Decision looms on library swap
By EMMA CORNFORD
MACLEAN residents will soon find out if their library will be developed into a supermarket, as the final decision heads to the Clarence Valley Council's next meeting.
On Tuesday afternoon, CVC councillors on the Policy and General Committee voted to put the matter to the full council meeting next week.
The move followed presentations from Andrew Baker, who represented Lanai Pty Ltd, and Bob Little, who represented Travemist Pty Ltd which trades as Maclean's SPAR supermarket.
CVC director of corporate service Ross Bryant said a report into the development of a supermarket at the library site had recommended the library and SPAR supermarket exchange locations.
"The councillors decided that this was an issue that was too important to the future of Maclean to make at the committee meeting and they weren't prepared to do that, so referred it to the full council meeting next week," he said.
He said eight out of the nine councillors were present at the meeting, highlighting the importance of the issue.
"It's one of the more controversial issues and it's very important for the future of retail development in Maclean," he said.
Mr Bryant said a number of points of SPAR's proposal recommended them over the alternative Baker proposal, including merits relating to the SPAR site.