How good would one of these have been on the Clarence?
How good would one of these have been on the Clarence?

DEX FILES: Dam one, dam them all

From The Daily Examiner 50 years ago.

AGAIN URGES DIVERSION OF EXCESS COASTAL WATER INTO WESTERN RIVERS

Mr. L. F. Carroll, president of the Barwon Darling and Walgett Water Users’ Associations, who attended a conference in Grafton on Monday on the diversion of the Clarence water to the west, said in Lismore that excess coastal water should not be allowed to flow into the sea. It should be diverted into the western rivers system.

Mr. Carroll said the Clarence River had the potential for the greatest man-made dam system in the world and that all the northern streams, including the Richmond, had potential for dams which would prevent the annual wastage of millions of gallons of water.

WIDESPREAD DAMAGE IN WILD GRAFTON STORM

In 20 of the wildest minutes Grafton has experienced for many years buildings were unroofed, shops and homes flooded, trees uprooted, glass windows smashed, cars damaged and gardens wrecked during a storm which broke about 5.45 p.m. yesterday with little warning.

COPMANHURST SHIRE WORKS PROGRAMME

A comprehensive works programme for 1970 was placed before yesterday’s meeting of the Copmanhurst Shire Council, detailing the major works to be carried out each month. It includes bridge, culvert and drainage works on the Back Lane Deviation of the Lawrence road, work at Batten’s Bight bridge, at Lollback’s Gully on the Copmanhurst road, bridge at the 13.65 mile on the Casino road, culverts at 39 mile on Casino road, and a bridge at Fischer’s road, Southgate.

COUNCIL APPROVED APPLICATION

Copmanhurst Shire Council yesterday provisionally approved a building application from G. J. and H. M. Long for a pasteurisation plant near Carrs Creek.

MACLEAN SHIRE COUNCIL AND YAMBA COMMITTEE

Maclean Shire Council today considered at length a report in Tuesday’s “The Daily Examiner” of a meeting of the Yamba Urban Area Committee. Exception was taken by the committee to the fixing of a rate for Yamba town improvement without previous reference to the committee.

WATER SUPPLY FOR BARYULGIL RESERVE

A water supply has been installed at the Aboriginal Reserve at Baryulgil and is now being used. Its source is the Clarence River , and it has a resovior capacity of 200,000.

BEANS A REWARDING CROP FOR THE HOME GARDENER

Beans are probably the most rewarding crop for the home gardener. They crop quickly and generously without special treatment. In any case, fresh young home-grown beans have such a special appeal that most of us would continue to grow them, even if we found them much more difficult.