Green space at Cameron Park under threat as rezone is closer
MACLEAN residents are one step closer to losing green space in their precious Cameron Park.
At Clarence Valley Council's committee meeting in Maclean on Tuesday night, councillors were asked to rezone part of the existing park from special use to recreational.
But a section of Cameron Park would not be rezoned and instead would be paved over to make way for new car spaces.
The rezoning would allow the council to replace car spaces Maclean will lose when the new IGA Supermarket is erected next to the park.
It's a move Cr Craig Howe has never sanctioned.
"I think this is like Shoppingworld taking part of Market Square (in Grafton) to build car parks," Cr Howe said.
The elephant in the room throughout the meeting was Cr Andrew Baker whose resignation from the committee became public on July 18 when it was reported in The Daily Examiner.
In a submission to the meeting, owner of Maclean Spar, Bob Little alluded to Cr Baker and said he was the only person who had ever owned the property and had the "vision" to give Maclean a supermarket and link the town to the riverfront.
Before joining the council, Mr Baker had submitted plans to build a supermarket on the car park where IGA will be erected and help secure the necessary land to build a boardwalk along the riverfront.
As part of the deal to convert a section of the Cameron Park green space into a parking lot, council staff recommended "expe- diting the work on the Maclean Riverside Precinct Plan."
"You can't guarantee we're going to have a new green space on the riverfront," Mr Little said.
He urged the councillors to use the money gained from the sale of the IGA site to acquire some private land for car parks, an idea Cr Howe said he supported.
Normally there are five councillors on a committee, but due to Cr Baker's resignation and Cr Sue Hughes' apology, the decision whether or not to move the proposal onto a full council meeting fell to Crs Williamson, McKenna and Howe.
The rezoning proposal went through on votes from Crs Williamson and McKenna, but Cr Howe's indication he stands against it means the idea may have trouble passing through the full council meeting in Maclean on Tuesday.