News

Ambassador still enchanted by Grafton’s charms

ADVOCATE: Author Gillian Mears talks of her time living in Grafton after being named the 2014 Clarence Valley Council ambassador at a ceremony in the Sir Earle Page Library and Learning Centre. Photo: Adam Hourigan
ADVOCATE: Author Gillian Mears talks of her time living in Grafton after being named the 2014 Clarence Valley Council ambassador at a ceremony in the Sir Earle Page Library and Learning Centre. Photo: Adam Hourigan

AWARD-winning author Gillian Mears will be only too willing to talk in glowing terms about Grafton as part of her new role as the Clarence Valley Council ambassador.

Ms Mears spoke about her feelings on being named the ambassador for 2014 at a ceremony in the Sir Earle Page Library and Learning Centre yesterday.

She warned her audience she could talk forever about Grafton before embarking on a 30-minute address recalling the Grafton she knew after her family moved here from Lismore in 1973 when she was nine.

She also described the effect Grafton has had on her life and writing despite not being a "true Graftonian".

"The town sank into my blood and it crept into my bones and it definitely crept into my fiction," Ms Mears said.

She said even as a nine-year-old she came to see Grafton as an enchanted realm.

"I can still get that feeling of enchantment even walking under the trees in Victoria St, which I do believe are different to any other shade street tree," she said.

Ms Mears and her sisters also revelled in the city's connection with horses, giving her audience four memories she has of her siblings and their horses during their youth. She described her father's paddock for the horses where he planted winter grass and white clover.

"I could feel the seeds flow through my fingers like time itself," she recalled.

"It may have been the flood mud or it may have been the charmed nature of Grafton but we would gather up four-leafed clover and feed it to the horses before competitions and it seemed to work well."

DEX APPEAL

The Daily Examiner is a publication Gillian Mears cherishes when away from her home.

She described how as a young university student feeling alienated in Sydney, she was delighted to find a news vendor in Martin Pl that sold copies of the newspaper.

"When I lived in Adelaide it was always a treat when someone sent me a whole intact Daily Examiner. It was a precious thing," she said.



Winning formula: Grafton to kickstart championships

HAPPY DAYS: Trainer Stephen Lee, owner June Baker and jockey Tegan Harrison celebrating their win at the NRRA Country Championships qualifier with Profiler on Sunday March 6.

Stakes raised for Country Racing's flagship regional event

Clarence Valley lucks out for long weekend weather

Check out the forecast for the next few days.

Little things make the difference for Pam

Pam Whelan is a finalist in the 2016 Aged Care Hospitality Awards for her work in the laundry at The Whiddon Group Grafton.

Hard work at The Whiddon Group recognised as national award finalist

Local Partners

10 of the worst wedding day disasters

Getting hitched without a hitch. That's the aim, right?

Trump's comments make light of statutory rape

Trevor Noah has gone to town on Donald Trump's sexism

Forza Horizon 3 review: Australia's never looked so good

Fancy racing a freight train?

Byron Bay, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Twelve Apostles feature

Tommy goes home in emotional Bachelorette episode

The Bachelorette contestant Tommy Saggus.

BRISBANE bachelor hopes show will give him more confidence.

Get ready to rock out in the clover at Pillar Valley

The Ninth Chapter will head to Pillar Valley on Sunday to join the local talent lining up for Rocktober in the Clover.

Get ready to Rocktober in the Clover on Sunday

Beach-side real estate starts at $85k on Fraser Coast

HERVEY BAY REAL ESTATE: You can buy this townhouse in Scarness for under $300k.

Live your beach-living dream locally.

Clarence Valley property prices go through the roof

Buyers are hungry to sink their teeth into the Clarence Valley

UPDATE: Former rodeo champ's sale rained out, now back on

Larkhill local Ken Consiglio is having an auction of most of the things on his property.

'People kept showing up and we had to turn them away'

Couple build their own 'tiny house' for $45k

Holly Bowen and Oli Bucher built their "tiny house" themselves, only hiring a plumber and an electrician. Photo/supplied

The house, which is built on a trailer and can be towed.

Sunshine Beach property breaks real estate record

The property overlooks Sunshine Beach, as the backyard lawn meets the sand.

Sunshine Beach mansion sale smashes real estate record

NEW HOME: Agents to the rescue for family of nine

RELIEF: Tanya Cone (middle) with her kids and McKimm's Real Estate property managers Regan Firth and Nadine Greenhalgh who helped find her family a home.

DEX article prompts property managers to help family find new home