An artist’s impression in October, 2015 of how the revamped McLachlan Park could look. Clarence Valley Council has voted simplified McLachlan Park development guidelines that doesn't include some of the 'fancy' improvements such as boardwalks and sandstone walls.
An artist’s impression in October, 2015 of how the revamped McLachlan Park could look. Clarence Valley Council has voted simplified McLachlan Park development guidelines that doesn't include some of the 'fancy' improvements such as boardwalks and sandstone walls.

McLachlan Park revamp given go-ahead

ALL the hurdles have now been cleared for the redevelopment of Maclean's riverside McLachlan Park.

Clarence Valley Council tonight voted to amend its earlier decision for a staged development of the park and will instead complete the work in single, continuous development.

The decision means four camphor laurel trees, which were to be removed over five years, will go at the same time.

Clarence Valley Mayor, Richie Williamson, said council had listened to the residents who wanted the trees retained but had to make a decision that was in the best interests of the entire community.

"We want this park finished as soon as possible," he said.

"It has already dragged on too long.

"What we will have at the end will be a showpiece and I'm confident that, over time, even those who now oppose the removal of the camphor laurels will see the benefits of what we are doing."

Cr Williamson said the upgrades to the park would provide visitors with complete and improved picnic and recreational space for gatherings, a great place of family outings and an attraction for tourists.

The council expects work on the park to begin by October.