Times a-changin

By TOBY WALKER

twalker@dailyexaminer.com.au

WITH proposals for a redeveloped cinema, a new hostel and more retail spaces in the pipeline, the times certainly are a-changin' for Yamba's town centre.

And it would seem the way Yamba's residents tell the time could itself change with the recent unveiling of plans to build a five-metre town clock on Coldstream Street.

The concept, pictured right, comes from developer Bob Johnson and Avmay Designs artist Denise Patten.

Mr Johnson initially decided he would like to incorporate the clock into his Yamba Time Square development and approached Ms Patten to come up with a design that would reflect the town's heart and soul.

Dozens of designs later, the pair have settled on a design they believe would further add to the identity of Yamba's trading centre.

While his Coldstream Street project is a mix of commercial, retail and residential space, Mr Johnson said he would prefer the clock to be associated with the town rather than the development.

In the open men's doubles the Beckman brothers, Michael and Philip, will attempt to win the title for the ninth time together. Michael, with 13 wins, shades Philip on 12 in this event.

The open women's doubles and mixed events will be of a high standard.

The special men's singles has 20 entries with Grafton's Nick Ada, the current district and city club titleholder, the sole local entry.

The women's special event also has great entries with the majority being non-seeded players from the open.

Special men's doubles has 12 pairs with John Power and Jason Hyatt the No.2 seeds, while the women's event has Grafton pairings Melissa Fussell/Natalie McPherson and Kellie Ford/Adrienne George among the seeds.

A barbecue and canteen will operate each day with the open men's and women's singles finals scheduled from 11am Monday. Sponsors for the tournament are the Jade Kebab House, Grafton District Services and Bowling Club and Dunlop Sports.



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