'Give us a sign' says Maclean chamber
MACLEAN businesses are putting pressure on the RMS to stump up cash for a highway gateway sign similar to one built near Alstonville.
Chamber of Commerce president John Riggall said the Alstonville Chamber of Commerce and townspeople had combined to come up with a design for the sign and the RMS paid for it.
"If they can get one, we want one too," Mr Riggall said.
He said the chamber had gone to Alstonville to see the sign and discuss tactics for getting something similar for Maclean.
Mr Riggall said the chamber would like the sign to be placed in the middle of the roundabout on the highway upgrade near the service centre which will be built near Maclean.
The location of the centre is yet to be finalised.
An RMS spokesperson said community input on the site was still being considered.
The RMS has options to locate the service centre near the new bridge at Harwood and near Ferry Park on the southern side of the town.
A document on its website noted the height of the bridge could make the northern site problematic.
Mr Riggall said the southern site was the chamber's favoured option and was confident it would be the successful site.
"The chamber is right behind it," he said. "It will create something like 200 jobs, which is a big plus for the town."
The chamber's project officer David Cooper said he had just received a package of documents from Alstonville about their sign.
"It's early days for us," Mr Cooper said. "But we need to get something on the highway near the service centre to get people coming into the town."
He said Maclean was on the cusp of being declared an RV Friendly town following the installation of a dumpsite in the Maclean Showground.
"Anything we can do to get people to pop into town once they stop there will help," he said.