Wayne Phillips, of Grafton and Clinton Luxton, tussle in the heavyweight grand final of the Wooli goanna pulling championships.
Wayne Phillips, of Grafton and Clinton Luxton, tussle in the heavyweight grand final of the Wooli goanna pulling championships.

Easter marathon



FESTIVALS and sport featured on the Clarence Valley's Easter program.

The Australian National Goanna Pulling Championships went ahead at Wooli, where defending champion Clinton Luxton won the heavyweight title a fourth time.

National hockey league games were held in Grafton (See Sports Monday).

Kilts were the most popular fashion item at Maclean during the annual Highland Gathering and games.

The population in coastal communities was further boosted by vacationers seeking recreation and fishing.

Fishermen were in luck. The Daily Examiner fishing correspondent Dick Richards said yesterday the fish were biting, which was good news for the Minnie Water Family Fishing Festival.

Police reported no major incidents apart from a head-on collision near Tyndale on Friday which killed Adrian David Crispo, 18, of Alstonville.

A man, Basil Slaughter, 82, was airlifted by the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter to Coffs Harbour Base Hospital after he suffered broken ribs while canoeing on the Nymboida River yesterday, Grafton police said.

Police said he was canoeing with a group of people. The helicopter crew was summoned by a distress beacon at 1pm.

The true meaning of the Easter Break was observed at church services throughout the Valley.



VIDEO: Narrow escape for motorists

premium_icon VIDEO: Narrow escape for motorists

WATCH: Traffic chaos as emergency services rush to clear road

Pop go the prizes for Grafton Base Hospital fund raiser

Pop go the prizes for Grafton Base Hospital fund raiser

Don't miss a chance to win big for a good cause.

Fire jumps road and is impacting properties

Fire jumps road and is impacting properties

The fire had burnt 255 hectares before jumping road

Local Partners