Two-year wait for Maclean IGA

MACLEAN should have its long-awaited new supermarket by the end of 2013, according to developers IGA Metcash.

In a press release the company said it expected a development application for the new supermarket would be lodged by the end of the year and hoped to get approval by June next year.

"Construction of the new supermarket should start in October 2012," the company said.

The land on which the supermarket is to be built needs rezoning before work can start.

Clarence Valley Council deputy general manager Rob Donges said council officers were working on the rezoning application now and hoped to have it complete in a couple of weeks.

It would then be considered by councillors and, if approved, sent to the State planning department for its consideration.

"We'd hope to have it lodged before Christmas," he said.

IGA said the new facility would be locally owned and run and built to a style consistent with the town's heritage values.