Chamber looks for fair airing
MACLEAN Chamber of Commerce believes the dice are loaded against it when it comes to the assessment of its plan for a sandstone wall as part of the redevelopment of McLachlan Park.
This afternoon Clarence Valley Council will be asked to decide on a detailed plan for the redevelopment of the park, which includes a timber boardwalk along the waterfront.
This element of the design has become controversial, with the chamber delegation to last week's environment, planning and works committee meeting outlining the feasibility and costs for a block sandstone wall along the length of the park.
Chamber delegate Peter Gordon said a stonemason had supplied a quote of $140,000 for the work, which should fit with the $1.13 million the council has for the work.
Mayor Richie Williamson moved to defer a decision on the design until the sandstone wall element received a "fair airing".
But chamber president John Riggall is not confident how much air the proposal will receive.
Listening to the committee debate last week Mr Riggall said he was dismayed to hear council's director works and civil Troy Anderson dismiss the chamber's costing as "light".
Mr Anderson said there would need to be geotechnical and hydrological reports prepared and licences sought from a number of government departments, which would delay the start slated for April.
"I was dismayed to hear Troy Anderson dismiss our costing so easily when he had none of his own," Mr Riggall said.
Cr Margaret McKenna is looking to lead the debate this afternoon.
"I think the issue is the long life and low maintenance of the stone wall," Cr McKenna said.
"A timber boardwalk is going to look a little bit ratty in five years and there's issues with litter and bottles building up underneath it."
She said council needed to have all the figures before it made a decision.