Photo Stephen Otton
Photo Stephen Otton

Chamber says majority of community supports park development

THE Maclean Chamber of Commerce has backed Clarence Valley Council's redevelopment of McLachlan Park, with president Peter Gordon believing it was "10% of 10% of the people of Maclean" who protested against the project.

"We didn't ask to have the trees removed but it's one of those things where the trees had outgrown the size of the park, they'd taken over," he said.

"I think some people are emotionally attached to the town as it is, but now that some are starting to realise we will be getting a better park, I think they're getting past the emotional time."

After years of delays, Mr Gordon is glad work has begun on the redevelopment of Maclean's McLachlan Park, and said the chamber was excited about the potential of the redeveloped park for the economy of Maclean.

"Finally something is happening, and Maclean is starting to move again, there's things happening in town," he said.

"After years of waiting there's something positive happening, and that's great for the confidence of Maclean."

Mr Gordon said the new park, once completed, would be an asset to Maclean and showcase the natural beauty of the Clarence River.

"When we get the boardwalk and the replacement of the levee wall panels we will get to access the river and that's what the tourists want, to see the natural beauty of the river," he said.

"Most people are well aware we will be getting something better. It's an opportunity to see the river from River St again like the town always did. For years the townspeople have wanted the town to go towards the river and face the river, like the town was originally, and this is a start.

"Everybody we speak to say they're happy with the way things are going. It's one of those things were you lose a bit but gain a lot more."

Camphor Laurels to get the chop: Maclean's iconic camphor laurel trees in McLachlan park are set to be removed as part of Clarence Valley Council's contentious redevelopment plans.
Camphor Laurels to get the chop: Maclean's iconic camphor laurel trees in McLachlan park are set to be removed as part of Clarence Valley Council's contentious redevelopment plans.