News

Time's up for Clocktower

Clocktower Gallery members, from left: Haze and George Castrissios, Bernie Kenny, Joyce Campbell, Barbara Teare and Maureen O’Shea. The gallery members have been told to move out of Tourist Information Centre in South Grafton.
Clocktower Gallery members, from left: Haze and George Castrissios, Bernie Kenny, Joyce Campbell, Barbara Teare and Maureen O’Shea. The gallery members have been told to move out of Tourist Information Centre in South Grafton. Adam Hourigan

THE 22 mainly elderly members of the Clocktower Gallery don't know what more they could have done to keep their premises at the Grafton Tourist Information Centre.

Gallery president Bernie Kenny said in the five-year relationship gallery members helped gain $170,000 in Federal Government and Clarence Valley Council grants to fund renovations officially opened in April this year.

They've paid 20% of the takings in that time (about $127,000) to Clarence Valley Tourism, reclaiming 5% to spend on upkeep of the premises and provided a daily volunteer who has been able to help out centre staff in busy periods.

"They used to have two people on staff when we moved in, but they've been able to cut that back to one," Mr Kenny said.

The good times came to an end for the gallery on July 30 when the Clarence River Tourism board resolved "that the current arrangements in place with the Clocktower Gallery cease to exist from 1 September 2012, and that the manager advise the Clocktower Gallery in writing by 31 July 2012."

Clarence Valley Tourism doesn't dispute the relationship has been mutually beneficial.

Vice-president Bob Little said it had been remark- ably amicable, but the board decided the centre needed to focus more on the original intent of the building, to conduct audio-visual displays of Clarence Valley attractions.

"It was one of those things that happen over time," Mr Little said.

"Over a period things change until you realise these things have got out of hand."

The decision could spell the end for the gallery which began life almost two decades ago operating out of a shop in Pound St, near Weileys Hotel.

"When we moved in there the walls were a bright orange colour," Mr Kenny said.

"We were eventually allowed to paint them a more suitable colour.

"When we got the place looking good they put the rent up and we had to move out. That situation seems to have repeated itself."

Mr Kenny said it was likely the gallery members would disband as they would find it hard to get new premises.

"The gallery gave a lot of us something to do as well as earn a little bit of cash to supplement our pension," he said.

"But the main thing was it gave a lot of us a reason to get out of bed in the morning."

Topics:  tourism



Community tackling ways to slow the suicide rate

Draft plan to reverse horrific suicide rate in the region

VIDEO: Christmas lights galore in the Clarence Valley

Lighting up Martin Crescent, Junction Hill for Christmas 2015. We want you to let us know where the best lights displays are this year.

It's time for a little Christmas cheer

Jail time for massage creep who digitally penetrated woman

SENTENCED: Timothy Moffatt, 68, was sentenced to more than 13-years imprisonment after more than 30 accounts of sexual assault.

Disgraced Coffs Harbour masseur sentenced for 13 years imprisonment

Local Partners

Koala stops traffic while taking an evening stroll

"I CANNOT believe it, just got home and had to give way to a koala crossing the Main Street.”


Community tackling ways to slow the suicide rate

Draft plan to reverse horrific suicide rate in the region

Tribute to remember rowing club legend

Greg Thompson at the 1991 Australian Masters. Greg also became Grafton Rowing Club President in the early 1990s.

The annual Head of the Clarence River Regatta is this weekend

Workshop to tackle Clarence Valley's suicide rate

A workshop to tackle the mental health issues around the Clarence Valley's tragic suicide figures will be held next Monday in the GDSC.

Health authorities seek community help to tackle suicide rate.

MOVIE REVIEW: Bad Santa 2

Billy Bob Thornton and Brett Kelly in a scene from Bad Santa 2.

NAUGHTY Santa sequel falls flat.

Coldplay bathes Brisbane fans in sea of colour

Chris Martin, lead singer of British rock band Coldplay, performs at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane. Coldplay are in Australia for a five-show tour. (AAP Image/Dan Peled)

Frontman Chris Martin drapes himself in Australian flag

Sia, Keith Urban top Aussie Grammy nominations

Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban at the 50th Annual Country Music Association (CMA) Awards

Beyonce dominates with nine nods for 2017 Grammy Awards

New gallery connects humanity and nature

One of Craig Parry's amazing images to be shown at the gallery.

Well known photographer to display one metre images

No fear for Freya's final dance

TALENT: Freya Ramsey performs Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend at the Clarence River Dance Academy dance concert.

Freya prepares for her final Clarence River Dance Academy concert

Hailey Baldwin: I don't understand Taylor Swift's squad

Hailey Baldwin has taken a quick stab at Taylor Swift and co.

INSIDE STORY: The highlights of your $150 million CBD

GRAND PLAN: The highlights of the Ipswich CBD redevelopment and where they will be located.

Work on city heart's radical transformation to begin next year

VOTE IN OUR POLL: Sand mine opponents face serious dilemma

Public meeting for the proposed sand mine at Maroochydore last week.

Coast MP calls on Minister to stop KRA proposal with stroke of a pen

Developer's grand new multi-million dollar estate

NEW ESTATE: This is the only plan revealed by the property developer's new Billabongs Estate in Agnes Water.

DEVELOPER given the go ahead for a massive estate with 149 homes.

Banks reclaim Gladstone homes as job losses bite

LONG FALL: Property experts Heron Todd say, based on key market indicators, Gladstone is still travelling to the bottom of the market, with property prices set to get cheaper.

Property valuers say Gladstone housing market hasn't hit the bottom

The million dollar property to test Mackay's market

This Victoria St building will go to auction Tuesday and investors will be watching closely to see how much it sells for.

'High profile architect designed CBD asset' goes to auction

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!