$1.3m from car park funds to benefit Maclean
MACLEAN will benefit from $1.375million raised by the sale of the Centenary Dr car park being earmarked for use in the town.
Mayor Richie Williamson said his move at Tuesday's council meeting to create a special fund for the money to ensure it was spent only in Maclean was an election promise.
"I said at the time the funds from that sale should be purely for the betterment of Maclean," he said.
He said the council would be interested to hear from the community about how the money would be spent, but it had its own priorities.
"Opening up the town to the river is our major concern," Cr Williamson said.
"Some of it will go to the upgrade of McLachlan Park.
"In the longer term we also have our strategic plan for the riverside precinct."
Cr Williamson said the community could decide what other projects could benefit from the funds.
The president of the Greater Maclean Community Action Group, Bob McPherson, said improving safety around the swimming pool and bowling club was a priority.
He said the news the council had quarantined all the money from the sale for Maclean was "refreshing".
"When the deal went down on January 14, staff were saying 50% of the money would be set aside for Maclean and 50% would go into general revenue," Mr McPherson said.
He said there was a long-standing safety concern for patrons of the Maclean Bowling Club and the swimming pool.
"The no-through traffic sign is at the exit, not the entrance of the street going past the club," he said.
"It's confusing and people are ignoring the signs. We then have people leaving the club walking straight into moving traffic."
Mr McPherson said this problem had been around for some time, but needed fixing before the proposed supermarket opened.
He said his group has booked a meeting with Cr Williamson on February 26 where they would talk about community needs for Maclean.
"I've sent an email to members asking them to bring their proposals to the meeting," he said.
"There are several other things I know people in the community want to work on, but we need to have further discussions before we can talk about them."