Clarence Valley councillors have announced further dates for their current round of listening sessions across the council area. To date, councillors have held listening sessions at Grafton Shoppingworld, the Yamba CBD and most recently on Friday May 5, outside Farmer Lou’s in Skinner Street, South Grafton. Mayor Jim Simmons said there had been a good response to the sessions held so far and that the councillors who had attended said it had been a valuable exercise. “This is the level of government that is closest to the people and we feel it is important to get out and listen face-to-face to what people have to say,” he said. “We are happy to talk to people about any council-related issue.” Upcoming opportunities for residents to speak directly to councillors: • May 12, noon-2pm, outside Iluka Post Office; • May 19, noon-2pm, outside Maclean Variety Meats; • May 26, noon-2pm, Grafton Shoppingworld; and • June 2, noon-2pm, Yamba Shopping Fair.