From the newsroom PM 31/7/12


IT'S been a full on day for chief of staff Tim Howard who has been tracking down what's going to happen with the Brooms Head brumbies.

Out at the Broom there are some keen to see the iconic herd back in business, but National Parks have other plans.

We've also learned Clarence Valley Council might have to pay the carbon tax. We're talking to them about how they could still dodge a bullet.

We also caught up with former State of Origin star and now league coach Trent Barrett who had a great time with the Lower Clarence Magpies last night.

He even signed a ball for our new reporter Lachlan.

Patrick Allen, our sport editor is excited to announce the first nomination for the Joan Nelson "Contributor of the Year" award, which will be revealed in tomorrow's DEX.

Named after long serving bowls contributor who submitted reports for more than 20 years, the new award recognises the significant contributions made to the Daily Examiner by the Valley's sporting clubs' publicity officers.

Also, he's working on stories on Apprentice jockey Matthew McGuren's win in the Rising Star Series, Junior Golf and the weekly Football reports.

Reporter Dominic Zietsch has just returned from Splendour in the Grass.

While he wasn't involved in this story:

He was involved in this one:

 He is a bit bleary eyed but has had a good chat with the very-friendly Maclean Fire and Rescue Captain Darrell Shaw who is on a quest to find new recruits for his brigade. He's going to have a chat with us on Thursday about what it's like to be a firefighter and some of the many good reasons to consider taking up the role.

"I've spent time finding out about NBN Co's mobile interactive demonstration centre which is coming to Grafton next Thursday," Dom said.

"Don't let the name intimidate you though, it's basically just a big truck on tour to show the public some of the technology and possible every day applications of high speed broadband... It also looks a bit like a Transformer which put a big grin on my Gen-Y face.

"I just got off the phone with Grafton-based country musician Chris Staff who has recently returned from Nashville where he's been recording his debut album. Chris assembled a bit of a dream team of country music session musicians and he can't wait to share his album with the public later this year. Check out this Thursday's Out There section for more for the full story."

I (Jenna Cairney) have been in meetings, meetings and more meetings. Firstly with the Jacaranda Festival crew who are getting pretty excited about upcoming plans.

We've also been discussing a redesign to our Out There section and will be looking for some reader input into what you want in the future. Any feedback can be sent to me at

I've been loading up my car with promotional material to take to Sydney with me this weekend and will be meeting with the mayor tomorrow to finalise details of the Country Expo. I can't wait to fly the Valley's flag down in the big smoke.

I'm just about to dash off to No.1 Duke St ( for the Grafton Chamber of Commerce's SWOT analysis meeting. I'll try to get a story written up for tomorrow's DEX on any progress we make.

Until tomorrow...happy Tuesday!

Any news tips, feedback or comments you have, as always, email

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