CCC forum

The first forum to discuss the effects of the Clarence Correction Centre (CCC) on the community was held on Saturday at St Matthews Anglican Church in South Grafton. Its focus was the impact of the new jail on women, and Indigenous women in particular.

Around 40 people came along. There was a broad section of the community present including Clarence Valley Councillors Debrah Novak and Greg Clancy.

The privately run CCC is being built at Lavidia, 12 km south of Grafton, and will open in July next year. Run by SERCO it will house 1400 men and 300 women, at least 100 of whom will be Aboriginal women. State Member Chris Gulaptis has described it as ‘the fourth largest town in the Clarence Valley’.

The forum was organised by local activists Colin and Joyce Clague and chaired by Associate Professor Pauline Clague from the Jumbunna Institute at UTS.

Dr Nathan Kesteven

The Northern Rivers General Practice Network has continued to support and advocate on behalf of general practitioners over the last 12 months. It has represented general practice through its membership of the North Coast Primary Health Network and from members’ participation in the Northern Clinical Council of the NCPHN.

Areas of particular focus for the NRGPN in the Council have been information and communication technology, Aboriginal health, improved care of refugees and arguing for better integration of health care between the NSW State run local prison system and the better funded and organised Medicare system. 

Tweed Hospital Auxiliary

In advance of an annual general meeting postponed for several weeks because of the region’s bushfires the Northern NSW Local Health District, covering the area from Tweed to the Clarence, released a yearly snapshot of its achievements for 2018-19 

Declaring the ambitious goal of working towards being the “leading regional local health district in Australia” the LHD said it provided healthcare for more than 300,000 people in Northern NSW. It added that significant growth meant the region’s population is projected to grow by eight per cent over the next decade.

The Annual General Meeting of the Northern Rivers General Practice Network (NSW) Limited ACN 062 273 036 will be held at St Vincent’s Hospital meeting room on the 19th day of December 2019 at 6.15 pm. 

It will be followed at 6.30 pm by a Special General Meeting of the NRGPN for the consideration of and, if thought fit, passing of the appended resolutions as special resolutions for the amendment of the Constitution. 

Voting for the AGM can be done at the meeting or by downloading the voting pack from the NRGPN website. 

Master cabinet maker Geoff Hannah with former student Colin Fardon and the latter’s creation, Three Little Birds, sold for $68,000.

Robin Osborne meets local cabinet maker Colin Fardon, a master craftsman in the making.

A chance meeting at a party in Brisbane has resulted in Casino-born woodworker Colin Fardon selling his milestone creation for the astounding sum of $68,000 and in the process deciding to become a cabinet maker full-time.

“Now I can give up the day job and follow the dream,” Colin joked as he carefully handled one of the beautifully crafted drawers from his inlayed collector’s cabinet titled “Three Little Birds”.

The work is part of the exhibition Chesta Drawz and the LowBoys that ran recently at Lismore Regional Gallery. The other works, less ambitious in scale but also superbly executed, were by passionate locals – including former Lismore City councillor Brian Henry - who had studied with nationally acclaimed cabinet maker and local resident Geoff Hannah.  Geoff’ latest masterpiece was in the show, while in a nearby room stood his million-dollar (literally) creation the ‘Hannah Cabinet’, the subject of an intensive fundraising effort aimed at keeping this wonderful work in Lismore.

Colin said he had trained with Geoff for one day a week for 16 years (Colin is now aged 31). The master had never raised his voice or expressed a cross word.