Gathering an economic boon for Valley
LAST year Maclean's Highland Gathering gave the local economy a $200,000 boost, according to Lower Clarence Scottish Association chief Peter Smith.
Mr Smith said a crowd of 3000 watched the street march, while a further 3000 packed into the Maclean Showground for the various activities. While accommodation in Maclean is booked out each year for the event, Mr Smith said the surrounding areas of Yamba, Brooms Head, Grafton, Woombah and Tyndale also housed visitors.
Mr Smith said eight committee members and 50 volunteers organised the event, which will be held this Saturday.
"We get great support from local businesses and we rely entirely on local people for support," he said.
Maclean Chamber of Com- merce president Jody Toyer said the Highland Gathering was a major tourist attraction for the Lower Clarence.
She said thousands of people from all over Australia and New Zealand will be in the 'Scottish town in Australia' this Saturday.
"The most important aspect of the Highland Gathering is continuing our Scottish heri- tage," Ms Toyer said.