and help beat women’s cancers. Every day in Australia, around 65 women are diagnosed with breast or a gynaecological cancer. With the local community’s support, Cancer Council NSW will be able to fund important research into breast and gynaecological cancers, prevention and advocacy programs, awareness and support services. The ...

New zero-interest loans for small businesses in the Clarence and Richmond Valleys

Clarence and Richmond Valley small businesses should take advantage of new NSW Government interest-free loans to help them grow and create jobs, according to Clarence Nationals MP Chris Gulaptis. “Coming from a small business background, I know how tough it can be so it is good to see regional businesses getting a helping hand from the Liberals and Nationals State Government, with access to interest free loans of between $200,000 and $500,000 for up to four years,” Mr Gulaptis said. ...

Action urged for R U OK? Day on Thursday 14 September

Sadly the Clarence and Richmond Valleys have among the worst suicide rates in the nation and that is why Clarence MP Chris Gulaptis is urging all locals to get behind R U OK? Day on Thursday 14 September and beyond. “We had some great news recently with $1.4 million from the NSW Government for local suicide prevention initiatives but we can and must do more to help those in desperate need,” Mr Gulaptis said. “Nobody should be left behind. “The R U OK? concept is simple but ...

Largest wetland in upper Clarence to receive a healthy boost thanks to NSW government grant

Important conservation works to restore the health of the largest wetland in the Upper Clarence will be undertaken thanks to a $99,970 grant to Upper Clarence Combined Landcare under the NSW Government’s Restoration and Rehabilitation Grant Program, Clarence MP, Chris Gulaptis has announced. Mr Gulaptis said the aim of the grants program is to support projects run by community organisations and government entities who are working to prevent or reduce environmental degradation. “It’s ...

Northern Rivers Nationals welcome road safety funding

North Coast Nationals MPs Chris Gulaptis (Clarence), Thomas George (Lismore) and Geoff Provest (Tweed) have announced a $5000 NSW Government grant which will allow Anglicare North Coast to conduct road safety courses across the region. The Road to Freedom project will focus on the particular needs of woman (newly arrived refugee/humanitarian entrants) and their road safety needs as determined by them: road rules, bicycle safety and language for road use/share. Workshops will be delivered in ...

Surf photography legend at the gallery

A newly-curated collection of John Witzig’s photography in ‘John Witzig: The Photographer’ officially opens on Friday at the Grafton Regional Gallery. This exhibition combines photographs from the gallery’s collection and works from John Witzig’s private collection. John Witzig is a photographer and co-founder of ‘Tracks’ magazine. He is an iconic name in the Clarence Valley and the international surfing fraternity. The works on display in this exhibition span from his ...

CC Magpies Junior Rugby League 2017 grand final

Clarence Coast Magpies Junior Rugby League would like to share their excitement of having fourteams taking the field in this Saturdays Group 1 grand final being played in Casino: U10’s Magpies vKyogle; U11’s Magpies v Grafton (last season’s U10's Major Premiers); U13’s Magpies v Kyogle (last season’s U12's Major Premiers); U14’s Magpies v Ballina. The club has had a very successful season, with six teams making it through to the finals. Despite playing strongl...

Feedback sought on horse identification

Horseowners are being asked to have their say about the possible introduction of mandatory identification for all horses in NSW. NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) is seeking feedback via a short online survey to gauge interest and support for a simple NSW horse identification scheme. “This initiative was originally raised by NSW Police via NSW Rural Crime Investigators,” said DPI Director Biosecurity & Food Safety Compliance, Peter Day. “DPI is prepared to take the ...

Hot air ballooning comes to Grafton

Look to the sky early this Saturday and Sunday morning and you will be able to see colourful hot air balloons in our sky. 2017 Jacaranda Queen Candidate Alana Gordon has collaborated with the guys from Byron Bay Hot Air Balloons to bring this great experience to Grafton as part of her fundraising efforts for the Jacaranda Festival. Information from Alana: Hot air ballooning as always been something I have wanted to do, when I began brain storming fundraising ideas I knew I wanted ...

Roads And Maritime Services passionate about driving change in aboriginal communities

Road safety in Aboriginal communities across NSW has taken a positive turn with a record number of people obtaining a driver licence through the NSW Government’s Driver Licensing Access Program. Principal Manager Aboriginal Engagement George Shearer said the initiative is helping remove the barriers preventing Aboriginal people as well as people from disadvantaged communities in NSW from entering the licensing system. “In the five years to 2015, there were 87 fatalities, 2772 serious ...