From the Newsroom

Briefs May 1

Iluka War Memorial upgrade

The Iluka War Memorial received an upgrade just in time for Anzac Day 2024 courtesy of the Maclean RSL Sub-Branch with a new plaque and seating.

The Maclean RSL Sub-Branch said the wooden seats at the Iluka War Memorial were weather damaged and the stylised Rising Sun plaque had been vandalised.

The Sub-Branch chose to install a new third pattern Rising Sun badge (1904 -1949) to commemorate its connection to the first Anzacs.


Maclean Lawn Cemetery damage

The grassed area of the Maclean Lawn Cemetery, Townsend, sustained significant damage over the weekend of April 21/22, from a vehicle or vehicles driving onto the grass, coming close to damaging gravesites and council is encouraging the public to report suspicious behaviour to police.

Clarence Valley Council offers a reward to anyone who provides information that leads to a conviction in relation to vandalism of council property.

Anyone who knows anything about the damage at the Maclean Lawn Cemetery, Townsend, or if you see any suspicious or anti-social behaviour, please report the incident to the Police Assistance Line on 131 444.


Caution – Coastal Emus at James Creek

Motorists are being remined to remain vigilant on Clarence Valley roads and be on high alert for endangered Coastal Emus after a group of five of the birds were spotted around Gardiners Road at James Creek last week.

The group of five Coastal Emus were seen around James Creek Road and Gardiners Road at James Creek on several days last week, delighting locals.

There is estimated to be less than 50 Coastal Emus, which are genetically different to all other Emu populations in the wild, with their only remaining habitat stretching from Evans Head to Red Rock on the NSW north coast.



The front-page story in last week’s CV Independent “Packed meeting gets flood education” mentioned that SES Community Capability Officer, Tracey Doherty clarified that Yamba Bowling Club isn’t the designated flood refuge for Yamba.

Yamba Bowling Club is an evacuation centre but may not be used depending on the circumstances of a severe weather event.

Mrs Doherty said while the Bowling Club may be an evacuation centre, the determination for which evacuation centres will be opened and the management of these is the responsibility of the NSW Department of Communities and Justice.


SES Women’s workshop change

The SES North Eastern Zone would like to thank women of the Clarence Valley for their response to the Emergency Preparedness in Community EPiC women’s workshop being held on Saturday, May 4, and advise of a change in location to Yamba.

SES Community Capability Officer, Tracey Doherty has advised that the workshop will now be conducted at the Yamba SES Unit at 34 Fairtrader Drive, Yamba, and not at the Maclean SES unit at 74 River Street, Maclean, as previously advertised.

The workshop will be held from 9.30am till 4pm, with lunch provided for participants.