Maclean Chamber of Commerce publicity officer John Riggall and architect Gail Dawson look over a set of plans the Chamber of Commerce presented to the Clarence Valley Council for the proposed upgrade of the Maclean Boulevard footpath.
Maclean Chamber of Commerce publicity officer John Riggall and architect Gail Dawson look over a set of plans the Chamber of Commerce presented to the Clarence Valley Council for the proposed upgrade of the Maclean Boulevard footpath. Debrah Novak

Waterfront plan gains momentum

THE proposed waterfront precinct plan for Maclean will make the town "come to light", according to Maclean Chamber of Commerce publicity officer John Riggall.

The plan, which would result in much of the business centre being opened to the river, was discussed during a chamber-sponsored public meeting in Maclean on Wednesday night.

And, with some minor tinkering, it received 100% backing.

Mr Riggall said the plan was essential to the future of Maclean.

"It is too important. It has to happen now," he said.

The plan involves relocating the fisheries building to provide open space near the river at the CBD, providing new access points and viewing areas to the river, moving the toilet block near the Spar Supermarket and bringing the flood levee closer to the road in places to provide better views of the river.

Mr Riggall said the chamber wanted as much community feedback as possible so it could sort out any issues before going back to the Clarence Valley Council with a unified position.

"It is very important that in the next six months the community gets behind this and locks it in so works can start immediately," he said.

Clarence Valley councillor Ian Tiley, who chaired the meeting, said the proposal was "pretty exciting".

He said the council needed to sign off on the plan soon after the public consultation had finished so it could be embedded in the development control plan for the area.

Cr Tiley said there would be a meeting on April 23 at 5.30pm at the Maclean Services Club where the plan would be discussed further.