Maclean seeks council backing

By Adrian Miller

Clarence Valley Council is being urged by the Lower River community to consider buying the Wherrett Park Squash and Sports Centre at Maclean.

The Daily Examiner last Monday reported that the centre's owners and proprietors Ross and Sandra McPherson have received an offer for sale but are considering their options because the building would not be retained in its current form.

Mr McPherson, who has owned the sports centre since it was built in 1983, said it would be a great shame if the Lower Clarence lost the centre. He had spoken to the council with a view to sale.

The Examiner has been inundated with letters since the McPhersons' story was published.

The Lower Clarence Sports Council (LCSC) has also contacted the council, asking it to look at buying the centre.

LCSC president Jim Simmons said the loss of the centre would greatly affect the youth in the area. "If it was lost, what have the kids of the Lower Clarence got? Not a lot." Mr Simmons said he believed the community would be better served by council spending money on facilities it would use, such as Wherrett Park, rather than belonging to organisations such as NOROC.

Clarence mayor Ian Tiley said he would ensure the Wherrett Park Squash and Sports Centre would not be closed to the public.

"I have been negotiating with the owners and I have a guarantee that under no circumstances will the centre be demolished," Cr Tiley said yesterday.

Mr McPherson said a meeting had been held with Cr Tiley and staff members. The meeting examined possibilities and did not make a decision.



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