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Whitney gets a taste of Valley life

By EMMA CORNFORD

A HEAD of curls and porcelain smile could be seen abseiling their way down a 30-metre cliff at Nymboida yesterday, as former Australian cricketer Mike Whitney filmed an episode of channel seven's Sydney Weekender program.

Yesterday morning Mr Whitney said he was looking forward to spending a couple of days in the Clarence, which he knows 'like the back of his hand'.

"My missus is from Lennox Head and was born in Casino so I've been here heaps of times before ? it's a beautiful part of the world," Mr Whitney said.

"I've never been to the National Park out at Nymboida before so I'll be abseiling down a 30-metre cliff which should be great fun."

Mr Whitney, along with the Weekender crew, spent yesterday partaking in adrenalinepumping sports. Last night they were to stay at the Nymboida Coaching Station Inn and will today head to Ulmarra.

"I've heard the coaching sta- tion is absolutely beautiful so that should be amazing," Mr Whitney said.

Weekender producer Tim O'Connell said the program would also touch on the history surrounding the Clarence.

"We try to get the history across, in terms of the old industry and that kind of thing ... which is important too," Mr O'Connell said.

"We're also doing a bit with Big Sky Express because we travel a lot of places and it's not common to see local businesses putting in their own money and getting behind an airline like that. We want the people in Sydney to know about that too."

Clarence River Tourism manager Jenny Massie said she was glad the program was able to come to the Valley.

"From our point of view, having Sydney Weekender showcasing the Valley means we have access to Sydney which we otherwise wouldn't get because we can't afford to advertise down there."

The episode will screen on June 25.



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