The Clarence Valley
Kay Cottee AO – Sailor
Kay Cottee was the first female sailor to perform a single-handed, non-stop circumnavigation of the world. She performed this feat in 1988 in her 37 feet (11 m) yacht Blackmores First Lady, taking 189 days.
“Over 10 years ago Peter, our son Lee, then aged 4 1⁄2 years, and myself set off from Sydney looking for a holiday house. We flew to Bundaberg in Queensland, hired a car and started driving down the east coast stopping at all the little towns and villages along the way. It wasn’t until we reached Yamba on the mighty Clarence River that we thought we had found our paradise. Even so we continued on our journey south. Needless to say nothing caught our eye so we returned to the beautiful Clarence Valley.
Why Yamba? The warm mild climate, fresh unpolluted air, stunning beaches and the deep and easy to access Clarence River. We purchased a block of land on the river bank just out of town and instead of building a holiday cottage we built our home, complete with a painting and sculpting studio for me.
Living in the Clarence Valley has given us the chance to enjoy owning Yamba Marina and running it with the help of fantastic local people. Lee of course loves the life, fishing, swimming, sailing and camping in the beautiful surrounding national parks”.
Troy Cassar-Daley – Musician
Troy Cassar-Daley, from Grafton is at the top of the Australian Country Music scene. He has a reputation amongst his peers in the Australian music industry as being the most loved and respected singer/songwriters in country music. This is reflected on a mainstream level by the many industry awarded accolades for his work as a successful recording artist.
Troy’s career has spanned 8 studio albums over 20 years. His latest album HOME, released in March 2012 debuted on the official ARIA album chart at No.9 and the National ARIA Country album chart at No1. The album won the Deadly for Album Of The Year in 2012 and 4 Golden Guitars, including Male Artist of the Year and Album of the Year at the 2013 CMAA Music Awards.
Throughout this time Troy has been awarded numerous accolades including 4 ARIA’s, 26 Golden Guitars, 2 APRA Country Song of the year awards, 8 Deadlys (Australian Indigenous artist awards), 4 CMAA Entertainer of the Year awards.
Sir Earl Christmas – ex Prime Minister
Sir Earl was the 11th Prime Minister of Australia and born in Grafton in 1880. He was elected to the house of representatives for Cowper in 1919 and served as a Minister and he was the first Deputy Prime Minister.
Sir Earl became Prime Minister of Australia in 1939 following the sudden death of Joseph Lyons. The position was held in office for a short period of only 3 weeks though until the UAP elected former Deputy Leader, Sir Robert Menzies.
The McClymonts – Musicians
The multi-talented musicians from Grafton, Brooke, Sam and Mollie, have come a long way since their 2007 debut album Chaos and Bright Lights. They picked up the ARIA for Best Country Album in 2010 for second album Wrapped Up Good with hit singles ‘Kick It Up’, ‘Wrapped Up Good’, ‘Hearts on Fire’ and ‘A Women is a Flame’.
They then topped it in 2012 with their third album Two Worlds Collide featuring ‘How Long Have You Known’, ‘Piece Of Me’ and ‘Two Worlds Collide’, which again won the Best Country Album at the ARIAs. Their fourth album, ‘Here’s To You & I’, was released in July 2014, debuting at #1 on the ARIA Country chart and Top 10 on the All-Genre Album chart. It was nominated for an ARIA Award for 2014 Country Album of the Year and was awarded the Golden Guitar for Highest Selling Australian Album of the Year.