Daily Examiner journalist Lachlan Thompson is spending a couple of days being a roving reporter in Yamba.
Daily Examiner journalist Lachlan Thompson is spending a couple of days being a roving reporter in Yamba. Adam Hourigan

The sun and fun of Yamba while on roving reporter assignment

1.00PM: Neih hou from Tom's Chinese on the hill, in Yamba.

When we heard Tom Chiu was relocating his iconic Asian restaurant we couldn't resist going along to have a chat.

Mr Chiu moved to the Valley more than 30 years ago, starting out working on fishing boats in Iluka.

But life led him to cooking and after running a restaurant in Yamba Bowling Club for four years he branched out on his own.

Twelve years ago he opened a restaurant on High St and it has since become a local landmark.

Tom and Joyce Chiu from Tom's Chinese on the hill in Yamba.
Tom and Joyce Chiu from Tom's Chinese on the hill in Yamba.

But Mr Chiu recently decided to really put down roots and bought a business premises.

"Now I'm a poor bloody Chinaman," he laughed.

Tom and his wife Joyce Chiu were kind enough to cook me lunch using fresh local prawns, snow peas and their very special fried rice.

In terms of why he loves, Yamba...

"Yamba is the best, bloody beautiful, yep," Mr Chiu said.

If you regularly go to Tom's don't be alarmed by the move, as they're only shifting two doors down, from 3/15 Clarence St to 1/15 Clarence St.

Some of the food you can enjoy at Tom's Chinese on the hill in Yamba.
Some of the food you can enjoy at Tom's Chinese on the hill in Yamba.

10.45AM: Sometimes in this job I am privileged enough to meet real heroes and today is one of those days.

I just spent the past hour talking to Yamba resident Jim Agnew.

Mr Agnew has been battling to improve down river health facilities for well over a decade.

Jim gave me a tour of the ambulance station he helped build on Treelands Dr.

And as evidence of his contribution, when the paramedics were called out to a job, Jim was asked to just let himself out.

There'll be more on Jim, his life and his contribution to the Valley in tomorrow's Daily Examiner. 

9.30AM: Good morning sunny Yamba.

It's a dead-set cracker of day on the coast with a perfect clear blue sky and a nice off shore breeze.

I'm just about to meet with one Valley's true heroes, Jim Agnew.

The council decided to name the new new community health centre on Treelands Dr after Mr Agnew last night.

And he's lobbied tirelessly to improve health services in the Clarence.

But we'll be finding out what really makes the man tick.

"Young people today don't know what they're doing to themselves in terms of health," Mr Agnew said last night at the council meeting.

So, I'll keep my McDonalds breakfast to myself.

If you have a story, an idea, or just want a chat give me call on my mobile 0400 960 047 or click here to send me an email.



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