An impromptu visit by a playgroup in Grafton during the launch of Volunteer Week saw them meet reptile handler Paul Jones and his pet python, Jaclyn.
An impromptu visit by a playgroup in Grafton during the launch of Volunteer Week saw them meet reptile handler Paul Jones and his pet python, Jaclyn.

A kiss from a snake

A CURVACEOUS 25-year-old female named Jaclyn made the Clarence Valley mayor, Richie Williamson, tremble with nerves when he launched the National Volunteer Week activities on the banks of the Clarence River in Grafton yesterday.

Jaclyn, a two-and-a-half metre pet python and her owner, reptile handler and trainer Paul Jones, and other Clarence Valley volunteers gathered in front of an RFS truck for the launch.

While the mayor maintained his distance from Jaclyn he was keen to point out the great benefits of those who volunteer in the Clarence Valley, including those who care for reptiles.

“Whilst I might not be a big fan of pythons, I am a huge fan of our volunteers here in the Clarence Valley. Our LGA is fortunate to have one of the highest volunteer rates in the country, which says a lot about the strength and spirit of our community. I think at the very least this valley has over 300 NFP and volunteer organisations,” he said.

“What this says is this community has an enormous heart and is very caring towards each other, especially in times of need. Some of the lengths our volunteers go to to help each other either as a rescue or support service is extraordinary.

“On behalf of the Clarence Valley community I would like to express our heartfelt thanks to those volunteers who do step up and contribute to make this valley a better place, no matter how big or small their contribution.”

Two events not to be missed are tomorrow night’s conference opening with Olympic gold medallist Natalie Cook, and the Friday night volunteer appreciation evening.

For more information go to www.clarence.nsw.gov.au or ring the Clarence Valley Council chambers on 6643 0200.



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