News

OUR SAY: Big wet time to think of others

Carrs Drive Yamba during the east coast low that travelled across the Clarence Vally on Saturday, 18th March 2017.
Carrs Drive Yamba during the east coast low that travelled across the Clarence Vally on Saturday, 18th March 2017. Debrah Novak

EVERY time I've inconvenienced by something out of control, be it weather, power interruption or some other natural disaster, I also force myself to take a breath and remind myself that I don't have to be out in it if I don't want to.

Even when I used to have to photograph football in driving rain, listening to wags yell from the stand "Your camera is getting wet mate!” I could take solace in the fact that there was no life or limb on the line.

Not so for those who venture out into the worst of conditions as part of our emergency response services.

Whether they are paid workers on the roads or council, police and ambulance, or the volunteers who make up our RFS and SES units, they head out into the conditions we don't want to.

And yet still some have the gall to criticise.

"Why isn't this road closed yet?” "How come it takes so long?” yell the wags.

My answer? If you're not happy with the service, join up.

The SES for one is always crying out for volunteers, and they are flat out getting people along to emergency information nights, let alone join.

So for those who slogged it out in the wet this weekend, thanks for the service. To have people willing to give their own time, and often safety in the service of others is one of the best things for any local community.



Licence to disperse flying foxes one step closer

Dispersal of flying foxes in Duaringa will take place next week.

Councillors at odds over solution to dispersal of bats

Hogan plans to rebel if Australia Day scrapped

MP Kevin Hogan

"I don't support the changing the date for Australia Day”

Third time lucky for memorial day

REMEMBRANCE: Loved ones and fellow truck drivers will come from as far as Sydney and Queensland to remember those who have lost their lives on the roads at the Grafton Truck Drivers Social Club Memorial Wall Service on Saturday.

Truck drivers memorial service scheduled for this Saturday

Local Partners

PHOTO GALLERY: Camera club captures Upper Clarence beauty

THE majestic landscape and wildlife in the surrounds of Coombadjha Art Studio provided the perfect backdrop for a Grafton Camera Club photo camp.


Jemma's bewitching voice

STAGE PRESENCE: Suzie Mathers and Jemma Rix in a scene from Wicked The Musical.

Wicked musical theatre star Jemma Rix has released her debut album.

The finance solution for Clarence Valley's poorest residents

GOOD BUSINESS: Director Dr Masum Isa and CEO of Grameen Australia Duncan Power with Bendigo Community Bank South Grafton director Karen Toms and chair Peter James.

Social business group provides beneficial alternative to welfare

This laughter yoga video will have you in fits of giggles

BEST MEDICINE: Karen Flannery is spreading happiness through laughter throughout Hervey Bay.

New members needed for a laughing good time

OPINION: Bachelor really crossed the line

Leah’s abrupt Bachelor exit is slut-shaming at its worst.

Marvel stars tease superhero epic

The four year wait for Marvel's The Defenders is over.

The Defenders stars on their long-awaited superhero team-up.

The two stars who intimidated Chris Hemsworth

Chris Hemsworth was intimidated by two other Hollywood stars.

Thor star says he was ‘weirdly shaken’ when he met two other actors.

Sam Newman: How a Playboy magazine changed everything

The new crew of The Footy Show.Source:Supplied

How a Playboy magazine changed everything.

Leah slams Matty: ‘I was incredibly disappointed’

Leah says she was ‘incredible disappointed’ with Matty J.

BACHELOR evictee's controversial chat with Kyle and Jackie O.

John Eales finds peace with the haka

Inia Maxwell and John Eales in a scene from the documentary John Eales Reveals: The Haka.

Rugby legend is on a quest to learn about a sacred Maori tradition/

The Bachelor recap: Secret pasts publicly exposed

Matty J is left speechless on The Bachelor.

TWO Bachelor contestants’ secret adult pasts have been exposed.

199 home sites approved in Evans Head

The Evans Head Manufactured Home Estate plans. Zoran Architecture.

Manufactured Home estate approved near aerodrome

Airbnb, Stayz and co tipped to squeeze Coast housing market

HOLIDAY BOOM: Airbnb letting is putting a further squeeze on long-term rentals.

Councils exploring options to manage the industry

Developer tears up couple's contract for new home

Jade and Edward Roberts were stung by the sunset clause on the first day of their honeymoon.

The developer has the right to do this under the sunset clause

Reports of Ibrahim family connections to farm and food hub

John Ibrahimat Bluesfest 2012.

REPORTS circulate colourful Sydney family have investments on the NR