Centre?s future still clouded
By JURIS GRANEY
THE final days of Wherrett Park Squash and Sports Centre are quickly approaching.
That is the view held by the Lower Clarence Sports Council (LCSC) which believes Clarence Valley Council is not doing enough to save the centre.
Centre owner Ross McPherson yesterday confirmed he had received a written offer from the neighbouring Mareeba Nursing Home to buy the centre.
But LCSC vice-president Pat Battersby fears it is all too late.
"If council doesn't buy the courts the Lower Clarence will have gone from having 11 squash courts a few years ago to having three," Mr Battersby said.
"This is not to mention the loss of other facilities for playing indoor cricket, netball and basketball.
"It will not only diminish the sports in the region, but also affect the social aspects of the town.
"It has been proven over the years that when kids are playing sport they have less time to spend being anti-social.
"The kids in this region are always complaining they have nothing to do and are bored and if we lose Wherrett Park it will become a bigger problem.
"Council now has the perfect opportunity to prevent this from happening."
Mayor Ian Tiley said council would consider the issue in the first week of September, but by then it may already be too late.
"If the Lower Clarence were to lose this facility it would be an absolute tragedy," Cr Tiley said.
"But you have to understand that we are a brand new council who is being asked to get involved in something with a very substantial price tag."